The great panda bear

It is another beautiful spring day here in the Rockies.  And as it is Wednesday I have added a new listing to my stores.   I love panda bears.  I think I may have to create a few more.  Maybe some munching on their favorite Bamboo leaves.  Did you know that they get much of their water intake just from the bamboo leaves they eat.  New bamboo shoots are about 90 percent water.

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Headpins and bails and beads, oh my.

So as promised here are the little ladybugs after they have received three coats of varnish.  Then comes the headpin and beads.  The last step is to put on a jewelry bail and this little lady bug is ready to compliment your favourite outfit.

All my animal pendants are created in the same manner with attention to detail.  Placing the headpin through the whole piece gives it added strength and you never have to worry about the pendant separating from its finding.  Of course with a ladybug you never now when it may leave and just fly away home.  Sorry couldn’t resist that one.

All lined up and ready to go

All lined up and ready to go

Waiting for a wire loop

Waiting for a wire loop

Almost there

Almost there

Blue Ladybug Pendant

Blue Ladybug Pendant

Ladybug bath

Now don’t panic when you look at this photo.  That’s not a bottle of insecticide in that spray bottle.  But these little clay ladybugs do have to go through an alcohol bath to remove any residue and oils that may be on the clay after firing.  It also helps the varnish “stick” to the clay.  Once they are dry they will get three coats for varnish.  I will post more pictures to show the process of how these pendants go together.  Wish I had more time to type today but I am going to take advantage of the spring weather and get outside.  Cheers.

Ready for the next stage of production

Ready for the next stage of production

Ladybug Ladybug it’s almost spring

Well it’s now spring and wouldn’t you know it it’s snowing outside.  So I sat in front of a lump of black clay until it spoke to me.  And it cried out ladybug.  So that is what is now firing in the oven.  Eight cute little ladybug pendants.  Four in blue and four in red.  Yes there are blue ladybugs.  One species is commonly known as the Steelblue Ladybug introduced to New Zealand from Australia in 1899 to 1905.  There are over 300 different kinds of ladybugs in North America and they come in a variety of colours, red, orange, blue, yellow, white and pink.  So if these little fellows turn out after firing I may just have to make the whole range of colours.

These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants

These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants

See what a little bit of colour can do

See what a little bit of colour can do

And then the spots

And then the spots