Monday, 13 May 2013

Kiln experiments, Melting glass, feather imprint firing results

For a while now I have wanted to try melting some glass in with my ceramic work during a firing. It is a bit hit and miss as I wasnt too clear about what temperature to fire too, I fire the kilns high so I thought that results wouldnt be too good.
But I fetched these out of the kiln today, just tester pieces for now but I think I will definitely be melting more glass into my bowls. I like the results.

These bowls have got a feather imprint and a little iron oxide over them,
they look like leaf veins but they are actual feathers




Glass beads that I have used to melt onto the ceramics

8 comments:

  1. These are beautiful. I have NO ceramics skills to speak of, but I would say that the experiment has been a success!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne,
      Glad you like them
      xx

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  2. To what temperature did you fire these?
    I like the feather imprints.

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  3. I fired them to 1240c. Middle shelf. I fired some more in a kiln yesterday to 1000c and the bead was still pretty much as it was, so that's too low.
    x

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  4. They are lovely. I so love the feather print! I love the way the colour of the bead has spread out too. I've been dying to try out feathers with my silver for a while now but haven't found the one I want to use yet so have been doing lots of leaf work instead.

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    1. I've just been over to your blog, some interesting projects going on. Metal clay looks like an interesting process, a lot more control than with kiln firing, must be nice.
      xx

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  5. Awesome idea with the beads!! I must try this soon. Beautiful pieces. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Definitely try it you can get some great results, I have fired glass a few times since this posting and have had some good results, although all those pretty coloured beads in the above photo all melt and fire blue

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