I was asked lately whether I colored the beads before or after baking. That is a good question. The answer is that it depends how the beads are colored. The ones above were colored using PanPastel chalks. Because chalk does not adhere well to a baked bead, you want to apply it to the raw clay. After baking, shoe polish was applied to protect the finish and antique the textured areas.
Below is a close up were the fine texture can be seen better.
The beads I featured last week were baked first, then painted. There is a difference in the finish, depending upon which route you take. Both ways work, it just depends which look you are going for.
I did have time to try one other shapes (still not tired of wonky, just looking for more ways to finished them)
|Rolled beads, colored with chalks.|