Wednesday, September 27, 2006
This is my most recently completed pendant. This is a new idea I had. I call it a potpourri heart. You will notice all the small holes around the edge. This pendant is hollow and there is a relatively large hole near the top at the back. The idea is to fill the pendant with cotton and then put a few drops of essential oil on the cotton through the large hole in the back. When the pendant is worn the fragrance will diffuse out of the small holes in the front. This will enable people that experience skin irritations from the contact with the oil to wear fragrances as the oil will not be in contact with the skin. Also people that find that certain fragrances that they like smell awful on them because of their body chemistry can now wear those fragrances.
For those of you that are interested in the process I have included a photo of the pendant after four of the five firings. There is one additional firing between the third and final photo. I forgot to take the fourth photo but this should give you an idea of how the design is built and how it progresses with china paint.
This pendant is porcelain hand painted with china paints.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Another new pendant in the works. This one I painted up for a fall challenge. It is another of the new shapes I'm working on. Just got some more out of the kiln today so will be painting more soon. Again I welcome any comments.
Pendant: Hand painted porcelain.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Been working hard through July and August on orders but I did manage to complete this new pendant. This is a new style that I hope to have several of available soon with different sorts of flowers on. Would love to hear your comments.
Just to quell any confusion this pendant is made from Porcelain which has been fired to approximately 1200 degrees centigrade (about 2300 degrees Farenheit) It has been glazed and fired again. Then the design was added using china paint. This required an additional 3 firings to about 800C. Then the palladium accents were added requiring 2 additional firings of around 750C.