Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My New Work in Fall Stringing Magazine




Toggle Clasp by MaryHardingJewelry
Sustainable Weeds Series: Purslane by MaryHardingJewelry

Whimsical Ear Wires by MaryHardingJewelry





All of the above pieces are in this Fall Issue of Stringing Magazine.  I am so pleased to be published in this special Annual Shopping Guide edition!


I am working on making new work and restocking some old favorites and filling some orders after not being in my studio for 5 months due to a broken ankle last Spring!!  It sure feels good to be back.

Whimsical earwires in progress by MaryHardingJewelry

Toggle Bars in progress by MaryHardingJewelry

I am planning on updating my Etsy Shop late in September.  I will post the actual date when I know that I will be ready.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Mary

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Inspired by Pitcher Plants


Photo by Eric Wentling  Pitcher Plants

Every month Eric Wentling choses a picture to inspire his wife Sarajo.  She then shares it with the FB community and asks us to play along with creations we make inspired her husband's photo.

Here is what Eric wrote about this month's picture of Pitcher Plants:
This month I chose a picture from our recent trip out to Ligonier, PA for the Allegory Gallery's Creative Camp.  Andrew Thornton directed us out to a nearby bog where the carnivorous plants were in full bloom.  An entire field of these pitcher plants and much smaller sundews stretched around us--beauty and savagery all wrapped up in one tiny leafy package.  The strange shape, as well as the striated deep red patterns against green really jumped out at me and I wanted to see what a bunch of jewelry designers could pull off with this inspiration!
I could not resist the challenge of these exotic pitcher plants and the beautiful colors they are sporting in their unique garb.  So I am playing along.  This is my first time.

I was so enamored of these cool plants and the color combo of burgundy and lime green that I went to work right away.
My first piece was a fern leaf in the pitcher plant palette.  I was working in  polymer clay and have been since I broke my ankle several months ago and could not have access to my studio due to the stairs. I expect to begin working again in ceramic clay in Sept.

                                    Fern Leaf by MaryHardingJewelry  polymer clay

I was really excited to try modeling a pitcher plant from polymer clay.  I find that polymer is like magic for me when it comes to make 3 dimentional forms.  Here is the first pitcher plant I came up with:

                                   Pitcher Plant  Front View by MaryHardingJewelry
                                                   Pitcher Plant  Back View by MaryHardingJewelry
                                        Pitcher Plant  Side View by MaryHardingJewelry

So far it does not have a stringing hole that would display it right side up.  I plan to add a stringing loop soon.  This is one of the things I love about polymer:  it can be modified way after it is cured by just curing again.

Then I made a smaller pitcher plant that has a stringing loop.
Smaller Pitcher Plant by MaryHardingJewelry

The two pitcher plants together

I totally enjoyed being inspred by the pitcher plants photo.  Thanks so much Eric and Sarajo.

I  hope you readers will take a look at the other creations in the links below.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Mary

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Adding Color




Pussy Willow Pendant

All of the pieces in this post had color added to them after the iron oxide was applied.  Most of them were fired first and then fired a second time with the added color.  Most of these pieces have been sold.  But I am having an update to my Etsy shop tomorrow, Friday Feb. 5 at about 2:00 PM EDT,.  I will be adding new toggle clasps,  pendants and some cabs.  Hope you can stop by.
Pussy Willow Pendant


Rustic Flower Pendant

Daisy Cabochon


Daisy Pendant that turned white where ever I added the clear gloss glaze


Toggle Clasp with green and some red added

Toggle Clasp and Earring Charms  color added and then fired, then more color and gloss glaze selectively added and fired yet again

Sublte color blue green added

I painted on the the teal after the initial iron oxide firing and fired again


 green color added after the iron oxide firing

Next post is going to be titled Changing Clay and will feature those clays and some with iron oxide.  Hope to see you at my shop update tomorrow, 2-05-16 in my Etsy Shop

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Work in Browns

Thistle Pendant

The following is a series of pictures of work I have been doing using an iron oxide stain.  







Thistle pendant and beads set



Maple Seed Wings Pendant

Purslane Leaves and beads

Spruce Bough Penant and beads

Fossil Like Snail Pendant

Daisy Blooms

In a French Veggie Garden
Ginkgo Leaves and Beads Set


Daisy Fan Petals Flower
                                                  Spruce Bough Bracelet Bar
Thistle Flower Heart

Diamond Pendant

Another Diamond Pendant


Most of these pieces are sold but I am making more.  You can find a few of them in my Etsy shop right now.
Thanks so  much for stopping by.
Mary



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Experiment Results


Here is how they came out after being fired this last time.  Are you surprised?  I know I was even though I know that firings can change a piece a lot.  And best of all, I am happily surprised.  Here is the list again of what I did to the pieces.

Here is what I did, starting at the top--going from left to right
1. Brown daisies stained with iron oxide--2 loop pendant
2.  Daisy cabochon stained with iron oxide and then lightly colored with a red glaze on the petals and a blue glaze on the center and lightly clear glazed
3. Round cabochon stained with  cobalt and covered with clear glaze ( left side of plate) That was a mistake.  No cobalt stain, just hand painted with several colors of glazes.
4. Stick pendant stained and then partially painted with a orange glaze and a light coat of clear
5. Rustic snail pendant glazed in a pink brown.
6. 2  hole pendant stained with iron oxide and lightly colored with several glazes and then a light clear glaze added--garden image
7. Fan of Daisy petals  rustic cabochon stained with iron oxide and then lightly clear glazed just on the petals.
 (small stained tab piece--from a broken pendant I didn't include in this picture-- it came out pretty blah!!) One thing I did notice is that the clear glaze significantly lightens the oxide color and makes it almost pale.
8. Donut with lightly color glazed small leaves and some other areas.  No clear glaze.
Most of the pieces were fired first with just the iron oxide glaze--after they were bisqued so when I fire these pieces it was for the 3rd time.

I have a few more experiments to do.  Like tumbling some beads I stained with iron oxide and trying out some new clays.  Will post them when I do them but it may be awhile.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy New Year!!
Mary


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Experiments


                                          Ceramic pendants by Mary Harding

Now that winter has actually set in--we are in the middle of  a snow storm as I type-- and the holidays are mostly over, I find that I have time in my studio for trying out new things and ideas.  I have been playing around with oxides and have made several experiments to see what will happen.
My photo above is before I fired them.

Here is what I did, starting at the top--going from left to right
1. Brown daisies stained with iron oxide
2. Round cabochon stained with  cobalt and coverd with clear glaze ( left side of plate)
3. Daisy cabochon stained with iron oxide and then lightly colored with a red glaze on the petals and a blue glaze on the center and lightly clear glazed
4. 2  hole pendant stained with iron oxide and lightly colored with several glazes and then a light clear glaze added
5.stick pendant stained and then partialy painted with a red glaze and a light coat of clear
6. snail shaped pendant lightly colored and clear glazed--very rustic and fosil like beforehand
7. small stained tab piece--from a broken pendant
8.  fan of daisy petals stained and then lightly glazed with red and a clear glaze--no color on daisy head
9.Donut with lightly color glazed small leaves and some other areas.  No clear glaze.
Most of the pieces were fired first with just the iron oxide glaze--after they were bisqued so when I fire these pieces it will be for the 3rd time.

I will post the results tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to All





                               
Happy Holiday LED Lights Earrings

My earrings are dong a Happy Dance for you!!  Enjoy your Holidays!!

You can see the free tutorial for making these earrings on the Art Bead Scene Blog

Have a wonderful Holiday!!
Mary


Raku Bead Video Part III