Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The September Art Spark Challenge took place on the Love My Art Jewelry website. The winner was announced September 27th here and so these beads, my Iced Pink Ceramic Bead Set are well on their way to their new owner! Congrats to Sandra for her winning entry! If you like these beads, you may like these that are already in my etsy store.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I wanted to show off this listing by Jean A. Wells which sports one of my beads. It is the long tube bead in the top right hand corner. That was a fun bead to make and I only made that one. There are no more. So this one of a kind necklace is sure to please whoever purchases it. Also on this necklace is a ceramic focal piece of an owl by Ceramic Bead Artist Marti Conrad -- beautiful!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I wanted to share this beautiful necklace made by one of my customers. She combined a couple of my beads with other beads to make this art jewelry. The porcelain focal bead with violets is one of my beads, and there is another one of mine that I have spotted ... that bead is in the top right side, the sort of white and with bluish violet at one end. I think I see another one of mine but I can't be sure its mine so I won't identify it as mine. This is a lovely necklace!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I don't remember. I made these and bisque fired them. Then they sat waiting for me to glaze them. I have bowls and bowls of beads like this sitting around my studio.
Because there may only be one or two or three beads per style, I'm going to glaze some in the same series of glazes and put them in the same firings. I've never utilized the search function provided by Etsy, so I have written into the item description to search " pink and purple " to find beads with the same kind of glazes. I think this is so useful, that I plan to go through some of my listings on items that are already in my store and streamline that a bit more.
It reminds me of a pink decorated pumpkin, rather an odd color for fall, but I like it anyway.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
They are also very organic looking. I like making nuggets. I measure the clay out in my homemade bead measures, which are little more than a block of bisque clay with a small hole I pressed into it. Then I roll the clay into a ball, take it in my thumb and index fingertips of both hands, and squeeze and slightly twist the clay.
When I texture the clay I wait until after it is completely textured before making the stringing hole.
Friday, September 16, 2011
It doesn't matter if the underglaze gets into the stringing holes. It doesn't melt so the beads will not stick to the rods.
Last I coated them with the Pretty N Pink mayco gloss glaze. These ended up a rustic sort of delicate pretty.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Mayco has another pink glaze which I'm sure will be just as pretty and I will eventually have to try it.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday I set up for a day of glazing and this is what the table in my newly organized studio looked like before I started. I took some beads that I only had a few of, less than a dozen, and glazed them with the same combination of glazes, a purple underglaze and a pink overglaze. After I was finished I set the beads aside to dry overnight. Tuesday morning I put them in the kiln and waited. First I waited until they were fired, then I had to wait overnight to let the kiln cool down enough to take them out of the kiln. Today, Wednesday morning, even before I had a cup of coffee, I took them out of the kiln to ooooohhh and aaaaahhh over. The rest of this week I'll take photos and highlight each style of bead. Tune in tomorrow and the next few days to see the results. Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Since August I have been going in there every day and putting one or two things away and then closing the door. Finally this weekend I had the strength and stamina to stick with it. I put all the glazes in one place and gathered up all my bisque beads and dedicated shelf space just to them with the promise of glazing soon! DO YOU SEE ALL THOSE BOWLS OF BISQUE BEADS? Oh my! One way I relax is with a clay ball in my hands, picking off bits of clay to turn into beads. That is why I have so many one of a kind beads. Plus, I get bored awfully easy and maybe make six or so before trying something new or getting some new idea.
The other problem in my studio, besides trying to walk through it, was the vast amounts of clay I had stored in old plastic coffee cans. I think I had more than 20 of them and right now they are all washed and cleaned and in the recycling bin outside for the trash men to take away this week. I am going to try to stick to three coffee cans from now on. The more I allow myself, the more I will allow myself to store before using it all up and then I will be back in this same place in no time.
In order to put the clay into bags and not breathe all that clay dust, I went outside. It was pleasant because the temperature was in the low 90's this weekend. I used a hammer to pound on those plastic cans to get the clay to dump out into a big bowl. Then I scooped up the remains and put them in large Ziplock bags. Later I can put water in them and hydrate them as needed. However, do you see all the bags of clay behind these Ziplock bags? Do you see all the bins of clay I still have to go through. I don't know how I acquired all this clay but somehow I have to make enough pottery to use it all up. I'm thinking "EMPTY BOWLS"!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
I have realized that most anything that can be done with silver metal clay (PMC) can be done with ceramic clay. And I adore metal beads. They inspire me in the same way nature inspires me. In one of these books I saw a square tube bead, okay, it was more of a rectangle than a square. It was so precise, so lovely that it thrilled my soul. And I thought to myself, 'self, you have to try to do something that precise with regular clay'. As much as I love the precise, I am rarely precise, which I probably why I am so drawn to precisely done objects. However, knowing this about myself did not stop me from getting onto the internet and buying the tool to the left along with the ClayCore Extruder Adaptor, so that if I ever wanted to work with silver clay, I could. Because it is always in the back of my mind that someday, SOMEday I will work with metal. And a torch. And a hammer. And a saw. Ahem, anyway ....
LOL! I have this problem. I really love tools. I suppose that is not the problem. The problem is that after I purchase the tools, I rarely end up using them more than once or twice. I end up back using my fingers and one aluminum knitting needle for all my decorating needs. However, I hope I will use these and maybe, just maybe, actually do some PMC (precious metal clay) work like I've been tempted to do for so very long.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
These are time consuming to make but they make for a quiet relaxing afternoon. I am also trying to decide how to glaze these as well: Blues or greens? Suggestions?
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
The other problem is the oatmeal glaze covered up the turquoise glaze in the letters, so the words are hard to read.
Below are photos of the other bowls with this same problem.
I haven't decided whether or not to glaze the endcaps the same color, a different color, or not at all.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I only made six of these beads. I haven't decided how I'm going to glaze them yet.