Thursday, March 1, 2012

BHB - Mean's Big Honkin' Bead

Yeah, I know it's supposed to mean a big-holed bead that is meant for leather or a pandora type bracelet. And what got into me here - - - I really couldn't tell you. This bead is actually about 3" long and made of Terra Cotta Earthenware. It's still in clay form and hasn't been fired yet. The bead is hollow so once it's fired it will be relatively light and will look great on a long necklace with maybe another bell shape and a beaded tassle fringe. I'm debating with myself as to whether I should paint it African Zulu style with lots of different colors or whether I should cover it entirely with an Opal White kind of paint that will let the red bleed through on the higher spots. Maybe I should make several of these beads and try a couple of different styles. For an artist I have to tell you I hate making decisions like this - LOL.

I'll ask you guys - Which painting style do you think?

5 comments:

Roberta said...

I have no idea. Surprise us! I love the bead now, can't wait to see how it looks after it is fired!

Jean A. Wells said...

I love the bead too - I think there is no other option but to do one both ways. Or do two both ways. Or whatever.....

rosebud101 said...

I love the bead just as it is!!!! Amazing!!!!

Janel said...

I love the idea of many colors, but after you mentioned the entire thing in white...I'm thinking a version (of course, you need to make more) in cobalt.

Sharon Driscoll said...

Thanks Guys - I do think I'll make another one and that would kind of take care of the decision making for me. Or maybe a group of smaller ones I can test some glazes on. Cobalt on that clay - whoo, that's a thought I hadn't considered. It would be a good contrast. Okay, tomorrow I'll make some more :-).