Attached are 2 pictures froma piece I just took out of the kiln.I made it several years ago and finally fired it.It didn't turn out like it should have. I slid it thru a strog bead rod and placed it on top of two tall posts. The glazes ran and fused it all togther. So now it looks like a strange piece of sculpture. A friend suggested that I slide it onto a branch and hang small hummingbird feeders from it.
It's beautiful just the way it is! My only concern would be it might be too fragile to support something as heavy as a hummer feeder. Maybe you could wire some sparkly beads to it with copper wire? Or just hang it up and enjoy it!
Hey, I think I read the original posts from when you first made this and thought "now how is she ever gonna glaze those?" They are a cool sculpture and great colors! Copper wire and beads will look great!
If you try these again maybe make the each ring seperately then connect them with some other type of ring (copper maybe?)
Hi Ima and CHrissy,
Yeahhhhhhhhhh I always wondered HOW am I going to glaze and fire this without it fusing together...welllll no big surprise. I may have to try Chrissy sugestion and connect them with wire...
Chris myfriend and instructor suggested that I just fire it to bisque...but I douibt it would last long. OH!!! I KNOW!!!! I could use ACRLYIC PAINT on it then seal it!
Nope, underglaze is just a really thin colored slip, slip is just really wet clay (the consistency of creamy salad dressing, sometimes a bit thicker). Of course the fired underglaze will look like colored clay, it wont have a glossy or matt finish. Underglaze 'moves' very little, so it's often used on greenware for detail work.
For example: When i make animal shapes I do little details e.g., the eyes, feet, etc on the greenware using underglaze then bisque fire; after bisque firing, before glazing the rest of the peice, I cover the detailed/underglazed areas with clear glaze (sometimes I put wax resist of that so I can wipe off any of the other glaze i may accidentally get on the detailed area).
But, with that said...fyi... i was just at a craft store and they had 'patio paint' it said its for outdoor use on terra cotta, concrete, etc and was in the same isle as the acrylic paints. that may work for you too!
If you consider the bisque-and-paint option, but decide against it due to fragility issues - why don't you just fire the unglazed piece to its higher glaze temperature and then paint it? There's no law that says you have to have glaze on a piece to fire it to full strength. Just make sure you use a ^6 clay. Using a low fire clay wouldn't help with fragility, 'cuz low fire clay never gets super strong...
Also, there's another DecoArt product of inexpensive craft paints available at Joann's Fabrics (which I'm only recommending because there might be one near you) called "Americana Gloss Enamels" which you can paint on and "fire" to permanency in your home oven. I don't THINK it would fuse together like real glaze, cuz I've never tried it on a chain like that - but it's worth a shot...