After viewing photos on Flickr which featured some really stunning examples of this technique, I felt inspired to try it. The internet is rich with information and truly generous artists who are willing to share their knowledge. A video on You Tube demonstrates how to make a bicone using a sheet of acrylic, a table, and a round ball of clay. Very cool.
I tried it with a ball of plain clay, then added some design elements: four slices from a leaf cane and some trimmings of my sheet of gold-leaf- on-black clay.
I swirled away, and this was the result.
I liked it, but wished the design had made it's way out to the edges of the bead. I tried again, but used only three slices from the leaf cane.
Some photos I'd seen were of bi-colored swirled beads and I tried to do that. I have a flower cane with nice color contrast: green and orange center with purple petals. I covered a ball of clay with two slices from this cane. The mistake I made was to place the ball on the table with the green center facing up. As I swirled, the green disappeared leaving only purple. Pretty, but not what I was after (bead on the left).
I tried again with the green area perpendicular to the table, and "voila!" I stopped swirling a little too soon with the bead on the right, but now I know how to get what I want.
I made some bead sets:
as well as some of the fun-and-funky variety:
These beauties make fabulous focal points for simple necklaces:
Click on above image to see the listing at Etsy
I'll be listing these for sale over the weekend.
Thanks for stopping by. :)
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