Let's start with the Bronzclay™, shall we?
It's been at least a year (I think) since I worked with any metal clays.
I still had a couple packages of un-opened Bronzclay™ waiting for me.
It was a little harder than I had hoped, but with a little conditioning (water and lavendar oil)
it was ready to go.
|23 pieces from a 100g package of clay|
All of the pieces were 6 cards thick except the ring on the right side.
I wanted it thicker, so I adjusted the firing time.
I ramped the kiln 250° per hour to 1550° and then held it
at 1550° for three hours.
(Normally I would ramp at 500° per hour to 1550° and hold for 2 hours.)
|Everything sintered! Yea!|
|Lots of Moon Sprouts!|
The two sprouts on the left are from this firing. I don't think you can tell, but
they have a very rough texture - very much like they were just dug up from the earth.
The two on the right were from a year or so ago, and were tumbled. They are much
smoother in texture. I rather like the way this batch came out so will probably
not tumble them. I may, however, take a torch to a couple of pieces to see
how they change colors. (There are already several colors in the batch.)
The last time I worked with Bronzclay™I made sure everything was nice
and smooth. This time I wanted it to take on a very old, artifact appearance.
You can see some fingerprints on them, but I also used a rubber stamp
to add script inpressions.
Time out for a few shots of some of our local feathered friends.
|Yellow Warbler sitting on a hypertufa birdbath I made.|
Herb Festival Interlude
The local Herb Festival is held each year on the first Saturday of June.
This year I bought a house.
Yes I did!
|It's a Jackson Pollock house. ;)|
I also bought some buttons and lace. I don't use many buttons, but who could
resist a quart for $3.00?!?
|Who needs buttons?|
|Beautiful old lace and a tatting shuttle for $2.00!|
Actually the lace was in an old sewing basket. I left the basket
with the vendor since all I wanted was the lace. I seriously don't know
how you do this stuff. I had an aunt who knew how...but it looks so tedious to me!
I don't think I ever showed you the Mother's Day card I got from my Lovely Daughter.
|Cracks me up! :D|
Let's wind this up with a few shots from my gardens, shall we?
|My new Passion Vine. Amazing!|
|Pink Lemonade Honeysuckle|
|Collected shells and Rocks in a newly added swirl and another hypertufa birdbath.|
I like this explanation of a swirl:
"It represents the cycle of the seasons and the cycles of Life, growth and change. Although each loop of the spiral brings one back to the same place, it takes one to a
higher and more evolved level at each turn."
|Random red clay tile planters, hostas, etc.|
|All of our Spiderwort is always blue-violet. This year we have a renegade.|
|Why that's me in my new toy. :)|
|And that's my view.|
Where shall we paddle today?
|How about paddling out there?|
That's it for today, sports fans. Until next time.