Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Fixing mistakes

Do you ever feel like you work on something for hours but aren't getting anywhere with it?

The studio has changed clay bodies, so I need to use mine up in a hurry to make sure it will get through the kiln before they switch over.
 I spent entirely too much time making some stamps...I had to keep squishing them down and starting over because I wasn't happy with them.  These are the ones I kept.  I have a plan - hopefully you will see the results in a few weeks time.
These little candle bowls were dry, but I had to get the handles wet to remove them because they dried on crooked.  I saw cat prints in the slab I had next to them.  Just sayin'.  Once the handles were removed, I had to fix the carving.  Thursday I will put new handles on as I have to keep them damp (but not wet) until I can work on them again.
This little candle bowl was reworked 3 times until I was happy with it.  There are two of them - so really that makes six...
...and just when I thought I was all set, I woke up this morning realizing that this little set that I dried is actually not supposed to be dry.  I need to decorate it before it goes through the first kiln.  Because the studio is changing clay bodies, they will be changing glazes as well - which means there is hardly any glaze left to choose from for the old clay.  So now, these two are resting under damp paper towels in the hopes that they will be just right for slip decorating on Thursday night.

Here's to hoping the final results are nice, because it sure was a lot of work to get to this point.  I hope you are having better luck with your crafting.

Linking up with: Keep Calm Craft On over at Frontier Dreams
                         The Backyard Farming Connection - Hop 17
                             -because this is what was going on at my "homestead" this weekend
                         The self sufficient homeacre - Hop
                             -because I am learning to be self sufficient by making things myself, and because
                              this was reclaimed clay - waste not, right?
                         Stash Bash at Crunchy Catholic Momma
                             -because this one is all about using it up


  1. Your wonderful stamps have given me some great ideas! Thank you!

  2. My daughter would love to be at your place. She LOVES to make things from clay. She's had pottery at summer school the last couple of years and really misses it, but we can't afford classes for her. Sigh. Plus, the air dry "stuff" you can get is so not the same thing.

  3. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

  4. I love the look of your clay stamps.

  5. Oh, clay is on my list of things to accomplish before I croak : ) Your projects are beautiful.