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A quick little bead technique, by Marie Segal

Here is a quick little bead technique, I am working with glitter colors of clay, mixing them with all the translucents.

I am making a color necklace so I can see what each glitter translucent does in other translucent’s.





Revisiting my past again, Cernit experiment #6

Experiment #6;

This is another experiment with Cernit in the #1 line of colors all more opaque now!

I wanted to do another “revisit the past” little experiment.

I believe going back to old designs for myself, shows me how far I have come, a great design is a great design, always timely, and oh how I love this upgrade in the Cernit #1 colors, they are nice and bright in the new #1 line.

No more of this is 50% translucent and this is a 100% translucent or 100% opaque to understand any more. The categories or color sections make so much sense now.

All special clay colors are going to have a category now.

Making the color line in Cernit clay much more comprehensive. Still coming in to fruition.

Sometimes things do get better. Sometimes companies improve things. Not everything is a marketing blizzard of less for more cost.

Comments on pieces in pictures themselves.

This first picture is a piece I made in the 80’s, it was part of a series I did and some of the first pieces I was selling retail in major department stores nationwide. They were also some of the first pieces of millefiori to go major retail.

I am proud of this line. it comes from teaching myself caning or millefiori from a glass paper weight book. It was years of practice to get to this point. No information available at all, like there is today.

Getting these pieces in stores retail, was a step up for Polymer clay acceptance in retail markets. Some one had to do it. On a larger volume.

At this time in my life we had several employees working for us at the time. Getting this in the stores upped our game on several levels.

They were simple canes but effective and dynamic and not really seen before.

New medium work, the one giant step for acceptance in the general public, is placing it retail in places like Nordstrom’s at that time in history.


The original piece circa mid 80’s, color graduated series, all Fimo Classic.This is the next revisit, all new #1 colors Cernit, some canes the same, all a little more intricate now, but very similar. Colors loud and bright, the #1 line and all of Cernit clay canes beautifully, contrary to the old outdated opinion that it doesn’t cane well. Old news. It has been this way for years now. Still touted though by some that have never used it or used it in the last 15 years.The second piece in the second revisit! Pendant necklaceAll three together, top right hand side, old version.

All the canes used to make the new versions. It takes a lot of different cane and I added a couple newer versions, but similar in colors and designs.

Oh by the way, I love the new Champagne color in the #1 line, thank you so much for doing this.

I am loving the newer take on this technique and design, with the beads you see on the left. I think there will be more of these. This my friends is one of the reasons you revisit old designs and work, you are in a whole different state of your art when you come back and things evolve from the paradigm that was set for you by yourself before. Level up anyone?I like them and the colors and couldn’t stop working in the pieces and canes I had made, this is usually a great sign for me.

Just yummy!New pod action! I am really liking the elongated one.

Pattern in sheet work, below my hand on the right side.

These are faves!

These were first. I like them as well.

Set, I have to make another set of the fronts for the disk earrings in the proper color gold. I am loving the gold patterned mice shift insert on the brooch.Another view of all the canes and colors I was using.

Shot in window light, with my iPhone. Not edited.




I am selling beads again in my Etsy store!

Hand formed and painted skull beads by me!


Another bib necklace!

I am sorry I haven’t been around lately. I am getting ready for my classes at the Cabin Fever Clay fest.

It is now open to day visitors, so if you live in the area of Laurel, Maryland or surrounding areas and you want to take a few classes, this would be a good place to do it.

I will try to keep you up on what is going on while I am away.

Here is another way to use the Hoarders Closet bib finding. It is such a fun and versatile finding to play with. The brass ones can even be drilled.

Check it out here:

This is yet another way to use the bib finding.

Brass or silver bib finding

24 gauge brass of non-tarnish silver Artistic wire

Spool of tiny gold chain or silver chain

Assorted beads, chain, and findings

Flush cutters

Chain nose pliers

Thread the 24 gauge wire into the loop on one side of the bib finding.

Bend a small bit over and twist the wire together.

I am going to use a mix of red, black, and white beads, glass, polymer clay, and some chain.

String on a few of your beads. I am using some of the smaller ones on the ends.

Pull the beads back and the wrap the wire around the end of the finding a couple of times.

Like so.

