Okay, so here are the last batch of pendants I posted about after they came out of the kiln. Personally, I think that they turned out pretty cool, but I’d love to hear what all of you think about them. There are a few problems with them, so they happen to be back in the kiln already and I’m waiting for it to cool down enough for me to open the door and check them out.
I really enjoyed making these pendants and I like the way that the copper changes color in the kiln. However, there are very practical problems with 2 of them that really did need to be fixed. The sun pendant lost most of the clear glass that was supposed to fuse the nuts and bolt to make a bail. If the glass doesn’t enclose the hardware, the piece can’t be hung as a pendant.
The bird pendant has a big air bubble hole just above the bird. Not only are the edges of the hole extremely sharp (I don’t want anyone getting hurt wearing my pieces :-), but the glass is really thin there and could shatter during wearing. Not cool. So I’ve put a small shard of clear glass in the hole to even it out during the next firing.
Since the rest of the pendants were going back in the kiln anyway, I thought I’d even out the clear glass covering the star pendant, since it had a few spots that were either too low or too high. And, since I had all of those pieces to fuse, I made a few more. I didn’t take pictures of those before they went it, which is a shame. One of them uses the Swiss Cheese technique I posted a photo of earlier here and that would have made a pretty cool before shot. Another of the new pieces is a red pendant with a copper mesh chili pepper and two pieces of millefiore flower cane slices.
In the meanwhile, here are the pics of the previous pieces:
Please leave a note in the comments telling me what you think of these pieces – I’d really appreciate the feedback. As usual, if you click on the images, it will take you to a larger version.
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