03 January 2010
"what i did on my vacation"
kate mckinnon's full-firing technique seems to make a REALLY strong ring. in both cases, i made the bands, fired them flat and bent them around a mandrel. for the ferny one, i made a half-circle and pressed the band ends into a thick square of fresh wet clay. when it was dry i VERY CAREFULLY sanded the edges of the square and then fired the whole she-bang at 1650 for 2 hours. sturdy as can be. the starburst band came all the way around to make a circle. i wrapped fresh clay around the join and then attached a dried square set with a sunstone. fired for 1470 for 45 minutes, ithink...whatever the pmc+ slow program setting is. seems sturdy, but it's a bit too small for me, so i have to find someone else to test-wear.
unfinished. showing wire positioning.
back of pendant with clasp (just out of the kiln).
my new camera is taking some LOVELY photos(the camera takes them, i don't, yet!)....as i'm struggling to learn about white balance, exposure, shutter speed, aperature and iso.....all of the things that determine how lovely your photos are...