Vintage ceramic beads add a rustic note to designs but are sometimes too heavy for wearing comfort. This is where the faux bead is really useful. Todays friday offering is faux ceramic with a vintage or antiqued look. Additionally the beads are hollow so that makes them even lighter in weight. I used a color on these beads that had a more retro feel and it highlighted the distressing/antiquing. I just love the crackles veining the bead; no two beads are alike.
I've made these beads in three sizes and two different colors. If you would be interested in purchasing some for your own designs shoot me a message!
Today's faux offering is a tutorial from Lynda Moseley of DivaDesignsInc. I have been having so much fun with this tutorial that I've barely come up for air. Since I have a bead show that I am trying to prepare for I need all the help I can get. Once I got started on this tutorial I couldn't stop - I was making faux turquoise morning, noon and night.
What's so great about it (aside from Lynda's great knack for instruction) is that you don't have very much waste clay, especially when you make it look like a mosaic setting because it allows you to use up all those tiny bits. I am such a nut for the rustic look and even though Lynda is known for her excellent polished finishes you can adapt this to whatever look suits you personally. I even changed some of them to have a granite or stone appearance.
Now I have this huge bowl of beads that need to be priced and strung, then packed away for the upcoming show. I will be listing some of them on etsy, so you can either buy Lynda's tute and make them yourself or if you are impatient check and see what ones I will be selling at my store!