Thursday, May 20, 2010

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL...

The pictures, that is...

Just a quick little post to "show off" my new focal beads.  When I first made a small batch of these a few weeks ago, I wasn't sure what was going to happen.  I was a bit concerned that they would all come out looking like a bull's eye since that is what the unfired glaze what reminding me of.  Much to my surprise, they came out looking pretty cool.


As you can see, I didn't end up with target practice. 
Gotta love that HEAT!
After forming these beads from mid-fire (cone 6) porcelain, I carved out some clay from the center.  I left the walls thick for durability, but wanted to lessen the weight a little.

And then there was turquoise...
Many people call this blue color teal, I call it turquoise.  That's what it reminds me of.  I used 2 different glazes to achieve more of a "stone" like effect on this particular glaze.

And some other color combos....
Finally...my little wheels got to a spinnin' and I wonder what would happen with these glazes combos on a flat surface....Sand Art!

I think I'll be making a few more of these :O)

9 comments:

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

These are truly amazing!!! I love to see what happens with glazes. I have to say that is the best part of taking ceramics, in college, is experimenting with glaze recipes and seeing what happens.
I seriously love the first focal bead but the rest of them are yummy too!

Pearl and Pebble said...

Oh Yeah! When you posted your big pic the other day I got the shivers!! They were all so cool!!!

Kella said...

These are so beautiful. The sand art is my favorite.

TesoriTrovati said...

Rich!
Dynamic!
Love 'em!
Enjoy the day.
Erin

McPeanuts said...

Thrilled that I will be able to use your "sand art" in a unique piece of jewelry !!! GORGEOUS!!! Can't wait to receive it and see it in person! :)

Mary Ann Carroll said...

Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you!!

McPeanuts said...

WOW!!! Love'em more in person!! They're beautiful!! :)

Shaiha said...

I love the colors that came out! These are gorgeous

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

They are all beautiful and I love your sand art pendant! Can't wait to see more!