Since I first started creating with art beads, I have noticed a distinct lacking in the area of artisan created bronze and copper metal clay beads and components.
This is understandable, the time and money invested into this media demand a higher price than other more easily created production work.
Why this is important to me is because;
1. I cannot afford a kiln right now and I need to work with these certain metal alloys to demonstrate how patinas work with them
2. I like to support other artists of handmade beads and components in my own handmade jewelry I send in to stores and
3. With endless, unique varieties of creating with base metal clay components, the market won’t be over saturated with similar designs for a couple of years.
So I began collecting links to the few jewelry artists that did offer these fascinating bits of fired metal as limited edition beads that we could use in our hand crafted jewelry.
Here is a list of my favorites:
Dana is a new discovery for me and exactly what I pictured swinging from the end of long patinated lariat chains!
LeAnn is adding to her bead making skills and is now offering hollow tube beads from bronze clay!
I certainly hope you enjoy working with these artists components as I have, in fact there a few free design projects I would love to share in future posts! If you know of any art bead or component makers that work skillfully in bronze or copper clay media, please share a link with us in the comments.
Much Love & Respect,