All the ceramic beads, buttons and components used in Aurora's jewellery are made by her in her Cambridgeshire studio. Each ceramic bead is an original unique creation completely hand worked. It is a lengthy process, but it's very rewarding.
Depending on the final effect desired, Aurora uses a variety of different porcelain bodies. Porcelain is the best type of clay to use for jewellery because of its refined quality. It is smooth, pure and becomes very hard after being fired at 1260 degrees.
Porcelain bead making is a long process which requires diligence and patience. After shaping and texturing, the beads are allowed to air dry for a day or so and then slowly bisque fired to a temperature of above 1000 degrees Celsius over a period of 8-9 hours.
Once the pieces have been bisque fired in the kiln, they go through a round of inspection and get cleaned up for glazing. During this phase the ceramic components are painted, one-at-a-time, using a combination of lead-free reactive glazes and multilayering. All the glazing is hand-applied with small, sweeping brush strokes. Albeit a lengthy process of applying layer upon layer, combination glazing can add beautiful depth and color to the beads. Often the top color will slide down the first, or the colors will intermix and result in a stricking variegated effect.
Once glazed, the beads are then left to dry for a day or so, and finally high fired one more time to allow the colours to develop fully and to further strengthen the beads.
In the last phase, when a jewellery piece finally come together, creativity really takes the front seat.
Now it is the time to choose among a variety of stringing materials, components and other metal elements, the ones that can complement the ceramic pearls most effectively.
An exhilarating process during which new, unconventional combinations of shapes, colors and materials are born.
After the second kiln firing, Aurora often add beautiful details in gold or platinum lustre to her porcelain jewellery. A third kiln firing at &50 degree centigrade is the next step in order to set the gold lustre.