Clay Jewelry Making, Step by Step.
Little Clay Studio's jewelry begins with fresh clay that is shaped into beads and pendants. Green is clay at its rawest form: unfired, unglazed, and damp to the touch. Each bead requires drying time to reach its hardened stage.
Clay at this stage has dried considerably and has the feel of cool leather. Because there is still moisture in leather-hard clay, it can be manipulated with water to reshape or smooth its surface.
Bone-dry clay is absent of moisture and takes at least 12 hours to reach this stage, depending on the warmth and humidity of the environment. The clay is now at its most fragile state and is carefully sanded to further shape and smooth.
The first kiln fire produces bisqueware, which is sturdy and absorbent, and has reduced in size. A second sanding is applied to each piece before it is glazed.
Glazing bisqued pieces adds a layer of color and sheen, depending on the type of glaze used. There are several pieces in Little Clay Studio's collection that are unglazed, which adds a matte and textural quality to the jewelry.
A second kiln fire vitrifies the clay, making it water impermeable when it reaches its cone temperature. Vitrified clay is further strengthened and reduced in size. It is during this fire when the applied glaze develops. The beauty of glaze firing is there is an element of surprise each time the kiln is unloaded. Read more about clay jewelry care and durability.
A color study is applied to evoke a striking combination. Each necklace is hand-bound with thread as every wrap is crucial to achieving smooth and even binding.
There is art in the making Little Clay Studio's jewelry. Find a piece that speaks to your artistic side.