Saturday, October 30, 2010
I recently found a glaze that fired at cone 04 will give an appearance of brass. It's a new specialty glaze from Duncan: sy1026 "Modern Brass" is the name.
That is why I could not help but fall in love with these bass beads on the left. I am hoping to glaze some porcelain beads this week and combine them with these. A few gemstones would be nice... maybe jasper? Any suggestions?
Friday, October 29, 2010
Lest one think I have given up pottery in favor of beads, let me dispel that idea. I have been working steadily on pottery and at the moment have several bowls slowly drying waiting to be trimmed and decorated with sprigs or perhaps sgraffito. To decide, I found a youtube artist interview video on this subject. If you have an extra 9 or so minutes, this is worth your time if you are interested in this technique.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This is a combination of adding small bits of clay to a bead (sprigging) and a bit of piercing, too.
I have been working steadily on this (on the left) and these (pictured below) in my spare time for about the last two weeks. I start off with a ball of clay, apply the sprigs, texture some of the sprigs, then begin poking. I add the threading hole and last I add the small 'bead cap' sprigs to each opening of the threading hole, and poke through again. It seems to tear if I try to do it all in one step.
I have no idea how I am going to glaze this. I am tempted to glaze the sprigs and leave the other part unglazed. The next minute I'm like, "I'M GONNA GLAZE THE WHOLE THING... RED!!! NO BLUE! Wait ... purple?"
There is a certain satisfaction looking at a bisque bead and thinking, "I like it just the way it is." That is probably why I have so many bisque beads in my studio laying around in various sized bags. I have beads from 3-4 years ago, perfectly good beads but I look at them and can't decide how to glaze them so back into the bag they go. I don't know what that says about me. Sometimes I delude myself into thinking I must stop making beads until I get them all glazed. A few days later I'm itching to make a small round thing and put a hole in it and before I know it, there I am with a lump of clay. Oh my!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
On the way there and on the way back, I made small beads, sprigging and texturing them. It was something to do in the car, a bit hard a times because the road was jostling, but it was do-able. Obviously I wasn't driving. ha ha
Today I am getting a bisque load of pottery ready to fire and the beads I formed will be dry enough to go in there as well. The photo of the bead I am sharing is one I made a while ago. On one side it is a bee, the other a flower. It reminds me of spring, which is what it feels like again this week.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This was one of those "I'm Bored I Wonder What This Will Do?" moments. I only have this one bead of this type, but I think it would be fun to make more.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The hole is situated to be from the top of the back to through the belly. This birdie needs to fly away to a good home! You might be able to find it in my etsy store in the Bead Sculpture section.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
These cobalt blue textured beads are great for the casual yet whimsical design. These are approx 14 mm and 15 mm at their widest.
I am planning on making more of this design, but in other colors and sizes. Right now these two are all I have in this particular design. Here's the link if you are interested in purchasing these: Cobalt Blue Sprig Rounds
Friday, October 22, 2010
The Frost clay is has a very different sheen than the B-Mix clay.
If you are trying to match a certain bead with a certain color, it can work, but the clay bodies all have such different qualities it is like mixing two different styles. Sometimes it works, other times it does not. And of course, please do ask if you have any questions about the clay body of a certain bead.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This is what I ended up doing, pressing them into this round bead. If you really really like it, ask me and I'll make more. Of course, it won't be exactly the same, but I can make it in a bunch of different colors. Just let me know what you'd like and I'll do my best to accommodate.
This bead is approx. 15 mm from hole to hole and is made from a very white Leguna clay named 'frost'.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This was made a portion of a commercial stamp. The stamp is quite big and only part of it covered this pendant, but I like how the design turned out. I can see a daisy and a scroll, part of a paisley, and a lovely wavy line.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
When I do add this one to my Etsy store, it will be discounted appropriately. It goes nicely with those Lavender Textured Tablets in the previous post.
I added small round beads to this hand shaped rectangle and used a drill tool bit to imprint a screwdriver like pattern. This was one of those impulse things I do every now and then. It's not large, only 24 mm from top to bottom and 16 mm wide. It's dainty for a pendant.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I didn't make many of these. This is it. But if you find yourself in love with this texture and would like to see them in a different color, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Textured Tablets in the subject header.
I also have a couple of pendants in this same clay body and glaze color that will show up on Etsy the next few days as well.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
These beads were coated with a black underglaze and the excess wiped off. Then I covered each bead with a light blue gloss glaze. In the sunlight these just have lots of depth and value. Indoors, they are muted and wonderful as well.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I usually sit down and create the 'blank canvas' of these 300 at a time. After they are bisque fired they are put in a Ziplock bag so they do not get dusty. Then, I'll take out 5-10 at a time and glaze them. I try to make a lot of different colors so they are individual, and of course, each firing of the same color comes out a bit differently as well.
Usually these are around 12-13 mm, but I have been known to make them as large as 21 mm. If you ever want any of these, in whatever size or color, just let me know. I'll do my best to match or find you the color you want.
Friday, October 15, 2010
At the time, I had in my mind to roll 50, 20 mm rounds. After every 5 or so I had to break free and do something different. I enjoyed making the rounds, but I also enjoyed taking a break and doing something different.
When it came time to glaze these, I just grabbed a color I thought would look neat. I don't remember which glaze I used. I was just fooling around. Eventually I add them to my Etsy store. Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow.