I am glazing beads today. I am focusing on a base of black under-glaze, used as a wash, a top coat of Chartreuse Green, and on top of that, I am going to brush various glazes for different effects. I am planning a cone 6 firing for these. I will post pics when finished.
In other news, woke up this morning to an international sale. The post office (and Etsy) and has made mailing packages to other countries entirely manageable. Gone are the days of having to fill out a custom’s label by hand, printing out 8 labels for addresses (four for me, four for the mailing and the post office demanded I do an entire copy for myself) ….and also gone are the days of standing in the post office line while they stood there counting their change into a drawer, or talking with each other (ignoring the customers). I can print out the label at home, drop it off at the post office without standing in line, or (here’s the best part) hand it to the postal worker at my front door.
SO my point in that last paragraph was just to say, “I no longer dread the international order”. 🙂
The other great news I’m celebrating is that 3 out of the 5 beads I submitted to BEADS 2015: The Ultimate Beader’s Resource were accepted, and one of them was one of my copper beads. They will appear in the Fall 2015 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. Oh yeah, I’m doing the Happy Dance.
Hello Everyone. It is my turn to contribute to the Facebook Group “Ceramic Art Bead Market series of GIVEWAYS”
For a chance to win these DUSKY SEAFOAM CERAMIC SPRIG BEADS, please comment on THIS post IN the Facebook group of the same name. CLICK HERE TO GO TO GROUP
This giveaway ends on March 26 at midnight CDT and a new one will begin.
“I formed these beads out of a combination of stoneware and porcelain clays. The sprigs of porcelain were glazed a seafoam green, and where it is glazed over the stoneware, it appears somewhat ‘dusky’. One of these is 25 mm hole to hole and the other is 21 mm hole to hole. The stringing holes measures about 1 mm.”
So here I am, days later, with beautifully (I think at least) etched metal componants.
I’ve rolled the pennies. Sanded the pennies. Drawn on them. And now I have etched them.
I did not show the pictures of my gloved hands after setting them in ammonia (to neutralize the ferric chloride bath). I used baking soda to scrub with, it provided a further neutralizing action as well as a very smooth abrasive.
I believe the next step will be to patina these. Should I use some of the colored patinas I have purchased or the LOS that is in the mail to me as I type this. Well, that’s what I’m going to be thinking about for the rest of the day.
I have been busy adding pendants to both stores. This one on the left is a happy sort of spring and summertime pendant. I used copper strips, such as is used in stained glass making, and soldered a open backed bezel on it. Of course the solder is lead free.
And I also found this beauty hiding in my bead stash. I don’t remember when exactly I made it. I had an stamp with Asian characters on it and was messing around with different glaze combinations by the time I got around to glazing it.
I remember thinking, Now how did I glaze this and how can I make more? But I never did. I just made this one.
I recently set up a ‘Vine’ account … and while I have in mind to only use it for nkpdesigns sort of stuff, it has quickly evolved into a mishmash. Because I’m currently babysitting my grandkitty, I have a few grandkitty ‘vines’ up, no longer than 6 seconds. Soon I’ll be doing all sort of neat-o pottery/bead stuff with this account ….I’m just figuring it out right now. Thanks for your patience.
Select ceramic bead artists have started a new Facebook group to auction off unusual and unique ceramic beads.
It is a place for you to shop for hand crafted art beads of the highest quality. For extra fun, we plan to host regular giveaways.
All sellers go through an approval process so that the buyer is assured of a beautiful product as well as stellar service. Click on the picture on the left OR take this: Ceramic Art Bead Market to join.
With all the pottery making I’ve been doing lately, I had forgotten all about the heat gun I have stored in my studio closet. I pulled it out today because I’m practicing making lids. I can quickly dry the lip and lid to fit them together using that heat gun.
The idea is to make lids until I can make them easily. Every so often I practice but I never actually get better at it … but someday if I keep practicing, maybe whatever switch that needs to switch on in my head will switch on … I like to watch pottery videos of how to make lids …some people throw them on the wheel. Others swear by handbuilding. Some use a mixture of both.
Me? I’ve failed more times than I can count, and even when I get a lid to fit, it doesn’t fit the style of the pot, usually.
I threw this cup and then threw the lid. I used the calipers. I used the heat gun. I fitted one on the other. I put the lid on top of another container and swelled out the top with my fingertip. I used the heat gun again. I put it on top of the cup.
I intensely disliked the result.
I messed with it some more (added a handle) and thought, “PRONGS” … gonna try prongs.
I still intensely dislike the result. I got to looking at it, and decided that maybe I could put little round balls on the ends like is on some jewelry prongs, so I came up with ……
……. this ….
I strengthened the joints with coils of clay and while this is somewhat strange, I don’t dislike it as strongly as the previous.
This is my jumping off point … I will continue to think about this particular idea and see what it evolves into.
I ran across this video today in my internet adventures and wanted to share it. Many average size beads can be turned into a stunning focal bead by making loops and adding beads to dangle from it. Here are 4 different techniques to making loops in jewelry making. Have fun!
This is one of the handbuilt projects I’ve been focused lately. I arranged the stoneware clay in coils into this wooden bowl. I actually laid plastic in it before coiling the clay inside, this is because I wanted to be able to dump it out after a few days and smooth down the rim from the underside with a sponge.
After doing that I took a homemade stamp and stamped around the edges after I placed the it back into the bowl in which it was formed. Not only is the stamp pretty, not only does it echo what is going on outside the bowl, but it will also give the rim added strength because the stamping compresses the clay.
Back under wraps this goes to finish slowly drying.