Thursday, June 30, 2011

On My Worktable Today

A very successful experiment!  I'm really happy with the results and can't wait to play with this technique some more!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project Round 4

Emily's doll (Madga) arrived in Florida wearing nothing but her birthday suit and a headband!  EEKS!
She had been painted in a flesh color already so I gave her some eyes, make-up, hair and a "do".  I wish I could have done more but I only had two weeks to work on her.  :(  Hopefully Shauna and Nicole can give her limbs and clothes.

The Make-up:

Adding the hair:

And finally, her new do....

Bye Madga!  Have fun in OK with Shauna!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Packing up, Sorting and Purging

Some of you may already know that I am planning to move my studio into another room and the garage soon.  To do that, I have to move a ton of stuff.  I kept looking around at all of the stuff and got overwhelmed.  So, I have decided to purge AGAIN.  I'm going through EVERYTHING in here and deciding what I really need and what I'm just holding onto for the sake of holding onto it.  The stuff I don't really need is going to go into my online garage sale very soon.

I will post a few days before it happens but keep your eyes peeled for that.  You guys will get a first shot at everything.  Whatever doesn't sell in my online garage sale will be listed on ebay.  So, if you're in the market for paints, inks, ink pads, beads, watch parts, charms and various jewelry items, wood pieces, books, magazines, scrapbooking stuff, fur, well you get the drift.. LOTS OF STUFF, then keep your eyes open for the online garage sale post coming soon.

<3 Moriah

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gearing Up For Fall Shows

Most of you know that I have been working like a mad woman to get ready for doing art and craft shows this fall.  I'm still searching for that magic formula for the initial pendants but I'm really liking the brown and turquoise glaze on design pendants.  I finally got a bunch packaged up and listed in my


and then I thought I'd pull out the displays that Marina gave me to see how they will look with pendants on them and it looks like they are going to work great!  Thanks so much, Marina!  These are going to be a huge help.

So, we'll have these displays full of the design pendants running along the back edge of our tables and then in front of these we'll have pans full of initial pendants, sorted by letter.

It's so nice to finally see some finished products and start to see what the display will look like.  It's getting closer and closer. 

I promise I'll have some more doll related stuff to share soon.  I'm working hard to get the next Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project doll finished and in the mail so I'll have some photos of that to share soon.  Once I finally decide what we're doing for the initial pendants, I'll have more time to work on dolls and will devote one or two days to doll making instead of ceramics.  Promise.  :)  I'll also be making quite a few new workshops this winter so stay tuned for that!

Oh, I almost forgot!  Keep checking back for a giveaway I have planned very soon.  :)


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two Part Mold Trial Continues..

Okay!  So I made the second part of the mold and I have to say, it's looking pretty good.  Whoo hoo!  I cleaned up both pieces and set them to dry completely.  Once they're completely dry I'll pour some porcelain slip into it and see if it truly is as good as it looks.  Stay tuned....

Two Part Plaster Mold Trial

I've decided to attempt molding.  The goal is to eventually make molds of my sculpts but for now, I'm just practicing with what I have around.  So, for my first mold making attempt I chose to use the mannequin body that I cast and fired not too long ago.  So far so good!  I have only made the first side of the mold so far but I'm really pleased with how it came out.  It needs to be cleaned but I will do that after I have poured both pieces of the mold.  The real test will be to see if I get a clean cast from the mold.  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Almost There...Pendants, clay and doll parts

I think I am finally getting to point where I know what I want with these pendants and what works and what doesn't.  I have two more "styles" of glazing I want to try before I decide but I'm pretty sure I know where I'm going to go with this now.  It's been a LONG... frustrating and fun at times process but it was all necessary to figure out what I wanted to do.

Here I'm underglazing some more pendants in a different manner to see what they'll look like..

Here's a bunch of different styles ready for photo shoots...

I really like the purple swirls one and the aqua one as well..

Better pic of the purple swirls one..

I'm really loving the Blue Denim glaze for patterned pendants!  I don't care much for it when used on the initial pendants or the custom names pendants but any design with a lot of texture looks great with this glaze so I will definitely be making more pendants with it soon.

I also quite like this shade of green in these swirly designs with the white background.

These initial pendants came out great.  I'm thinking this style may lean more towards the kids and teens though with these bright candy colors.

So anyway... I'm getting there slowly but surely.  :)

On the doll front, nothing much has been happening lately.  I've been to focused on figuring out kilns, glazes and clay bodies instead.  I did however fire some more doll pieces after a recent trip to Marina's house where we cast some more.  I am happy to report that I DID NOT blister these. :)

One problem I did have is that I forgot to make the arm holes for the ball jointed doll body before I fired it!  DOH!  I'm going to try to make the holes with my dremel... we'll see what happens...

I finally got the molds I ordered on ebay.  They make 3 different dolls that are 3 inches tall when put together.  I took them to Marina's with me and we both cast from them.  I'm not sure I like the way the molds are made but they are great for me to learn to cast and play around.  The goal, of course, is to make molds of my own sculpts to cast in the future.  One thing at a time though.. Oh, and Marina gave me a bunch of stamps to play in the clay with.  They are all from her line of stamps at Cherry Pie Art Stamps.  The wire you see in the picture is for firing my pendants in the kiln.  The 15 gauge stuff just wasn't cutting it because there was too much sag so I bumped up to 9 gauge.  We'll see how that works instead.

In the last few days I made test tiles of the three clay bodies I'm using at the moment and every single underglaze and glaze I have so I can just refer to the tiles when I want to know how something will look before I do it.  I then made little wood strips to hold them and will be hanging those on the wall soon.

The porcelain slip I ordered came today, along with a book about kilns and glazing that I bought on ebay.  No more having to use Marina's slip now that I have my own.  :)

So...... that's what I've been up to... what's new with you?