In every new craft, there’s a learning process. Tonight, I learned that my eyesight isn’t so good!
These are thin porcelain buttons which we fired last week. I spent a few days glazing them with “Peppermint Twist,” which is supposed to be a pink color base with white speckles on it. Peppermint Twist is designed to fire at cone 06 (this is a temperature setting). The label has this information in a very, very tiny font, so tiny that I didn’t even realize it was text! It looks like a random logo thing in faint grey lines. Underneath that, there’s a warning in larger, bolder text that starts out “Cone 6.” Cone 6 is hotter than cone 06. I fired these buttons to cone 6, and did not in any way get pink base with white speckles.
If you look closely, you’ll also see that I failed to poke out the buttonholes on a few of them. I thought I’d done it – but clearly my eyesight failed me there, too.
The last problem is that when taking them out of the kiln I dropped the top middle and lower middle ones and they broke. That’s just me being my usual clumsy self.
Well, we had also made a few little test pieces like tiny vases, or whatever, and I had glazed them with my “Seawind” glaze (cream base with teal and caramel speckles). Guess what? Seawind is also a cone 06 and I fired to cone 6.
Still, they got beautifully glossy. I’m happy with that aspect of it.
Lastly, here’s a drying piece I’m making from White COPPRclay, a metal clay. I rolled a texturizing rolling pin (it has paisleys carved into it) over the moist clay, and then cut out the teardrop with cookie cutters and assembled it this way. I need to remember to sand the edges before firing, but it needs to completely air-dry first. When it is ready for the kiln I’ll put up a picture if it actually looks different, and when it’s done firing another pic, and then it has to go in the rock tumbler for a few hours before it’s totally done. I find it hard to believe this will turn out white, but who knows? This is my first-ever piece with White COPPRclay.