And just when you thought I wasn’t working on any art…HA! I’m painting away on the new bisque work, trying out new glazes, and getting the kiln ready for some lampworking in between.
These are the new glazes – A Fog Gray, , and the usual Robin’s Egg (I just love that glaze), Green Float, and an Autumn something or other that comes up that speckled pottery red with purple. That last glaze is kind of spiffy.
New Bisque, sorry, no photo. I decided I’d try some pieces that had little compartments that I could put some “treasures” in and resin on top of them. When I do that – or maybe I’ll pull out some lampwork pieces made for that and I’ll put a little quickie tutorial on here about what I use and how I do it.
And, TAH DAH – My first experiment on molds of my originals. Now, whether this will work or not, we’ll see. It reminds me of casting with silver. First comes the original, then the silicone mold (which ends up smaller), followed by the reproduction casting which ends up smaller yet. It’s not a hugely discernable difference since it’s about 1-3%. When I used to work in PMC I always counted on the 50% plus shrink rate to make my pieces look like I’d done all of this itty bitty detailing. Sometimes the shrinkage can produce some great affects. Regardless of whether something has been molded it still has to detailed, cleaned, and in the case of ceramics – fired, glazed, and fired again. Not exactly a quick process despite the mold. It’s the nearly the same with casting metal. You just substitute patina, polish, tumble in place of glazing and firing.
Hmmmm. Why is it we are doing jewelry? I don’t remember painting having these many steps.