As soon as I brought my terracotta beads home, I fell in love with them. The box carried the fragrance of the wet earth. It still does. I find myself opening the box now and then and then filling my lungs with the lovely fragrance. The feel of cool mud on my hands was amazing. I sat down with my set of colors to paint the beads. As I readied the bead and dipped the brush in the paint, in an instant I felt something stopping me for doing it. I could not bring myself to paint the beads. I stopped right there and decided I should give the original beads a chance. And I am glad I did that. When paired with Earth and natural colours, the terracotta beads seem to come alive.. I don’t think any level of finesse in coloring those earth colour beads would do them justice.
And no, the mud doesn’t soil your clothes as you think it would. That is what I am being asked the most. The only precautionary measure I think you should take is to prevent them from direct contact with water. So put your worries to rest and let the coolness of the beads feel around your neck.