This week I’m on a countdown, myself and my beads will be travelling down to Uttoxeter race course next Thursday to take part in the UK Flame Off. It’s a fantastic show full of everything a bead maker could desire and is a great chance to shop, sell and spend time with friends.
So all I’ve been doing since we last met is making beads, making beads and making more beads. Today I thought I’d show you my new favourite technique.
|Exciting new techniques!|
If you’ve followed my posts here on the blog, you may have spotted that I love surface design, and I’ve been working hard to create my own style using the results of lots of experiments. My goal was to create beads with images on them. I love to sketch and wanted to try out putting some of my drawings on to my raku beads and pendants.
I really enjoy the process of creating, but I’m very impatient. I want quick results that I can easily repeat. So after becoming frustrated with trying to paint designs, I decided to try out screen printing.
The designs were transferred from my sketch book to my computer and I printed a transparency.
|Laser printed transparency|
The screen is prepared with a light sensitive emulsion, the transparency is placed over it, and the whole thing is exposed to a bright light for a few minutes.
|Exposing the screen|
The screen is then washed out and the unexposed areas of the screen are revealed with the design.
|All is revealed|
I mixed up some ink using black stain, and printed on to tissue paper.
|Tissue transfer prints drying|
The transfers were cut from the paper and pressed on to clay shapes to make pendants and beads.
|Transferring the image|
And after bisque firing, they were glazed and raku fired.
|Finished screen printed beads & pendants|
|Lustre fired beads|