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This raku ceramic bead will look wonderful in your own jewelry designs! Great for necklaces and bracelets! Of course this bead would be awesome incorporated into your fiber works as well! The possibilities are endless!

*I handmade, hand sculpted (not a mold) these raku beads using stoneware clay.

*Bisque fired, glazed and raku fired in my home studio

*Matte, satin, iridescent; gold, silver, aqua; .999 fine silver precious metal clay (pmc) fired directly onto the beads; black from the raku firing process where there is no glaze

*Raku fired ceramic bead measures about 19-20mm in diameter

*Hole measures about 2-3mm


Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoy my art!

What is raku?:

Raku pottery was made long ago for Japanese tea ceremonies. It was modernized later into the process you see today. This involves taking a piece of pottery that has been bisque fired and glazed then firing it in a raku kiln (which my husband and I built ourselves). The piece is then fired to about 1800 degrees F and pulled out of the kiln while still red hot then placed in a reduction chamber containing organic materials such as newspaper, sawdust, leaves, etc. The materials catch on fire, the lid is put on and smoke is created. The fire wants oxygen to keep going and flames often shoot across a piece, pulling oxygen from the glaze. The matte black color (a very unique characteristic of raku) is created where there is no glaze. It's so exciting and creates one of kind colors which are very hard to duplicate. Please note that raku is not food safe nor is it intended to hold liquid.

Caring for your raku piece:
Keep your raku in a air tight container or zippered bag when storing. Do not swim or leave your piece in water for long periods of time. Keep your piece out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, as it will affect the glaze.

Marianne "MAK" Kasparian
MAKUstudio: Raku Pendants, Beads, Jewelry, Supplies, Cabochons, Tiles, Buttons
http://www.MAKUstudio.etsy.com

Fine Silver Gold Hue Raku Ceramic Bead Jewelry Supply Handmade by MAKUstudio

Overview

  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: clay, raku, pmc, recycled newspaper, glaze, precious metal clay, fine silver pmc
  • Feedback: 1389 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Arizona, United States
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