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About this design:

I love primitive style, so I took the technique that a lot of pottery artist use and applied it to polymer clay and it works. First the beads are formed, then cured in the oven and when they are still hot a microcrystalline wax is applied, the process can be repeated multiple times, one gets the beads that look like they were just dug out at the archaeological site. I know they are not for everybody but I love them, planning to do some designs with them and put some in the shop.


Polymer clay, microcrystalline wax

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  1. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    You have nailed it – great idea and wonderful pieces.

  2. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Wonderful job…they look OLD

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:


  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is after you painted them ? or did you use colored PC? Does the wax give the surface texture or does it add color also?

  5. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love them!

  6. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow Asia, I love these! Each bead has it’s own unique design and stamp. I really like the disc shaped ones. So inspired! The finish is exquisite, almost raku-esque with that colorful metallic finish. Lovely!

  7. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    If they’re not for everybody – they’re for a lot of us. those are so beautiful.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Thank you everyone, Becky I backed them first then treated with wax, then re-baked them again to set the finish in, you can repeat this process many times until you satisfied with the finish, I also used a leached out polymer clay to get the extra texture in the bells :D

  9. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    I love these beads and your technique is incredible.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    These are fabulous….love them!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Becky, baked not backed ;)

  12. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    so the color is also from the wax? I know this wax from chemistry and I have never associated it with color, only “finish”

  13. S Clifton
    S Clifton says:

    I love it , it looks old and timeless like something you would really find on an excavation dig. Great technique I would buy this piece in a heart beat.

  14. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Wow indeed, Asia ! These have the same feeling to them as raku – - am impressed by the patience it must take to create them. They are totally unique and very beautiful – -

  15. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    so so wonderful!…Absolutely great! alone are inspiriing me to start some clays! Please keep up the wonderful work!!

  16. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    I just took a closer look at a bigger picture. Absolutely amazing. They really look old!

  17. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Okay, m’dear, do you think you might do a mini tutorial of your polymer beads? Not trade secrets, just some beginner tips … please?

  18. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    I have played with Polymer but the work you have posted is taking polymer to a whole new level. I look forward to seeing what you are doing next. WOW!!! And I am with the Red-haired Chick….teach us! Please.
    Devoted Fan NT

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh wow! They do resemble Raku a bit but better yet they look really OLD! Fantastic!

  20. Laud
    Laud says:

    I adore these. Archaeology? YES!

  21. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Those are really beautiful. I love this finish. Stunning.

  22. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow Asia. You sure accomplished what you set out to do. It’s just beautiful,and it does look as if someone dug it up in some faraway exotic location,and then cleaned it off really well.
    (Just before the “natives” came over the hill with their poison darts LOL) ;)

  23. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    They are all perfect, Asia!

  24. Asia
    Asia says:

    I’m overwhelmed by your reaction, thank you so much everyone. Becky I sent you a message. Merilee I will post some links to the web sites that have a lot of information about polymer clay. I really don’t have time to do tutorials on such a vast subject,in my real job I work at least 10 hrs. a day with long stretches of not having a time off, I get up at 4:30 AM only so I can spent an hour on the computer before I head to work, then in the evening I usually get a little bit of time too. I will try to post everything by tomorrow evening :D

  25. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    beautiful work asia

  26. franny
    franny says:

    wonderful, Asia!…i love them too…really enjoying seeing your experimentations!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Oh, poor you, Asia, hope you don’t have a long way to work! I know what you mean about not having time — I don’t either have time to read and post to this blog as much as I’d like, although I have a bit shorter days — but other things have to be done too!
    Wonderful pearls, and I’m as curious as everyone else, especially about the wax you use, is it intended specially for polymer clay?

  28. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    OMG!!!! These are stunning!! Please post the websites/ info! I totally understand about the tutorials as I have a full time job as well as making/selling jewelry! Very time comsuming but I love it! I would loooooove to be able to make something anywhere near close to this! They are beautiful!

  29. Asia
    Asia says:

    Just like I promessed there are a few links to great free tutorials on polymer clay; Sculpey .com ( covers all the basics, very easy and also some projects mostly for beginners), ( good variaty of tutorials for beginners and more advanced), polymerclayfimo.livejurnal ( an advanced web site, most tutorials are in Russian, but pictures are very easy to follow ) I joined Pinterest recently and you can follow my Polymer clay board @ WinterBirdStudio. Good luck everyone with your projects :D

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    Janet Miriam says:

    L.O.V.E. these!!

  31. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Thank you Asia….these are amazing.

  32. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Love, love, LOVE these! You know I like stuff that looks like ancient bits dug up from an archeolgical site… keep ‘em coming…

  33. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    THANK YOU!!!

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