Z is for Zirconia (AtoZ 2016)
One of my 2016 resolutions is to add a stone to a bead. So far I have two ideas for beads but haven’t narrowed down which idea I want to try. Because of that, I also haven’t narrowed down what kind of stone I want to add.
Part of the decision hinges on whether I really want to add the stone before or after I fire the bead. I feel like adding it before firing would be more of a challenge, but also limits the stones that I can use. Amber would have to be added after. Labradorite, while ok if fired at a low temperature in a kiln, isn’t recommended for torch firing. Other stones are iffy no matter how they are heated – sometimes ok, sometimes not. Flip a coin and trust your luck. While I’m not planning on using expensive stones, I still don’t want to risk ruining the stone and bead if I can’t predict what will happen or how they’ll come out after firing.
Enter zirconia. Zirconia seems to be universally accepted as torchable. And it comes in many different colours!
But, it’s not amber. Or labradorite. Or really any of the stones that I want to use! So I’m back to my original dilemma: while adding the stone after firing gives me more options, it is less challenging. And there’s not much point in setting a resolution if there’s no challenge to it!
Do you like to challenge yourself? How do you challenge yourself?