Push a couple of beads down the wire.

How many you use is up to you and how big the beads are.

Wrap the wire around a couple of times again and then push more beads down and wrap again.

I took the wire and wrapped it around the big black bead and the under.

I just keep adding more beads and wrapping.

This is not something that has to be perfect.

Here I am stringing some of the small chain on to the wire.

String on some more beads. Add some more loops of wire. Add some more chain.

You get the idea.

I haven’t had time to finish this, but you get the idea

Now go have fun and make something.


Something else I got side tracked on

Halloween cupcakes!
I was making molds and had to try some of them out.

I got stuck here for a while, I made one for everyone on the Sandy Camp committee. I really appreciate all of these ladies.

No wonder I do not have enough time for everything.

I keep adding stuff to my list. ;-D

Do you do this?

Are you having a wonderful start to your fall or spring?

I am loving our weather.

The light is changing.

The sky is so beautiful.

What a planet!

We are so lucky to be here.

Go outside and wiggle your toes in the grass before it is gone and too cold to do it.

My favorite time of year.


African Trade Beads -part 8

This is a series of African trade bead primary patterns, this is part 8,

you can see part 1 here,

you can see part 2 here,

you can see part 3 here,

you can see part 4 here,


you can see part 5 here,

you can see part 6 here,

you can see part 7 here,

As I said this is one of my favorites.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

If you are feeling stressed smile and breathe.

You will need:

Poppy Red Cernit 900-428

Terra Cotta Cernit 900-839

Opaque White Cernit 900-027

Green Cernit 900-600

Caramel Cernit 900-807

Yellow Cernit 900-700

Porcelain White 905-010– 1.1 pound package

Clay Blade-SB

Makin’s Clay Extruder and triangle disk that comes with it

Extruder disk set 1 triangle

Makin’s Clay Machine

double ended knitting needle


Links for products will lead to my Hubby’s store


Thank you for shopping at the Clay Factory, not just a clay store anymore.;-D

I mixed Opaque White and the Yellow with equal amounts of the porcelain white.

I mixed a half block of Poppy Red and Caramel together and then with an equal amount of Porcelain White to make the Brick Red color.

I mixed a 1/3 of a block of the Green with 3 times the amount of Porcelain white.

Roll out a coil of Yellow that is 3″ long.

Make the coil 5/8″ in diameter.

Roll out a sheet of the Poppy red and Terra Cotta mix. Cut the leading edge at an angle with your blade and trim the sides for straight edges.

Roll the yellow coil back to pick up the edge.

Roll the yellow coil up in the sheet of the Brick red color and roll over on the opposite side of the brick-red sheet. Make the mark with the leading edge cut gently and roll back. Cut just inside the line that you have made with your blade and make it the opposite angle from the leading edge cut. Roll the coil up , match the edges and close the seam. Roll on the work surface a little.

Load up the barrel of the clay extruder using the triangle shown It is the one that comes in disk set 1.

Extrude a full barrel of clay.

Cut the Triangles to the length of your center coil.

Place them on the outside of the coil leaving about 1/8″ separating each one. 

I fit 9 of them around the outside of the center. You might want to stand the center on one of its ends while you do this so you do not distort the triangles.

Roll out a sheet of the opaque white mix on the thickest setting in the clay machine. Trim the leading edge so it is straight and make the sides of the sheet the width of the center.

Wrap up the center gently in the white sheet and tuck in one end of the white sheet in to the gap between two of the triangles with the knitting needle. You will need to be very gently with this process so as not to destroy your points on your triangles. Cradle the center in your hands when you have to hold it. Your patience and attention to detail will be worth it. Tuck the other end in to the area of the first end you tucked in.

Gently now, indent the areas between the triangles with your finger all the way around. Then you will take the knitting needle and lay it in the indents and push a little. Do this all the way around the center wrapped in white. We are going to indent deeper and deeper all the way around a little at a time.

Keep indenting gently.

Like this.


Load up the barrel of the clay extruder with the green mix. Use the flattened triangle that comes with the clay extruder.

Extrude the full barrel.

Cut the extruded triangles to the length of the center.

Lay the triangle point first in to the dips in the white you made with the knitting needle. Roll this gently on the work surface after you have placed all of the green triangles.

