Several artists in the blog community have decided to band together to help a fellow artist in need. Each one of us is conducting a silent auction to help raise funds during this time of hardship. All moneys raised will go directly to the artist in need.
I'm offering one of my handcrafted bracelets featuring my ceramic beads:
My bracelet features one of my handcrafted raku ammonite fossil connectors and porcelain ammonite fossil charm, rutile quartz nuggets, carved bone, lava beads and ostrich shell beads all wrapped with Vintaj bronze wire and finished with Vintaj brass findings.
The bracelet measures approximately 8 inches in length and has a 1 inch extender chain.
Lots of new raku in the Etsy bead shop today!
Here's a peak...
I'm hoping to upload the second batch of raku goodness to Etsy in a couple of days!
Yesterday, Colin and I braved the cold to raku fire some Christmas ornaments and beads. It was still fun but by the end our fingers and toes were quite frozen.
I pre-loaded the racks the day before so that they would be ready to go in the kiln right away. I also had a leftover doiley dish so I put it in as well (it cracked but I kind of knew that would happen). Then Colin set the kiln to fire to over 1800 degrees F.
When it was time and the glaze was nice and molten we pulled them out and put them into the reduction chambers. The newspaper and cedar chips catch fire and then we shut the lids. The fire needs oxygen to keep going and so it begins to pull it directly from the glaze. We leave the racks in the cans for 15+ minutes and then pull them out and pour a bit of water on them to finish the cooling.
Once that is complete I unrack everything and then we engage in our least favorite part...scrubbing the pieces in water.
I haven't photographed any of the beads yet as it was really cold and I was really tired by the end of this. Later this week I will start listing several of the beads in the Etsy bead shop. All the ornaments will be going to family and friends for Christmas.
This might be our last raku firing in our electric kiln as Colin is going to start building a gas kiln here at our house. I can't wait to return to gas firing and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures as the kiln is built!
Tomorrow I'm loading all of these raku beads and buttons into the kiln for a bisque firing...
**If you are looking for the ABS Ornament Blog Hop simply scroll down to the previous post.**
So technically it wasnt the pottery that attacked me it was one of my cutting tools. Regardless, my palm now has a cut on it because I made a ding dong move and didn't pay attention when I should have been. I wanted to make a bunch of raku ornaments today but once I cut my hand I had to stop because I could no longer wedge the clay properly.
So of course I saw a blog hop and HAD to join in. Blog hops are like candy...I can't stop myself! Anyway, for my ornament I employed the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method again because it IS the holiday season and I'm pretty busy. Here's what I made...
A big thanks to Heather for hosting this fun blog hop!
And here is the list of everyone participating! Enjoy!
Suburban Girl Studio - You are here!
Today only, I am offering FREE shipping in my Etsy Jewelry Shop! All purchases today will ship via USPS First-Class mail and will come with delivery confirmation. And there are plenty of new items to choose from. Here are a few!
Over the Rainbow Art Bead Bracelet