Porcelain Beads Make a Statement

by Sherry Day.
(Pointe aux Barques, Michigan)

Porcelain Beads Make a Statement by Sherry Day  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Chunky but light weight porcelain and silver necklace

I love jewelry that makes a statement! As I design my one-of-a-kind pieces, I keep wearability in mind as I personally do not like heavy jewelry.

Using porcelain beads gives that chunky look without the weight of heavier gemstones. Porcelain is a very strong clay which has been baked at extremely high temperatures to give it the glassy look.

I like to combine porcelain beads with different metals to create distinctive looks. These light weight artisan pieces are easy to wear with business, evening or casual attire.

Porcelain Beads Make a Statement by Sherry Day  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Chunky but light weight porcelain and silver bracelet

My questions relate to photographing in nature vs. on a model or neutral background and pricing.

I love this group as it is so informative and supportive. Being new to the business, I have picked up such great information. Thank you all!

Sherry Day
Trillium Studio Arts

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  • Sherry I agree – lovely, earthy, lightweight beads like these make wonderful chunky jewelry! The metal beads you combine with your porcelain are just the perfect touch. About your photography question – I like the nature background for these pieces, and I would also test photographing these pieces on a rock, wood, or other outdoorsy element that’s a lighter color. The lighter the color of your background, the easier it will be to see this fab jewelry.

  • Mary Anne says:

    I would wear these in a heartbeat! I love them and the fact you made them lightweight. The photograph is gorgeous! Natural light and natural backgrounds is a great way to photograph.

  • Patti Pojer says:

    Absolutely so beautiful , I love the colors! You have inspired me to work with my porcelain beads
    Love the necklace design

  • Louise says:

    Exquisite ???? do you make your own porcelain beads? Beautiful colours!!

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    Very nice designs Sherry, I’ve used similar beads too.

  • Sherry says:

    Thank you for the feedback. I do not make my own beads because I am not interested in investing in a kiln, etc. I have a whole series of porcelain necklaces, bracelets and earrings in my Earth, Wind & Fire Collection. I am struggling to get them up into my new Etsy shop. I would rather be designing and not fighting with the computer! Happy Creating!

  • Michele C. says:

    Sherry; your porcelain jewelry is beautiful and my type of earthy, organic style. I find the porcelain beads heavy and tend to limit them, mixed with lighter-weight beads. Years ago I fell in love with the colorful and unusual Kazuri beads from Kenya. They are pricey, so I use them sparingly. I got very lucky last Sunday at a local flea market where a lady was selling some older jewelry. I spotted a necklace of pink Kazuri beads, and she offered it to me at $3. I paid her and I can’t wait to take it apart and live the beads a new life!

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