Thursday, February 04, 2016

Adding Color




Pussy Willow Pendant

All of the pieces in this post had color added to them after the iron oxide was applied.  Most of them were fired first and then fired a second time with the added color.  Most of these pieces have been sold.  But I am having an update to my Etsy shop tomorrow, Friday Feb. 5 at about 2:00 PM EDT,.  I will be adding new toggle clasps,  pendants and some cabs.  Hope you can stop by.
Pussy Willow Pendant


Rustic Flower Pendant

Daisy Cabochon


Daisy Pendant that turned white where ever I added the clear gloss glaze


Toggle Clasp with green and some red added

Toggle Clasp and Earring Charms  color added and then fired, then more color and gloss glaze selectively added and fired yet again

Sublte color blue green added

I painted on the the teal after the initial iron oxide firing and fired again


 green color added after the iron oxide firing

Next post is going to be titled Changing Clay and will feature those clays and some with iron oxide.  Hope to see you at my shop update tomorrow, 2-05-16 in my Etsy Shop

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Work in Browns

Thistle Pendant

The following is a series of pictures of work I have been doing using an iron oxide stain.  







Thistle pendant and beads set



Maple Seed Wings Pendant

Purslane Leaves and beads

Spruce Bough Penant and beads

Fossil Like Snail Pendant

Daisy Blooms

In a French Veggie Garden
Ginkgo Leaves and Beads Set


Daisy Fan Petals Flower
                                                  Spruce Bough Bracelet Bar
Thistle Flower Heart

Diamond Pendant

Another Diamond Pendant


Most of these pieces are sold but I am making more.  You can find a few of them in my Etsy shop right now.
Thanks so  much for stopping by.
Mary



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Experiment Results


Here is how they came out after being fired this last time.  Are you surprised?  I know I was even though I know that firings can change a piece a lot.  And best of all, I am happily surprised.  Here is the list again of what I did to the pieces.

Here is what I did, starting at the top--going from left to right
1. Brown daisies stained with iron oxide--2 loop pendant
2.  Daisy cabochon stained with iron oxide and then lightly colored with a red glaze on the petals and a blue glaze on the center and lightly clear glazed
3. Round cabochon stained with  cobalt and covered with clear glaze ( left side of plate) That was a mistake.  No cobalt stain, just hand painted with several colors of glazes.
4. Stick pendant stained and then partially painted with a orange glaze and a light coat of clear
5. Rustic snail pendant glazed in a pink brown.
6. 2  hole pendant stained with iron oxide and lightly colored with several glazes and then a light clear glaze added--garden image
7. Fan of Daisy petals  rustic cabochon stained with iron oxide and then lightly clear glazed just on the petals.
 (small stained tab piece--from a broken pendant I didn't include in this picture-- it came out pretty blah!!) One thing I did notice is that the clear glaze significantly lightens the oxide color and makes it almost pale.
8. Donut with lightly color glazed small leaves and some other areas.  No clear glaze.
Most of the pieces were fired first with just the iron oxide glaze--after they were bisqued so when I fire these pieces it was for the 3rd time.

I have a few more experiments to do.  Like tumbling some beads I stained with iron oxide and trying out some new clays.  Will post them when I do them but it may be awhile.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy New Year!!
Mary


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Experiments


                                          Ceramic pendants by Mary Harding

Now that winter has actually set in--we are in the middle of  a snow storm as I type-- and the holidays are mostly over, I find that I have time in my studio for trying out new things and ideas.  I have been playing around with oxides and have made several experiments to see what will happen.
My photo above is before I fired them.

Here is what I did, starting at the top--going from left to right
1. Brown daisies stained with iron oxide
2. Round cabochon stained with  cobalt and coverd with clear glaze ( left side of plate)
3. Daisy cabochon stained with iron oxide and then lightly colored with a red glaze on the petals and a blue glaze on the center and lightly clear glazed
4. 2  hole pendant stained with iron oxide and lightly colored with several glazes and then a light clear glaze added
5.stick pendant stained and then partialy painted with a red glaze and a light coat of clear
6. snail shaped pendant lightly colored and clear glazed--very rustic and fosil like beforehand
7. small stained tab piece--from a broken pendant
8.  fan of daisy petals stained and then lightly glazed with red and a clear glaze--no color on daisy head
9.Donut with lightly color glazed small leaves and some other areas.  No clear glaze.
Most of the pieces were fired first with just the iron oxide glaze--after they were bisqued so when I fire these pieces it will be for the 3rd time.

I will post the results tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to All





                               
Happy Holiday LED Lights Earrings

My earrings are dong a Happy Dance for you!!  Enjoy your Holidays!!

You can see the free tutorial for making these earrings on the Art Bead Scene Blog

Have a wonderful Holiday!!
Mary


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Winter Exhibiton


I am excited that my free form peyote stitch jewelry is being featured as a part of this exhibition.  Weather permitting, I will be at the opening on December 2.  Can't wait!

Details of some of my pieces in the exhibition

If you are in the area, I hope you will stop by at the Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday 40% off sale



Enjoy 40% percent off everything in my Etsy shop today.  Use coupon code CYBER40 at checkout to get your discount..  Sale continues until midnight Monday ET.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Mary

Raku Bead Video Part III