Thursday, April 30, 2009

Crate-a-Pot & Teapotty!

Two projects undertaken at my pottery class.

When it comes to creating an object I can play, play and play. I love to add detail to my objects, whether it is using polymer clay or stoneware. Hence these two. In fact I am sometimes guilty of over detail but with this crate-a-pot, I think I got the balance just right. It is basically just a block of clay spread with a rolled out sheet to represent a table cloth, a vase of flowers was added along with a plate of sandwiches, a teapot and matching cups. A feast for the workers!

Once the glaze is applied, the object comes to life.

A little bit of humour to this one. I wanted it to look like a public loo. I created the block along with the spout and handle and marked the bricks into it. A toilet roll sits on the top ready for use, a huge lump of loo roll is spilling out of the toilet onto the floor.

I have applied the glaze but it does need a firing to give it the shiny glazed look. The wall was done with firebrick red, the toilet will be ivory and the seat grey. The loo rolls will be a creamy colour. I wrote graffiti all over the walls to give it an authentic public loo feel.

I have not seen this teapotty finished as yet. It was fired and put on show in the college with all the others, so I am eager to see exactly how the colours came out. I will post a photo when eventually I get to see it.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

UTEE Charm Bracelet

This charm bracelet is made from clear UTEE.

I used a few strips of Glenda's paper designs rolled around a cocktail stick. This I dipped and coated with the clear UTEE. I then wrapped wire around the UTEE bead and dipped again. The only thing you have to be careful of, is dipping too much. Wire wrapped beads have a habit of growing too big.

The bead above has a glass pearl inside, dipped and wrapped in wire then dipped again.

I love this manuscript design, the UTEE magnifies the paper and it looks really effective. Some of the beads were dipped once and then quickly dipped in bedazzles, then dipped again, this seals in your embellishments.

Once you have all your beads made, you can add them to your chain and attach a nice fastening. I like to top the bead with a bead cap.