Have you ever opened the kiln and not liked what you see? I suppose we all have pieces where the glaze disappoints, or just looks plain boring. Here are a few fixes, they may not improve everything but you can salvage quite a lot of fugly beads with these methods.
The obvious thing to do is to re-glaze and fire again which is what I did with these ceramic beads and buttons below.
Sometimes when I’m glazing beads one bead might touch on another bead and contaminate it, it’s so annoying when this happens. A great fix for these beads is to re-glaze using a crystal glaze, preferably with crystals that tone in with the splash of rogue glaze.Some beads come out just plain boring, sometimes it seems a lot of ceramic beads come out brown regardless of what colour the glaze was. A great fix for these beads is Arroya glaze which crackles in the kiln giving lovely textures.
I know a lot more about overglaze techniques than I do about glazing, and as china paints and lustres fire at a lower temperature of around 800C they are a great choice for fixing. Here I’ve used satin metallic enamels on black porcelain to pick out the textures. I liked the black bisque but the texture was lost.
China paints were used to highlight these pieces too.
Metal lustres are great for adding a bit of sparkle or picking up texture, I’ve used copper lustre on these beads and pendants, some were pretty boring but now they are more interesting.
Lustres are really hard to photograph so here’s another angle, they aren’t as brown in real life, they are copper coloured, the tear drop pendant on the right has been transformed and looks a bit like raku thanks to copper lustre it now looks lovely.