Raku Horse Necklace
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Beautiful Raku horse head by Flamin' Turtle Raku hanging from a mix of Sugilite,
Flourite, raku beads, copper chain, enamaeled rings, and finished with a toggle clasp.

Raku is an ancient Japanese method of firing porcelain clay utilizing rapid changes in
temperature. The beads are placed in a very hot kiln and a large air-tight container of
shredded newspaper. With just the right time, temperature, and technique, the beads
come out with vivid colors and sheen. Fire and smoke create the matte black surface
areas that are not glazed. Oxygen deprivation and temperature changes are what
determine the exact shade of the color. Slight variations will cause the glazes the react
differently and the change the colors.