Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Extra Shop Update FRIDAY, March 29th!

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The day: FRIDAY, March 29th, 2013

The start time: 12:00 PM EST

Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
  First, a question! Have you all noticed that I have introduced a lot of new glazes to the mix lately? I really try hard to keep things fresh and colorful. My question to you is, is there a color or color combination that you would really like to see? Be specific! Tell me your thoughts.

OK, first up in this batch are some new printed pendants (above). Simple, round... a great focal for an exotic look.
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I'm really excited about these beads. They are hollow (which means lightweight) AND reversible. A few weeks ago I came across a tutorial that someone had pined on Pinterest. I clicked on it and it lead me here, to Claire Maunsell's blog. For those who don't know, Claire is an exceptional polymer clay artist. I have long admired her work and her artistic eye. And on top of it all she is an wonderful, generous person. When I contacted her to ask if she would mind if I gave her technique a try in porcelain she was more than agreeable and gracious. So this is my twist on her hollow stacked beads.

They have a different design and color on each side so that you can change the look of the piece simply by turning it around. One side has a nautilus pattern and the other has a gingko.

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I did an interesting distressed glaze effect on the sides which really highlights the stacked construction of the beads. I have to say, they feel delicious. Very smooth and satin. Pure yummy! Some of them have a hole that goes top to bottom while other have a top heavy hole so that it will hang across the bead. Lost of design options.

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These fun stars are going to come in sets of five. They are unglazed, pure white porcelain which I tumbled for hours to give them a smooth, wonderful feel.

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Pretty layered pendants! I never get tired of making layered pendants.

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 Another batch of buttons to brighten your day! Most birds (a larger size this time) and some pretty Spring flowers.

To recap:

The day: FRIDAY, March 29th, 2013

The start time: 12:00 PM EST

Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

Hope to see you there! :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Extra Shop Update TOMORROW, Friday March 15th!

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The day: FRIDAY, March 15st, 2013
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

I was sick in a zero-energy-to-even-bathe-myself kind of way last week so I have gotten a bit behind. This update is happening TOMORROW. So sorry for the delay in getting the preview up. I glazed until midnight yesterday, fired the kiln and stared at it until it cooled. The kiln won the staring contest, btw. 

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The pieces shown above and below have got to be my favorite of all time. They are also the most labor intensive components I have ever made. Most of them were a five step surfacing/glazing process which took an insane amount of time. I began to question my sanity after the first four hours passed but then remembered "oh yeah, I love to glaze!" Which I do, I wasn't even being sarcastic there. 

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I am working on some wall tiles in this aesthetic as well. I can't to see how they come out and if there is some interest I will offer them for sale at some point. 

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With Spring nearly here (in upstate NY, at least) I felt the need for some bees. These pendants are small so whatever you create with them won't scream "I'M WEARING AN INSECT ON MY NECK!!" They are sweet and subtle. And classy. Can't forget classy.

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Some new double sided beads. I can never get enough of them. 

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More buttons for all the button lovers out there! More butterflies and some sweet birds this time around. 

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And lastly, I made some more Victorian keyhole pendants. Not many, but hopefully those who weren't able to get them the last time around will be able to snag one this time. 

To recap:
The day: FRIDAY, March 15st, 2013
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! :)