Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Great suggestion Jan!

Ready to fire


Jan J. commented a couple of posts ago that I should do gourd birdhouse, and here it is, both in progress and the finished piece. You can see more photos of it at my Etsy shop here. Thanks for the great idea Jan!

I work in silver precious metal clay (PMC), which is silver that's in clay form. The basic gourd shape was constructed around a form that I made, then I let the PMC dry and I cut it in half to get the form out. I re-attached the two halves, added the vines and leaves, and sculpted and attached the bird. The loop at the top is fine silver wire. The first photo shows the piece right before I put it into my kiln. I fired it at 1500 degrees for 2 hours, and the clay binder burned off and the silver particles fused. Kind of like magic!


Jan J. said...

Oh my goodness, this is exquisite, so much cuter than I even imagined! The winding vine is the perfect touch.

Sue said...

Thanks for suggesting it! It needed some decoration and the vine seemed like the most natural thing.

Lorena Angulo said...

Very Beautiful !

Gummi Bear said...

Very pretty, Sue!

By the way, am wondering if it would also look nice to add a pop of colour to the little bird in birdhouse no. 4. Perhaps, a red or blue birdie in tinted concrete?

I love all your latest artwork and may be buying a few after my hols!


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HappyDayArt! said...

You are totally going off in so many new directions Sue. This is so cute and nicely made!