Choke the cane in the dip between the thumb and the forefinger and squeeze a waist in the cane. Turning a little and squeezing. Moving up from the middle.

Turn the cane over and start again twisting and squeezing.

Squeeze like this.

Roll the cane after you have reduced it to half the size.

Start with your hands in the middle and roll them and the cane forward with smoothness from the fingertips to the back of the palm of your hand. The roll smoothly back to your fingertips again. At the same time you are moving your hands away from each other, not fast but slowly and smoothly. Once you get to the out sides of the cane pick you hands up and start in the middle again. Pretend I have two hands in the picture.

Use the clay slicing blade and push the blade forward as you roll the cane forward to cut the cane.

Tah Dah!!!


African Trade Beads- part 7 continued from part 6

This is a series of African trade bead primary patterns, this is part 7, which is also the continuation from part 6

you can see part 1 here,

you can see part 2 here,

you can see part 3 here,

you can see part 4 here,

you can see part 5 here,

you can see part 6 here,

As always click on pictures to make them larger.

You will need:

Flower canes already made

and the one made in part 3

Clay Blade- SB

Bamboo Skewer- 2mm

Ruler (if you wish)

Needle Tool- PRO

1/2″ heart cutter-APC1H

5/8″ round cutter-APCAR

Links for products will lead to my Hubby’s store 


Thank you for shopping at the Clay Factory, not just a clay store anymore.;-D



Cut a 1/4″ slice from the block that you made in part 6.

Press the clay slice gently to your work surface.

Start in the corner of one side, the side you want to start at is up to you.

Cut out a heart with the 1/2″ cutter.

Cut firmly to the work surface and pull back quickly the heart should stay in the sheet but be cut out.

Turn the cutter around and cut the next heart out and pull back quickly.

Cut out the whole sheet of hearts, as many as you can get out of it.

I got 5 out of this sheet.

There are the hearts. A couple stuck in the cutter and I took the cutter and placed the heart on a fresh piece of clay (I used the block I made, it is best to condition a fresh piece of clay and use that instead) and pulled back quickly and it pulled the heart out of the cutter a little.

You can also dip the cutter in water and then cut and it will come free. Do the water dip each time you cut one heart out.

Use the needle tool and drill the needle in to the top of the heart to poke the hole through to the bottom.

When the tip comes out the bottom drill the needle back out.

Turn the heart over and drill the needle in to the bottom hole you made with the needle.


You will need:

A little section of the original cane from part 3

You will need it to be 3/4″ in diameter.

5/8″ cutter

scrap clay from block you made in part 6

Slice off two thin slices.

Roll out your scrap clay on the thickest setting in your pasta machine. Cut out two rounds.

Roll them together into one ball.

Flatten out the slices a little with your thumb and forefinger.

Cover half of the ball with one slice.

Start on one side of the ball and match the other slice to the one you already added.

Pull the slice over to the other side and push it to match the slice that is already there.

Sometimes the slice will not match so I push the scrap clay in with my finger nail and push the edges of the slices together over it.

Once the edges are together, roll the ball gently at first and make it as round as you can.

“Drill” into the bead with the point of the skewer. I hold the bead in my hand.

Rotate the skewer and move in to the bead. 

You will see the bead start to bulge out on the other side, keep drilling until the point goes through barely.

Drill the skewer back out.

Turn the bead over and drill in to the hole on the coming out side, it will even out the hole on that side.

Drill the skewer back out.

Bake on a piece of corrugated cardboard box top and bake the bead sitting on the hole.

If you bake the bead sitting on the hole so that if there is a flat spot from settling while baking it will have another bead there when strung and will not be seen.

The next cane is fun. Coming in part 8!!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Love and huge hugs.


African Trade Beads- part 6

This is a series of African trade bead primary patterns, this is part 6,

you can see part 1 here,

you can see part 2 here,

you can see part 3 here,

you can see part 4 here,

you can see part 5 here,


Well, I am going to post this on a wednesday even though it is saved for Wonders. I do not feel bad doing this because it is a wonder I am still moving through this series.  I have taken and edited 100’s of pictures, given a lot of techniques, and I find, I am still scratching the surface here, so I continue.

As always click on pictures to make them larger.

