OMG!! I've been away for a little while and I had no idea I was in Best of 2009!! Thank you all so much for your support! Your comments have all meant so much to me, I don't even know where to begin. Thank you so, so much.
So, my fiance is a filmmaker, and we are both huge movie buffs. With that in mind, we decided to have a slightly movie-themed wedding. (Not TOO theme-y, but little touches here and there.) We decided long ago that we wanted our save-the-dates to be funny--a little less formal and elegant than the rest of the wedding. One very awkward photo shoot (because we kept laughing) and many hours in Photoshop later, here is the result:
What do you think? I'm pretty happy with how it came out! He loves it, so I'm happy. If you don't know what the original looks like, here's a reference:
1. I dunked the bisqued piece into my own cobalt blue glaze. 2. I drew out the patterns I wanted in pencil on the bisqued clay. I don't think it would be possible to do this technique in this much depth on greenware. 3. I carefully painted wax resist over all the areas I wanted to remain blue. 4. Normally, you would be able to carefully rinse the piece and have the excess glaze just come off, but my glaze is a little "clingy" and wouldn't come off. So I used a needle tool and a very small sponge and scraped away the glaze that wasn't covered by wax. 5. Once all the excess glaze was cleaned off, I let it dry for 48 hours. Probably a bit excessive, but I was worried it wouldn't work right. 6. I dunked the whole shebang into celadon blue glaze. 7. I used a moist sponge to wipe stray drops of celadon off the surface of the wax. 8. I fired that sucker!
The reason for doing it this way instead of just glazing, waxing the parts you want to keep that way, and then glazing over top of everything else, is that the glaze will not be so thick and it won't be on two separate layers--it'll be side-by-side. Does this make sense?
karen: I'm thinking it was probably too thick with the honey under the turquoise, and that's why it ran. I'd recommend trying this technique, see if it helps! As for the re-firing, you should be able to. My very talented friend Emily does it all the time, and her stuff is beautiful. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Okay! I finally got pictures of Selkie's gorgeous package, WHEW! Sorry it took so long--moving is a pain in the, er, posterior...
First, a Box Of Goodies! The box itself is really gorgeous, too. We have here silver bangles (one says "Believe" and the other has little lines on it), Claire and Jamie's knitted stockings--very cute, Book of Kells temporary tattoos (I can't bring myself to use them!), a Taurus embroidered patch (for Jamie), and her sweet card.
And the inside of the box...lucky me, it's full of GEMS!
And then...the gigantic Book. It's a notebook, filled with all different kinds of paper and lots of memorabilia from the books. I took pictures of 8 of the pages, but there are tons more!
Isn't it awesome?? Thanks so much, Selkie, and thanks to everyone else for being so patient while I got these photos together!