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