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Topic: My First time working with Porcelain Clay ^_^  (Read 1470 times)
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« on: August 28, 2012 02:28:29 PM »

These are my new wire wrapped hand etched porcelain clay pendants. I just made them. I never worked with porcelain clay before and I thought it would be fun to try it out. I made the clay, etched it with a Dremel (lol I love my Dremel), painted it, glazed it and then wire wrapped it. I didn't know how it would turn out at all. I like it. Please tell me what you think of them ^_^

« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012 01:17:14 AM »

The combination with the clay and the wire is unusual, I'm keen to see what you do next.

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012 12:28:11 PM »

I really like your second piece with the wire wrapping, it's quite unique and has great style.  The first one is good, but it feels like it needs a bit more to me; I'm not much help because I can't think what else I would like to see on it?  Maybe a little fancier, like curved wire in the middle?  Or a spiral in the middle?  Any better ideas out there?

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012 10:22:56 PM »

Thank you very much. These are my first few pieces that I made so far. I never seen any thing like this before and I wasn't sure how I wanted to wire wrap them. I will keep making more and hopefully I will get better and better in the future. Thank you ^_^

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2012 10:14:18 AM »

I like the styles on your pendants! but think they'd look even better made with polymer clay Grin (or at least a high-quality air-dry clay**).

Polymer clays can also be "carved" after hardening if you want (with various tools, from linoleum cutters to pins), but are more often stamped or impressed before baking (which is a lot easier), or even made with reverse molds.  There are other ways too.

The impressions made in those ways can be completely "backfilled" with more clay after baking. 
But more often, various colorants (including metallic ones) are used to "antique" those lower areas leaving the colorants only in the depressions (or the reverse, the colorants are used to "highlight" only the upper areas, leaving the lower areas the original clay color . . . or both). 

If you want loads of info on how to do those things with polymer clay (some of which could be generalizable to air-dry clays), check out these pages at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/carving.htm (most of page)
...(these 3 pages also have sections on antiquing and highlighting)

(You may also be interested in my answer here over at YahooAnswers on the main differences between using air-dry and polymer clays:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110507004411AAmELzg --read the "list of facts" there especially)

And here's more info on wire-wrapping and also what I call wire "architecture" if you want to check it out:

http://glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm (Basic Shapes, and scroll down to Wrapping, Etc.)
wire-outlined, etc: http://www.lindagoff.com/wire4.html (also click on Wire One, Two, Three)
some of Julia Sober's work: http://www.juliasober.com/polymergallery.html
some of Mike Buesseler's work: http://thepolyparrot.com/mikeb.html
http://glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm (click on More Architecture, and perhaps on Tubes, etc)

** "Cold porcelain" clay is deadly hard to make at home and get right, unfortunately!  If you're interested, there are more tips and recipes re making or buying it, and using it on these pages of my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (click on Air-Dry Clays near top of list, then scroll down to Cold Porcelain)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm (click on "Cornstarch Clays")

Diane B.

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