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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bead o rama part two

Some nice results from my Raku firing, in spite of the drippy ice and freezing temps. I was pretty frozen by the end of the day, but it was fun, no drama and I only lost five beads out of 100 so probably my best record yet for losses. I didn't really fire much big stuff this time, just some small dishes, beads, pendants and two sheep that came out beautifully. A new yellow came out nicely but hard to photograph. Recipe is Gertstely Borate 80 Cornwall Stone 20 and vanadium stain 6-8% I used 6% and it was very pale, may go stronger next time and see what happens, but it's very pretty.

Come on over toThe Bead Shop in Carr Mill, Carrboro this Saturday, I will be there with lots and lots of beads and pendants!

17 comments:

Linda Starr said...

looking good and nice display.

ang said...

totally cool...do you think the vanadium is worth it i did it once and eh!.. you can get nice yellows from stains now..when can we do video comments?????

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Linda. video comments, what a great idea Ang!! I had some vanadium around here and I never use it so I mixed up 100g to see what would happen. I think it's a pretty yellow, but I want to try it with a larger percentage and see what happens.

Judy Shreve said...

Tracey - your beads (and display) look great. Good luck with sales Saturday.

I use vanadium yellow a lot & really like it. Try adding small increments of RIO -- gives more of an antique yellow.

Anne said...

Cool, good looking beads!
Good luck with the sale on saturday

Anne
(from the Netherlands, Holland)

Patricia Griffin said...

Love the lambs too! Hope ewe have a great sale this weekend!

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Judy, thanks! I was going to ask if the cruet you sent me was vanadium, it is such a great yellow! Hi Anne, nice to hear from you!!!

judith blakeburn-potter said...

That display is fantastic. Those raku beads will be a great seller. Oh, if the buyers knew the details behind making them. I can just see one of those sheep pulling one of your carts.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Patricia and Judith, your comments came in after I left the last comment, didn't mean to leave you out of the "hello" !!

Michèle Hastings said...

beautiful results! and very little loss, that's wonderful. using the printmakers drawer for a display is a great idea.

DirtKicker Pottery said...

I LoVE the beads! The translucent turquoise is gorgeous with the crackle effect. That is such a cool display box. The sheep are awesome too. You sure had a good firing!
Sell lots :)

cindy shake said...

Look at that TREASURE TRAY! Lovely beads, I want to hold them and so will others -just as they hand over their moolah :o) Baaaaaa! Hello to the newest members of the flock. The difference in these is you glazed their heads -mine has the black Raku face and are all cute!

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

Beautiful! Those sheep are fun. :)

Tracey Broome said...

Cindy: THAT's what it is!! I kept looking at these sheep trying to figure out why they seemed different to me!! I like the black face better

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks all for the comments, so good to hear from all of you!!

Terramorphose said...

I love the combination earth and metal. Nice results...Sylvie from France

Trish said...

Fabulous creative collection, Tracey..& the diplay box is a collection too!.
Wonderful comments for you from far and wide..
Have a great day - hope the ice is melting. We have LOTS of snow up here.
Cheers, Trish