I am going to leave my codes for the earlybird sale active for one more day. My mind is blown by the fact we are having a White Halloween here in the east. Its crazy. My poor trees still have pretty yellow leaves on them.
Anyway- use code earlybird15 in either my jewelry store or my components shop to save 15% plus you get a free gift with every order. I will be adding some more jewelry throughout the day.
I am kinda thankful for a day inside thought, because I tried using copper clay for the first time. I usually do bronze, but I am having trouble getting the bronze to solder to things after firing, so I thought the copper would work better. Well- the verdict is in, and I like it very much. It think its much easier to work with then the bronze. It fired nicely, only downside, it shrinks WAY more then the bronze. I will just have to figure for that next time. Here is the first batch right outta the carbon.
I did mess up pretty big time and lost some pieces. I got new carbon, threw my pieces in it and fired up the kiln. At about 800 degrees I remembered that I hadn't primed the carbon to burn off impurities and mositure. So I turned it off and let it cool. I lost a few pieces, I guess the moisture got them and they broke??? My own fault anyway.
I also found these little guys in the bottom of my firing..............wasn't sure what they were, then I realized they were my tiny moon faces....one still had the shape, barely. I guess I melted them. They were pretty tiny, so I will put them in the middle next time, and cool the firing a few degrees to allow for variance. Thankfully they were the only ones that melted. Anyhow, I love how they look, like little metal druzy's or something:) Happy accident!
I am wondering if I melt more if they will get that green shimmer? Hmmmm................................
Now I am off to take advantage of this snow day and get some things made....pack up my sale orders and pair them with special gifts, and watch the kids play in the slushy snow!
Happy White Halloween weekend everyone! Stay warm and safe!