Friday, February 27, 2009

New Smoke-fired Post Earrings

I've been experimenting with making smaller designs to use for post earrings. First, I make a prototype out of soft clay. Then, when that has completely dried, I press the prototype in soft clay to make my mold. I'll usually impress the the actual mold some more to make elements that will pop up rather than recede in the final piece. Finally, I press the actual pieces into this mold. With this style, I like to press the clay into the mold lightly, to give them very loose weathered feel. I'm hoping this will mesh well with the smoke-fired finish. Here are some pictures from my first batch of finished products.


Linda Starr said...

Hi Tara, love your post earrings, such subtle colors. I just started doing barrel firings for some of my work and also did a few of my pendants. Do you put a finish on your earrings or just leave them natural?

Tara said...

I seal them with an acrylic floor finish just for durability's sake.
Good luck with your barrel firings!