I love the moon, and I love moon beads! For today’s post, I’d like to share a tutorial of one of my favourite designs with a couple of variations. This technique can be used with any kind of clay and applied to any bead shape depending on what you’d like to create.
Start out with a ball (or other shape) of clay. Make a hole and leave it on the skewer.
With a ball stylus, poke a dint in the bead surface…
Open up the dint to make a crater by circling the stylus around in the hole.
Repeat this randomly over the bead.
Randomly poke smaller craters around the surface with the stylus.
And using a smaller ball stylus, fill in the gaps.
Using the different sized craters gives the moon an interesting surface.
If you’d like a more raised crater surface, you again start off with a ball of clay and some smaller balls.
Attach the smaller balls randomly to the surface of the bead.
Using the same technique as with the first bead, open up holes in the centre of each crater.
With a rubber tipped tool, smooth around each hole to give it a raised crater appearance.
Using a damp paintbrush, smooth around the craters to remove the marks from the rubber tool.
You may need to neaten up your holes again with the stylus. Poke some surface craters with your large stylus.
And fill in the gaps with smaller craters.
Once fired or baked, you can decorate however you wish. I love the effect of glaze over the craters as the colours pool inside them.
They look great as rounds and on lentil shapes.
They also look good unglazed… especially when turned in to a beautiful piece of jewellery by a clever friend! (Jenny Davies-Reazor)