Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tomorrow is the annual shopping madness. Get up in the middle of the night, hope to get a parking space within a half mile of the mall, elbow other shoppers out of the way, stand in line forever to pay for your purchases, then carry it all out to the car which is parked a half mile away and on which level???? Don't forget the aspirin because shopping madness is almost guaranteed to induce a major headache.
Not my idea of fun. If it's not your idea of fun, there's a great alternative to Door Buster! sales, crowded malls, and shopping in the middle of the night. Etsy. If you click on the title, through the magic of the internet, you will be whisked to my etsy store. You will find no crowds there. You can shop in your jammies. You can find one of a kind hand made goodies. If what you're looking for isn't in my store, click on the link to see who hearts me and check out the great items in those shops.
I got tired of chasing seed beads around, so I made bead dishes. They are made from ^6 commercial clay that is the color of black coffee when fired. I did a really long firing so the glaze on the inside of the dishes did some wild things. I've got seven of these for sale in my etsy store. Just click on the title of this post and you'll be standing in the middle of my shop.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I love these beads. I'm working on a lariat and I've got about 4 inches left to go. These are matte beads with matte copper over black. They are gorgeous in real life, but don't photograph all that great. I intend to put Swarovsky crystal fringes on the ends.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The top and bottom cabs are roughly the size of a quarter. The other cab is slightly larger. The donuts are approximately 1 3/4" - 2". All are from the ^6 firing. The pieces that look like chocolates are made from a brown clay that fires to the color of black coffee. I used slip trailing to make the squiggles on top of the "candy" pieces.
^6, commercial crystal glaze and I fired it according to the instructions in a computer controlled electric kiln. I used a lot more glaze than I usually do. Note that I have a hard time getting glazes to run. What I didn't use was a porcelain clay. So..... my next experiment will be on porcelain. I will get these commercial glazes to work! In the mean time, I am getting great colors on the paper weights.