You will need:

Flower canes already made

the one made in part 5

and the one made in part 3

Clay Blade– SB

Bamboo Skewer- 2mm

Ruler (if you wish)

Needle Tool– PRO

Links for products will lead to my Hubby’s store  


Thank you for shopping at the Clay Factory, not just a clay store anymore.;-D

Roll the cane from part 5 down to a little less than 3/8″.

Cut the cane piece in to 3/8″ pieces or as long as the are in diameter.

You can use the ruler to cut your beads or you can use the first cut bead to measure the others you cut.

Roll the bead gently with your finger and thumb to take off the high spots and round the bead.

Once you get it pretty round you can roll it faster in your palms.

Once the bead is round you can pierce the bead by drilling through one side with the needle tool.

You can see the needle starting to push out the bead on the opposite side.

Drill out the needle tool.

Turn the bead over to the opposite side and drill the needle tool in to the hole to even out the shape of the bead and round both holes out.

Even on both sides. Tah-dah!

Bake on a piece of corrugated cardboard box top and bake the bead sitting on the hole.

If you bake the bead sitting on the hole so that if there is a flat spot from settling while baking it will have another bead there when strung and will not be seen.


We are going to make a block of cane rods that can be used for making beads or for rolling out canes sheets for covering items.

You will need the cane from part 3

Roll it down to 3/8″ or a little under.

Cut the cane rods 2 1/4″ long.

Place 3 together.

Cut 3 more and stack them in the dips of the others.

Cut 3 more and stack in those dips.

This is them standing on the end of the canes.

Cut these in half.

Move the front half in to the left side. It will fit right in there like it was made to go there.

Like this.

I did not feel the cane was going to be long enough so I added another cane to the bottom right side continuing the pattern.

One to the middle and one to the top.

Stand the block on one of the ends.

Slide the blade down the outside of the top cane and the bottom one cutting the middle one in half. It will probably stick to your blade.

Move the cane half to the left side to make the straight sides.

The cane ends now become what I call the face of the block.

Lay it on the sides and compact the top and bottom of the block, not the face of the block, with the thumb mound of your palm.

Turn the block on the sides of the block and compact the canes together.

The first cut should just even the face and take off some of the bulging cane face.

Take another slice that is about 3/16″.

With your blade at an angle bevel one edge.

Then bevel the opposite edge.

The slice will look like this.

Lay your skewer in to the middle of this slice down the length.

Pull up the outside edges around the skewer.

Match the edges and close them around the skewer.

Push the edges down and press gently together.

Roll on the work surface to smooth the seam together all the way.

Grasp the whole length of the tube bead with your hand and break it loose from the skewer by twisting the whole thing gently.

It may even be out of shape or lumpy.

Roll again on your work surface to even it out.

Roll the blade and the skewer forward to trim the end of the bead off for a straight edge or end.

With the blade laying flat on the surface to measure your next bead length.

I have the sharp edge on the left side of the blade.

Rock the sharp edge up and roll the skewer and the blade forward to make the next cut. Always hold the blade straight up and down.

I cut as many beads (3/4″) as I can this way.

If I have a small section of bead left I cut small spacer beads.

Usually about 1/8″ to 3/16″ long.

By pressing gently on the bead (3/16″) with my thumb and forefinger I can bulge the sides out a little.

By taking one of the 3/4″ tubes I can make a nice barrel bead by pressing with my thumb and forefinger evenly in the middle slowly.

Here are the beads so far. I am stopping here.

I will continue with the rest of the beads in the next part.

Probably Thursday.

Ta ta for now!


African Trade beads-part 4

This is a series of African trade bead primary patterns, this is part 4,

you can see part 1 here,

you can see part 2 here,

you can see part 3 here,

My back is still kind of iffy. I have a hard time sitting at the computer or even using my daughters laptop on the couch. I was starting to feel better over the weekend and I think I did more than I should have and I am back at the beginning again.

We had a storm like crazy yesterday and the day before, waterfalls of water, yesterday morning it hailed, it is cold, sun peaks out once in a while, the wind is gusting, it is wicked weather.
So how about that for the first day of spring.

Happy Spring all of you! No matter what it looks like outside.

This is large tube bead made from the canes we have done so far and the new one coming up.

