Monday, November 9, 2009

Pieces for miles

Most of my day will revolve around these endless tiny pieces. I am really low on bracelets and I have a three-day show coming up on Friday so I am working madly. Yesterday I sanded them and today I will glaze. I will have to single fire them since I need them by Wednesday. Wish me luck. :)

I just had to show you these cute, puffy sheep I saw on Saturday when I was driving the back roads to Syracuse. It was a very cold morning and they looked so warm and cozy. I just love the one in the middle who has his head down on the ground. He reminds me of a big, wooly bunny!
(I wish I was skilled with Photoshop - I would put a pair of bunny ears on him, email the photo everywhere and start an internet sensation!)

OK, can you tell I didn't get much sleep last night? Ugh. Time to head to the studio...

8 comments:

Erin said...

Single fire, eh? I've wanted to try that in the past, but I've been too chicken to try it just in case it didn't work out. I know it works, especially for smaller pieces you would think it would be okay. Have you done it before?

Cindy Gimbrone said...

You make me laugh about the bunny ears and becoming an internet sensation, Nancy! LOL! Good luck with the glazing and single fire.

Cindy

Silver Parrot said...

Holy cow (or sheep, I guess)! Clay pieces for miles! Hope you get them all done in time for your show!!

Round Rabbit said...

Yes, Erin, I single fire quite a bit. But only in the electric (cone 6) kiln. Not all glazes work that great when single fired so you want to play around with them to see what works best for you. Small pieces usually turn out very good. I would be cautious about single firing in the gas kiln. I have had mixed results so I pretty much avoid doing it. If you do want to try it make sure you put your pieces on a scrap piece of shelf, just in case your pieces decide to melt. ;)

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Aahhh, the sheep are sooo cute! Hope you have a great show...they are so much work, and I never feel quite prepared but there fun none the less!

Erin said...

Nancy,
Thank you so much for your answer! Sounds like my fears about single fire were well warranted! I did have the gas kiln in mind. Our studio doesn't really do Cone 6 firings. Hmmm...we will have to see.
Question-Do you use different porcelain clays? or are you using the same clay for the cone 6 electric firing as you are for the cone 10 gas firing?

Round Rabbit said...

Erin, I have different porcelain clays for cone 6 and 10, though you could easily use the cone 10 porcelain for both. Since jewelry pieces are so small and are not used in the same way that functional pottery is used they don't need to be quite as strong. So if you put the cone 10 in cone 6 it is still very durable and strong.

jeweledrabbit said...

I wish you were more skilled with Photoshop too. LOL