So...still no kiln. It is supposed to be shipped sometime this week. In the meantime, I have been giving my torch a workout. Do you know what those are???
They're beads!! Still in love with the bracelets I made (you can see them here) , I decided to try and make a bead...from copper tubing.
Oh my goodness...these are A LOT OF WORK! Cut the tubing, sand the ends of the tubing PERFECTLY FLAT...roll out the clay, texture the clay, cut the clay to fit, add the clay to the tube (VERY GENTLY I might add)...let dry....sand...touch up the clay where I sanded too much...dry....fire the clay and hope like heck it works... pickle. Cut teeny tiny discs...sand the edges of the discs so that you do not cut your finger (I did cut my finger)....find the center and drill a hole....solder the discs to the ends of the tube....PICKLE...tumble...add liver of sulfur patina...buff...tumble.
These are not nearly as large as they appear either. Only 3/4" in length.
I only made two of these, as I was not sure it would work...but it did! MUST. MAKE. MORE. This is going to be a FANTABULOUS bracelet when it grows up with some siblings (once I make them of course).
How was your week????
Thanks a million for stopping by today!!!