Category: AtoZChallenge

A to Z roundup

A to Z roundup

Woohoo, I survived the A to Z challenge! I hope everyone had fun following along as I went through some of the details of how …

 

Z is for Zirconia (AtoZ 2016)

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 …

 

Y is for YouTube (AtoZ 2016)

Y is for YouTube (AtoZ 2016)

Although I read a few books that described the tools and the techniques for working with metal clay, the most useful tutorial was this YouTube video. It’s …

 

X is for Xerox (AtoZ 2016)

X is for Xerox (AtoZ 2016)

One of the slightly frustrating things about metal clay is that it’s not a reproducible process. I can’t make exact copies (or “xeroxes” :)) of …

 

W is for Woozy (AtoZ 2016)

W is for Woozy (AtoZ 2016)

When I fired my first bead, it was the end of October and it was cold outside. I figured that I should have some kind …

 

V is for Vexing (AtoZ 2016)

V is for Vexing (AtoZ 2016)

I love metal clay. I really do. Except when I hate it. There aren’t too many times when I hate it, but when I do, the hate …

 

U is for Underfiring (AtoZ 2016)

U is for Underfiring (AtoZ 2016)

I talked about the ting sound that you hear to indicate that the clay has turned to metal. The first time it was unmistakable. Sometimes …

 

T is for Ting (AtoZ 2016)

T is for Ting (AtoZ 2016)

Ting. Ting. It’s a small sound, but a beautiful one. Before you fire the metal clay, it’s a light grey colour. After you fire it, it’s white. …

 

S is for Scratches (AtoZ 2016)

S is for Scratches (AtoZ 2016)

One of the things that I really wish that I could get complete control over is the scratches (and I’m including fine cracks in that grouping) …

 

R is for Roller (AtoZ 2016)

R is for Roller (AtoZ 2016)

Depending on the bead that I’m making, sometimes I use a roller to smooth out the clay and get rid of the larger lumps. This …