A Bracelet made from Clay Beads, blackened on a Bonfire

A Bracelet made from Clay Beads, blackened on a Bonfire

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The beads are made from red pottery clay containing Chamotte. Place in a hay or straw-lined metal box and then in the embers of a fire. The black look is achieved due to the oxygen deficiency whilst firing. Use for jewellery or as keyring fob.

Guide step 1
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Day 1: Shape the beads (diameter approx. 1 – 1.5cm) from red pottery clay containing Chamotte.
Guide step 2
2.
Make a 3mm hole in each bead using a flower stick.
Guide step 3
3.
Make patterns with a flower stick or with a modelling tool.
Guide step 4
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Day 2: Make three holes in the bottom of a metal tin with a lid.
Guide step 5
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Line the tin with hay or straw, place the beads in the tin and put the lid on.
Guide step 6
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Place the metal tin with the beads on the wood and light the fire. (The slow increase in temperature optimises the firing of the beads). Make sure to keep the fire going so that there are embers around the tin for at least two hours – but leave the tin in the fire until the next day.
Guide step 7
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Day 3: Open the tin and take out the finished beads. They are now black due to the oxygen deficiency during the firing. Use the beads for jewellery etc. Follow the steps for making a bracelet with an adjustable knot and a braided pendant for a keyring.
Guide step 8
8. This is how you make a single adjustable knot
An adjustable knot is an adjustable fastening for necklaces and bracelets made on leather, polyester and cotton cords.
Guide step 9
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Double over the cord so that it lies parallel with the “loop” at one end and the cord ends at the other. Feed one cord end underneath the other – then feed the same cord end through the loop.
Guide step 10
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Now feed the same cord end underneath the crossing and up before feeding it down into the loop on the left. Pull the knot.
Guide step 11
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Turn the bracelet/necklace so that it is mirror imaged and make another single adjustable knot in the other end. Trim the ends very close to the knots.
Guide step 12
A Braided Pendant for a Keyring
Beads are attached to the tassel at the bottom on the pendant shown here. You may also attach beads to the actual braiding, as described in the instructions.

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