Silver rock beads in progress

It’s really late. Actually it’s really early Monday morning and I have to get up in a few hours to spend the day off island. So here’s what I worked on today. (That would actually be yesterday, Sunday)

I gathered my silicone molds of beach rocks:

I rolled out silver PMC and pressed it into the rock half molds to make matching bead halves:

Once the clay dried enough to pop out of the mold without losing its shape, I finished drying the pieces on my cup warmers.

I made the edges smooth and flat and  fit the two bead halves together, dried them again, and drilled holes for stringing.

They will need to be fully dry before I fire them in the kiln. Then they will come out as pure silver hollow beads that are shaped like the beach rocks I love to collect.


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7 responses to “Silver rock beads in progress

  1. holly

    that is a LOT of silver stones in one day! i’d always imagined you did them one or 2 at a time!


    • Barb Fernald

      I love your comment. I looked at the photo and thought, “Is that all I got done in one day?” So, once again you help me find some balance. Thank you my good friend!
      No two are alike in the batch above, and I have a necklace order that will use quite a few of them. My supply is low for silver to add in with the beach rock necklaces. So, I’m kind of in production mode for making a batch of silver rocks.
      School vacation for you today? You’re off and I’m going off-island. xoxo


  2. LeAnn

    It’s really fun to see how you make things. I do love these silver stones.


  3. Sally

    Can you do an update when they’re post-kiln? I’d love to compare the “PMC” with the final results. I think I’ve seen pre/post comparisons in the past, but never hurts to have them again! (and it’s an automatic topic! wink wink, nudge nudge)


  4. I’d love to see the finished beads as well!


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