A little sneak peek.

You will need:

Black Cernit clay

2 or more canes- 5″ sections rolled down to 3/8″ in diameter

Clay Slicing blade

Bamboo skewer

Instructions for tube bead here

You will need to condition some black clay and make a tube bead of plain black Cernit clay.

Slice little sections of the canes, the slices are really 1/16″ maybe smaller than that.

The cane on the left is the next in the series.

Apply the cane slices one at a time down the tube bead in a row.

That is the next cane in the series, this is one of my favorites.

Apply the next cane slices in to the dip between the last cane slices.

Apply the next cane slice and the repeat the design if you only have three canes to slice.

if you have a lot of cane you need never repeat the rows.

Hold the bead and release the skewer from the clay and then roll gently again.

Once you have all the canes in place, roll the tube and the canes on your work surface to smooth the surface. I do not roll so much that the canes blend edges together. You can if you wish.

I love the way this looks though with the edges defined.

Now roll the bead and skewer forward while holding the blade straight and move it forward too. This does take practice. You will trim off the edge to make it straight. Trim the other side too.

Pick the side of the bead that appeals to you the most and hold the bead ends with your thumb and forefinger and bend both ends up into a curve.

Bake on a tray with box cardboard lining it.

Curved tube bead.

Next African cane pattern coming soon!


African Trade Beads- part 2

Part 1 here or

Favecraft link here I messed up and posted the wrong link 😦

Well, the 1st cane is made and you need something to do with that cane, so I am going to give you a couple of simple beads to play with now.

You will need:

Clay slicing blade

Needle tool

Bamboo skewer

1st Bead

You will need a ball of red clay mix, you can find that on part 1.

The ball of red clay is about 3/4″ or a little smaller.

Roll a 2″ length of the cane you made in to a 3/8″ coil and slice off little pieces. These are about 1/16″ in thickness.

 Place six slices around the center of the ball, leaving a small space between each slice and the next.

Place three slices on the top and three below the center slices.

The ball will pretty much be covered with slices.

Roll the ball with slices gently at first and the a little more rapidly in to a ball.

I like to leave the lines in the beads between the slices and the backgrounds, it looks more like the real African trade beads made out of glass.

Pierce with your bamboo skewer by drilling in to one side. And drill the skewer out and drilling through the hole on the other side.

2nd Bead

Using a ball of black clay the same size as the one for the bead above. Roll it in to a ball and then roll in to a 1″coil.

Pierce with a bamboo skewer by drilling through one side and when the tip shows a little, drill it out of the bead.

Then drill through the other side and the same hole.

Using the same size slices add two at a time to the bead and then add two right next to that row but in the spaces between the other slices.

Stagger the slices in this pattern all the way around the bead. 

I leave the bead on the skewer so I do not distort the hole or the bead.

Once covered with slices roll the bead on the skewer on the work surface to smooth a little. Leave the slices raised from the surface of the black core.

With the clay blade roll the bead and the blade forward away from you at the same time and cut off the ends of the bead for a straight edge on each side.

Bake the bead on one of the ends on a piece of cardboard.This way there is no shiny spot on the bead.

Cardboard is the same texture as the baked clay.


3rd Bead

Using a smaller piece of red clay than the first bead and thinner slices.

Place the slices as close as you can get them to each other.

Place the slices all over the surface of the red ball and then gently roll the bead at first and then roll a little faster and with more pressure from your palms.

I roll this bead until the surface is smooth with no lines from the slices showing.

Roll this ball in to a teardrop.

 Flatten the thick end of the teardrop with your forefinger and thumb. It will be about 1/4″ thick.

Use a bamboo skewer to make an indentation in the thick end of the teardrop to form the lobes of the heart.

Here are the beads so far, I have one more to show you.

4th Bead

This bead can be used as a little spacer or for a bead itself.

Slice the cane slices as thick as the diameter of the cane rod.

Using the head pins poke holes in the beads by drilling the head pin through the slice.

Bake all of the beads on a piece of cardboard in a 275 degree F. pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Shut off the oven and let the beads cool in the oven until you can touch them or place them hot out of the oven in other to a bowl of ice water to cool.

Next, a cane pattern???

September 2020

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