100% self made

Ok, I have to admit…one thing of being here in the rehabilitation isn’t that bad: the creative therapy. I know it is given to train disabled people their  functions, for me sitting. But every morning their area is open to everyone, lucky me! And lucky for the girls who manage the place because they have a client there, at least three times a week as often as I feel good enough to go. At one of the first sessions, I could only sit for ten minutes, I could name the things I wanted to do/make/create. And I started to make my very own beads. I don’t mean a piece of jewelry, putting beads on a string, nooooo, I have made the beads , the actual beads, to be more specific: ceramic beads. And a lot of sessions later I am able to sit up for over 30 minutes and I have finished this project!

Step one: Mold the special clay into beads, slightly bigger than you want your final result. Pierce a hole into them and thread them on an iron stick.

Molded clay beads

Molded clay beads

As many as you like

As many as you like*








*or as many as you’ve got time for

And than…you wait…and wait….and wait….
For a whole week to pass by….and the beads to dry
Than the beads are baked in a special ceramic-oven on a super-high temperature
The surprise that you’ll get after the first baking, is this:

They look a bit pale...

They look a bit pale...










But…I already was a little bit happy, because all the beads survived the baking process (which isn’t always the case…)
After choosing the colors, I painted the beads…one by one… In colors that are totally not the same as the result will be…but still I was little bit worries while painting them…

using special glaze paint

Using special glaze paint

I choose 4 colors

I choose 4 colors







And there we go again…we wait and wait and wait…for the paint to dry and the oven to bake… There they were: the 100% self made beads! Watch out….photo spam!

Sea blue/green

Sea blue/green



Silver grey & Coral

Silver grey & Coral







I’m so happy with the result! It was definitely worth the work and the waiting! I have already made a necklace with a couple of them…but I’ll show that later. Now I only have to think of what I’ll make with the rest of them…. Aren’t they nice?!

Last pic: all the beautiful beads!

All the beautiful ceramic beads!

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6 Responses to 100% self made

  1. Eva says:

    Leuke blog!! En mooi resultaat 🙂

  2. missfolies says:

    Wauw, ze zijn inderdaad heel mooi. En die kleuren!

  3. Sanne says:

    Wow, ben weer onder de indruk. Ben benieuwd of de kerstman ook iets mee brengt ;-)?

  4. Sucrette says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog today,
    about the cushions: I make a fabric cover for the whole cushion and then I add one crocheted side 🙂

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