Then I decided to make some ceramic hanging hearts which will enable me to try out new techniques, ideas, etc using the clay heart as a canvas. Here are some finished hearts, the first batch were a little too small, then I made a hump mold our of clay and let it dry based on an idea I saw in Ceramic Arts Daily I have plaster molds and was planning on making more, but I needed one quickly and in the heart shape so I used this idea and I have to say I am quite pleased with it. They clay doesn't stick to the dry mold, and later, if I don't want or use the mold I can just reconstitute it and use the clay again. I used white (actually gray before firing) low fire clay because it is what I had the most of. I have since made a few more molds that way. Actually, it seems to make more sense especially for hump molds. I will continue to make/use the plaster molds for detailed items/ springs, etc. The mold has enabled me to make these hearts pretty quickly and I can then concentrate on decorating techniques. I think I can get these to a price point where they will sell. So far, all are one of a kind.
Also my beach kite flyers are selling faster than I can make them. This time (first time) two boys flying kites:
and a very new idea I have of creating the "Unsoftie"---love all the plush little figures sewn with fabric and I thought I might try a few done with ceramic, and here is my first "prototype." Isn't it cute?
I will play with a few more ideas, love making it look like fabrics, with stitching, etc.
Whew, that should do for a while, I am still making silkscreened jewelry but fabricating it into actual wearable items slows me down. I love making the components but now they are piling up waiting to be made into jewelry to wear. Just to show you all the pieces I have stashed away:
and this is just a few, have loads more---I have been experimenting with monoprinting from gelli plates for some of these pieces in the picture on the right. Well I think this post will show that I have been busy, if not posting. More later.