The first photo is the little Tuscan Villa, it is really small and very light. The construction seems really strong, So I now know I can build quite complicated structors, which is why I am enjoying this media.
The next photo are my experiments with glazing, so I can build and add
colour then make them all shinny. I like this look the best and have big Berther on at home firing some other pieces, plus another little house. I shall be definitely glazing all of those.
My Dad really liked the butterfly, so I have also made a mini one of those for his hat.
The hand painting is the best part of the whole process.
I am really enjoying playing with porcelain, it is so much cheeper then silver and completely different to work with. Its so light and I really like the feel once fired.
The most noticeably thing is the extreme fragility whilst in the greenware stage.
Its like re-learning how to handle the clay but I have managed to build a little house called the Tuscan Villa. I have added colour, silver and even colour and silver together and it works well. These have all been a one stage firing. The next lot have been fired to a bisque firing with colour . I will give them a glaze to see the difference.
Here are some photos of what I have been doing the little building is in the kiln a long with some other bits and bobs.
I can't wait to open the kiln tomorrow morning, but for now I think I need to make this lot into jewellery
This is not the first time I have dabbled with Bronze clay it tried it when
it first became available here in the UK, I didn't like the firing schedule, it was
Now that there are so many brands I thought it was high time I tried it again, this one was given to me to try by Katie, she wanted to convert me saying "its great stuff give it a go"
I will be honest the firing was easy, you can see from the photo that I hit one with a hammer and even cut one with side cutters, with great difficulty I did cut the ring. To my surprise it didn't crack.
These are test pieces and not my normal artsy designs.
My thoughts are, Yes I did like it, with not a green hand in sight.
Will I use it again?
I think so.
Here are my samples, I like the polished finish, not keen on the out of the kiln look
I still have three more rings to test and might make a bangle to test the different sizes.
I had a fab week away, staying with Miss Julia down in Bugle in Cornwall and then taking a fascinating class at CSACJ with the very talented Marion Wilson, it was a one day intensive course learning how to use, fire and glaze porcelain.
The class was packed full of information.
I chose not to fire mine but to bring them home, so I could do my own firing, this is the way I like to learn. They all fired perfectly and the schedule was very easy to follow.
Here are just two of the finished pieces of jewellery I made.
The first is a pendant with a very subtle underglaze and the other is a pair of twee flower earrings, which I have to confess I love, they are so light.
I think I will be making some more. It is a lovely material to work with.
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