Monday, June 8, 2009

Experiments


These little round center hole buttons are part of a custom order. A special request for buttons that are being used in some mysterious way as closures on bracelets. They are about exactly the size of a Life Saver, but not nearly as tasty. This was fun, the buyer just said give me some sort of buttons like this in colours in this range. I like these. They are giving me some ideas. Not clearly formed ideas mind you.


One of the colours she asked for was grey. Well I don't really have a grey. But I do have a 'black' that on stoneware comes out some where close to black. Risky, never tried it on porcelain. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. I love the new colour. It's sort of a charcoal and where it pools it has a very rich speckeled, green to blue. I'm definitely going to work with some larger pieces to see how this works. Not sure just what yet.




The other little experiment actually happened before the kiln. I don't make a lot of beads. They are quite fiddly and require the right attitude. I've been wanting to make some little squared off textured beads and finally the penny dropped on just how to do it. Now you bead makers out their are probably having a little chuckle, "took you long enough, LeAnn." Oh well, what can I say. Sometimes I am just a tad slow. But I'm happy enough with these as prototypes. I can see them in pairs for earings, with spacers top and bottom.


The bottom glaze is an old glaze re-invented for porcelain. I've been secretly testing it for a while now. It is almost there. Maybe next time?

Meanwhile, it is another 100 degree day here. Not much got done in the studio past noon. I love air conditioning!





9 comments:

Katie said...

The "Life Savers" buttons are cool - I hope you make more because I can see them being great closures on bracelets other beadwork! And the beads are cute, too...Isn't it so much more rewarding when you fight with something and figure it out on your own? :o)

SummersStudio said...

Hi Katie. I'm pretty sure I'll make more of these Life Savers. They are quite a fun style. I quite agree that figuring it out on your own is rewarding! I don't think I'd do any of this if there weren't challanges.

SharonP said...

I like the salmon colored glaze and the spirals, of course!

sharon said...

LeAnn, you are always working and always experimenting...that's why you are so good!

Lisa said...

I love those life savers, the colors and the shine are awesome!

jan said...

Love them all!

stregata said...

Hi LeAnn,
love your experiments!!! Love the colour of the life saver bottom right, looks sort of like apricot. Very nice. And the spiral beads are great and I am loving!!!!! the new secret glaze!! Hope to see more of that colour.

kelleysbeads said...

ooooh, I love those new square beads you made! the textured imprint along with those cool summer colors are FaNtAsTiC!!!

mairedodd said...

the life savers and new color are great... but i looove the spiral beads! right up my alley... the bottom glaze is really pretty...