Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wire Wrapped Jewelry Collection

Handmade Gifts

I am honored to have my work included in this wonderful collection of amazing and talented wire wrappers!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Earring Cabochons!

Finally they are done!!! It took an extra week as they didn't come out well in the first time I put then in the kiln to fire polish.
This was quite the experience I'll tell you. I used a new, corse grinder bit to shape them and thinned them with a corse flat grinding pad. I finished them up with the boro solution. It was getting late so I thought I'd quick dry them in the kiln. I put them in, left the lid cracked open a couple of inches and after about thirty minutes I closed the lid and went to bed. All my these lovelies came out terrible. I am using the same brand of shelf paper, BUT it now has printing on the back. The combination of wet, heat and ink gave all the white cabochons a grey cast and the black. Also as the grinding surfaces were corse the tops and sides had that white, cloudy "grinding" tinge. Talk about a DUH moment. So I ended up re-grinding the fronts, backs and sided of the white bases cabochons and the tops and sided of the black based ones not to mention re-channeling all of them.

I was really pleased with how well these quick, impromtu pictures turned out. Not a lot of glare and the color turned out well. You can tell I have several different colors of white dichroic glass cabs!