Tuesday, 14 July 2015

When you just can't find what you are looking for.

One of my favourite things about what I do is helping someone get EXACTLY what they are looking for, especially when there is no way they would be able to find it anywhere else.  

 Seriously, other than a custom order, where does one find something as specific as dog bone shaped beads with a martini glass carved into them (the martini glass is my customer's logo) and coloured in blue?

 And orange?

 A close up.

For scale.

 Mass quantities...

 Packaged up.

And ready to ship.

I kept telling myself I would take "in progress" pictures with the next batch I worked on, so I would have a nice set of "how to" pictures, but I always worked on these in the evening when the lighting was too poor.

Basically the process was:  roll some coils, cut them to size, sculpt the bone shape, put in the hole with pin tool, expand the hole with a drill bit, carve the martini glass, bisque fire, paint on the underglaze, wash off extra underglaze, wax the holes, glaze, and fire again.  Followed by quality control check in bright sunlight.  Phee-ouf.

I loved it!

If you are looking for something VERY particular...I just might be able to help you too.  
A cookie stamp, buttons or gift tags with your own logo, a set of beads custom made for you, an image carved into some dishes.  The sky is the limit.

Linking up with my friends at:
Keep Calm Craft On over at Frontier Dreams


  1. That is a pretty unique item! :^) Would love to see a pictorial post on your creative process - especially on something so tiny! You make such wonderful things.

  2. What a fun idea! I love the little Martini stamp and I would love to know what will be made with them :)

    1. The artist who ordered them makes fantastic greeting cards and strings a bead on a cord to the spine of each greeting card. These are for her dog cards, which you can find here: http://www.limmaginaria.com/portfolio/stationary-cards/page/6/
      if you want to have a peek.

  3. That's a seriously bespoke set of beads - but it makes perfect sense, and how lovely for the artist to be adding something handmade to her handmade!

  4. Wow, what an awesome craft you have there, very impressive!