Monday, July 19, 2010

Tiny charms and connectors


These are some little connectors and charms that I made from a cool set of mircro cutters that I got at Michaels a few weeks ago.
They will be great for my bead work and I am thinking of putting some onto a thin leather snap bracelet that I have.  I have also tried them out on some metal rings. I love the size and the potential for them.

8 comments:

  1. Mary - if you don't mind my asking, what kind of wire do you imbed in the charms, and what temperature do you fire them at???

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  2. Hi Auntie Annie,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I fire at cone 06 which is about 1850 F. The wire is high temp wire which I get at ceramic supply stores. It is about 26 gauge.

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  3. They look great! I just bought the same little cutters and am trying them out tonight on some brown stoneware!

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  4. Thank you Mary. I am taking a pottery class (my first) and trying to learn as much as I can.

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  5. These are too cute Mary! I love the way you do your glazing overlapping of colors. One question, how do you remove clay from such little cutters? I have some that small and the clay gets distorted when I remove them. Do you cut them at leather hard stage? thank you Mary.

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  6. Hi Vintage Blue Studio, How cool that you got some too. I think you will love the results.

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  7. Hi Yoli, Thank you for your nice feedback about the glazing. I use a little powder or cornstarch to dust the cutting edge. Also the clay isn't leather hard but it is a bit dry. Seems one little bit was out when I picked off the cutter and then I gently pulled out the rest. Otherwise I let them dry awhile in the cutter and then push gently from the inside to get it out. I use an orange stick from cosmetics section of the store. Used really for cuticles. It has many uses for bead making. You might have to smooth over where you pushed and reshape a bit. But these cutters are very shiny so the clay doesn't want to stick as much.

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  8. Thanks Mary. I guess the secret word here is -- patience... which when it comes to clay I am just too excited to wait for anything.
    I use a pencil with the eraser side to get mine out, most of the time I have to reshape since they are still sort of wet... Thanks again.

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