Although I make these beads myself and I could replace them easily if I lost an earring, I still prefer to use Sterling Silver Safety hooks...
I hold classes so you too can make your own ceramic beads.
I also have loads of pre-made beads in my shop. ;)
I start forming the clay into the shape I want either a ball, a flat bead, etc and either add a hole or pieces of high temperature wire as needed.
After the beads have been slowly air dried, and this drying time can take up 4-5 days in winter, each bead is cleaned gently with a damp sponge to make sure the surfaces are smooth. Re-drilling is usually required because the holes can be partially lost during the cleaning process.
Once out of the kiln, each bead is painted with tiny brushes. Usually 2-3 coats of specially formulated underglaze colour is applied to each bead and then
2 coats of a clear glaze.
After complete drying, the beads are placed back in the kiln, this time on special supporting racks which I designed myself, and then through a second 24 hour kiln process.
Once this second process is complete, I can hardly wait to open the kiln and catch the first glimpse of the small, colourful treasures I have created! - This is my favoutire step!!!