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Ceramic succultent planters – WOYWW

Hello, here’s my table last night, nothing has changed this morning except these are now covered with polythene to dry slowly.

I have been working with clay recently, hand building succulent planters, and some more ceramic beads as I’m running out of stock. Clay has to be the messiest medium, and I’m the messiest worker, and I know you paper crafts people are very neat and tidy . Feeling a tad ashamed over the state of my studio I spent yesterday morning cleaning up my mess in order to get some photos that I felt I could share.
P1300887Here are a few closeups, there are planters of all sizes, I have had so many folks commenting on the large planter I made for myself I thought I needed a range to suit everyone. Some have a slightly domed top, they remind me of flying saucers.
P1300889The large planter was quite a struggle but in the end I’m happy with it, let’s hope it fires well. I made a little egg shaped pot, maybe a planter but it would work for lots of other uses too.

P1300890I love making ceramic beads, I love the feel of the clay when rolling it into balls, and choosing the glazes, but my favourite part ( which makes me feel like a girl again) is putting them together in mixed sets. I can spend quite a bit of time doing this, just playing with the beads.
P1300891I hope everyone is feeling productive, I will head over to Stamping Ground to see what you are doing today


Clay bead moulds buttons and Christmas decorations

I need to make a few more Christmas decorations as they go fast, so while I had the clay out I thought about making for an event in February. It’s a Craft Kits event, and I will be supplying beads and buttons. I also need to stock up my shop with ceramic beads and introduce buttons.

I haven’t done an event like this before so I need to get busy making.  I’ve made a few bead moulds, I had a problem with my buttons sticking, flouring the button didn’t help that much, so taking an approach from baking I floured the clay, just like pastry, and this was much more successful. They weren’t drying fast enough in the studio so I brought them indoors. Being impatient has it’s costs as some have cracked. I found the little squashed clay balls worked better than rolled out clay which cracked more.



I love making new things, and I’m looking forward to chilling over the Christmas holidays making beads and buttons. Now I’m off to design some button cards using my Cameo.

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