Monday, April 25, 2011

Percolating New Ideas

pendant idea, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

I have been playing around with these forms trying to perfect and coax them into becoming pieces of jewelry. It is taking me a while to figure out all the nuances. I like the solidity of the form as opposed to the hollow form. The hollow pieces I was making seemed a bit flimsy to me. These have a nice heft to them.

Getting the holes right has been an uphill battle. It has been quite a learning curve. First I thought I could drill them after curing but that turned out to be a bad idea. It led to some cracking near the holes and often they didn't meet up in the middle. So I guess it is best to drill the hole into the raw clay but that also has issues. Sometimes the hole ends in the wrong place instead of exactly opposite the first hole.

I may try making a bail for them.

Then I have to figure out a clasp. I always have trouble with the mechanics of jewelry. It doesn't come as easy to me as the initial design. I like to make my own findings though and so it takes some thought and trial and error. I'll get there though and hopefully will have some new pieces for my shop.


MÂȘ Reyes said...

Precioso, me encanta. Besos

Ann Gorbett said...

Love this new series, Roberta. They look so much like metal.

BeadsForever said...

I can understand why you are only playing with your clay and not your BJP. Your clay work is wonderful (previous posts too)!