Warwick Pottery. It was awesome, the best thing I have ever done. Marilyn, the owner, is such a great teacher and fun person. If you ever want to take classes, this is the place to go.
However, the plan was tho combine Polymer Clay with pottery. I got some tips and tricks from Marilyn, got my own kiln and wheel and got started. This is one of the pieces I finished. I save the other ones for another time :-).
Saturday, January 29, 2011
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My bead soup partner is Debbie Goering from Prairie Emporium. I love her jewelry and I just love the
beads she sent me,
The mix in the first picture is handmade by her, Copper, Brass and Sterling Silver. Isn't that pendant just awesome? The second picture shows a Czeck glass bead mix, and the third some pearls. The fourth one is a copper chain and ring that she patinaed and sealed with wax, and a sterling silver toggle clasp. Here is some of her work.
This is how she sent me these great treats, wrapped in a hand painted fabric, makes me feel bad I just put my beads in a little plastic zipper bag. It's my first party, I know more the second one. I wasn't sure what to expect. This is definitely something I would do again!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
"Pretty Things" is organizing the whole event. What a great idea! You get teamed up with another jewelry artist and send each other a set of matching beads to create some jewelry. I love the idea and I am looking forward to receive my beads! I will keep you updated. I am already thinking about the beads that I am going to send.
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2. Cover the log with thin sheet of darker clay, I used a dark purple. Reduce the covered log by pinching and rolling. You end up with a long thin log.
3. Cut the log into even pieces, these will be the flower pedals. I cut 7 pieces, but it could be any number. Roll another log in a different color, this will be the center of the flower.
5. fill in the gaps with translucent clay. This will become see through ones it is baked in the oven. After the gaps between the flowers are filled, I usually put a thin sheet of translucent clay all the way around the flower.
6. This is the difficult part and requires a little practice: Reducing the flower cane.
This is achieved by pinching the clay length wise turning it a little do the same again until you went around one time, roll a little to make it smooth again. Do the same again. This takes some time and patience. You might feel the temptation to pull it while pinching :-) -Worst thing to do, it will distort the flower. Once you have it down to the size you like, cut very thin slices of you cane. The thinner the slices the less visible the translucent clay will be.
7. Layer the the slices you cut of on a sheet of clay, I used teal.
9. You can also cut out shapes with cookie cutters to make pendants.
Your piece is than baked according to the manufacture by 275 degrees F for 20 minutes. Ones it is cooled down it can be sanded with wet sandpaper and polished, or it can be varnished with a water based finish.