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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Natural Terracotta beads and why I wont paint them.


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. 



7 comments:

Dahlia said...

Would putting a coat of varnish or something work - like those translucent nail lusters, that could prevent them from getting wet, but might still have them looking (almost) same??? Just a thought, may not work at all!

Gunjan said...

OMG you are reading my blog? I am so flattered that all my writing isnt going waste after all.
I tried the transparent nailpolish but two things happened:
The beads got darker in shade than they were. and it was difficult to spread the nailpolish since it was getting deposited in blobs on the bead.

Dahlia said...

Of course I read it, every post! I have set my reader (now feedly) to give me a notification when there is a new post. So keep them coming! You have a regular fan :)

Gunjan said...

Gee. Thanks. That is encouraging!

motidana said...


Hi ,
Just read your post and wanted you to know that like you said I too love the fragrance of fresh wet mud . In my mind I imagine the first drizzle of rain making the surrounding cool and pleasant ! There is a beautiful natural look to your jewellery even without painting the beads :)

motidana

Gunjan said...

Thanks motidana. :) yes I agree, the smell of the wet mud after the first rains is beautiful!

Revathi said...

Hi G, dont worry about the terracotta beads getting wet.. they are one of the best when it comes to letting go off water.. they dont hold water.. the easiest way to clean them is by washing them with plain water.. n they dry up in seconds!
infact all my terracotta pottery pieces that i have made and that have been BAKED (most importantly) are porous..
trust me on this! try it with one of the loose beads if you want to check it out for yourself :))
you need to worry only if you paint them..coz you dont know how long paint will be able to resist water.. also use a coat of varnish if you are painting them.. else let them be as they are.. pretty ones! :))

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