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

Almost ready for the show

Well here are a few of my new critters.  They are not quite complete but thought I would show their progress.  Just a bit of paint and their wire stakes to hold them in your favourite flower pots.  Hope to have this done soon.  However, it is the holiday weekend in Canada and I have family coming in so I may not have them finished and ready to show for a few days.   I will most definitely take photos before they go off to the Garden Tour on July 8th.  

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Ladybugs, butterflies and sprites. oh my.

There are a plethora of insects which have graciously modelled for me for my new line of pot sticks.  Well not really but they have been a great inspiration after my creative brain when on hold for the winter.  I will dig out the camera this week and post some in production photos of my little creations.  They are actually going to a Garden Show in Cranbrook on July 8.  Then will be posted on my Etsy site unless of course they all happen to sell, then I will be back in the studio crating more for Etsy.

Type at you later this week.

Cheers