Creating with clay takes a little patience. Even after the first firing (bisque), I have to be patient. Once I get my kiln loaded with glazed pieces, I have to allow the firing to take place, then, wait for it to cool. The process takes a little over 24 hours.
I’m really happy with how these pendants and bracelet bars came through the firing. Small pieces like beads give me a way to experiment with glazes on a small scale and are useful to my jewelry designer customers. I’m especially happy with the blue and white sets.
I have been using Amaco Potters Choice and Celedon glazes for the past few years. They layer and blend in beautiful and unexpected ways. I have to do a lot of experimenting in order to find the best combinations. My favorites so far are the green and brown combinations, and the blue and beige combinations.
Here are a few examples of beads, pendants, and bracelet bars. Most of the textures come from stamps that I carve by hand and bisque fire. I guess I will add a post about how I make my stamps at some point soon. I use the stamps on beads, and on my fairy garden decorations.
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