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?



Diane said...

The pendants look like fun to do. Almost like doodling in clay.


sassypackrat said...

You sure have been busy! Everything looks great!

Deborah said...

Love the pendants with the brown and blue. I can't wait to see your new dolls either.

Dawn in the Forest said...

I loved looking at all the wonderful things you've been working on. Your pendants are great and I thought your doll parts turned out wonderful:) Hope you have a great week.

Kaerie Faerie said...

so glad you two are creating dolls
maybe next time I come to the West Coast we can all get together

~Madalynne~ said...

Looks like you're having lots of fun. I love the brown and blue pendants. I'm wondering what you plan on hanging them from.

The doll parts make me soooo want a kiln! I've done a bit of clay before but have had to bring it to someone to fire it which really puts a damper on things.

You truly are an inspiration Moriah.

yoborobo said...

Everything looks wonderful! You're like a mad scientist!! I love the blue and brown glaze, it's beautiful. And I can't wait to see what you are going to do with all those doll parts. xox