A necklace design with components made from steel clay has been in my mind for quite a while now. This week I decided to make a sketch so I could move the project along. I want to use the long orange bead with a Middle Eastern theme as a focal (purchased it at the last Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.)
|Prima in Saran after pulling it out of the tube|
I also want to use some of the basic techniques I learned in Hadar Jacobson’s class. I bought a large block of Prima (a professional grade plastilina) that has wax and is great for forming a shape, wrapping it in saran and in this design, wrapping steel textured clay around it. Then when the bead is dry, I will carefully pull out the saran with the Prima in it. Works great as long as the ends are open enough for the Prima to exit. I broke one tube doing this. You also don't want to get the Prima warm as the wax will melt and there will be a mess!
|Sanding the tube|
I mix up Hadar’s steel clay, roll it out, texture it with a scrolling leaf design, cut and roll it around the Prima in the saran. The ends of the tube need a finish treatment and I add extruded coils. These are set aside to dry.
Next comes sanding and finishing and firing them in the kiln.
|Two Horn-like Components and Center Tube (before sanding unfired)|
You can see from my sketch that I need two horn-like beads for the side and a tube for the center.
Results from the firing in the kiln:
|These horn-like beads fired nicely and will be polished.|
|The center bead collapsed and split and will be made again.|