The Bird and The Hare

Bird-A-Week #7 - Raven

I have been saying for a very long time that while I occasionally make jewelry pieces, I do not want to be in the jewelry making business.  Well, sometimes I just get on the kick of making small pieces and can't help it.

I did some experimenting of reverse painting on small cut pieces of framing glass.  I have lots of that laying around from the frames that I bastardize to mount my tiles on.  The glass is hard so does not distort in firing, the paint adheres well and fires well on it and it is very thin so is perfect for jewelry pieces - not alot of bulk or weight.  The hardest part is manipulating the paint in such a small format.

February 5, 2011 002 Raven Pendant - approx 3/4" x 1-1/2"

So, my bird this week is about 3/4" x 1-1/2".  It is actually not finished.  The painting and glass is all done and ready, but I have ordered some bronze and copper clay to make settings for it and several other pieces I have painted.  I simply can not wait til the clay arrives some time next week.  I already have lots of sketches of designs to work up the clay.

Clay Pendant design 1 

Clay pendant design 2 

Clay pendant design 3 

Clay pendant design 4 

It works well to draw up actual size sketches of what I am thinking in order to translate that into an actual piece.  In my mind I have all of the ideas for thickness, techniques, etc, but the actual design is best kept on paper.  You can also see some of my notes about possible design additions.

I just can't wait for the clay!!!
Check back for some finished pictures hopefully next week!