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3D Star ornament
I have been trying to create an ornament for Christmas this year. I’ve been really busy the past few weeks, I haven’t had much time. Above is what I came up with.
Cleaned up and drying
Usually I make a mold for all my designs. I tried something different. I used cookie cutters. Easy enough. But they were plain and boring. So I created the circle design on both sides of the both pieces of the star. It was fun and random. I like no rules!
After they were cleaned up they were fired. The clay that looks grey above fires to white. A nice blank canvas.
I make glaze samples using the rejects. I am glad I tried 2 transparent colors. The yellow just didn’t do it for me. It is far yellower in person!
This color is called Rich Rust. Glaze is brushed on. I really thought it had more red in it. As you can see in the first photo it leans more towards brown. I am so not a brown person!
The first color is rinsed off and is left in the recesses of the design. Next the transparent glaze is brushed on over the entire ornament.
I have to make more and tweak the pieces. The bottom piece is too wide when the two pieces are put together. I really can’t live with that space. Unless I can get that problem worked out there won’t be any ornaments to give as gifts this year.
The colors need to be changed also. Being a “Brighter is Better” color person, I’m having issues with this first color palette.
I need to kick it in high gear to get all the problems worked out.
I liked I could make this my own.
Keeping my fingers crossed for the outcome.
*Remember any button can be a pendant or jewelry component.*
My Question is:
What special project or gifts are you making for gifts?
Have you taken something recently and made it your own?
Leave your answer to the question in the comments
Have a great day and a wonderful Christmas!!
Feeling Sassy as usual!