Blue Feathers Project

The Blue Feather project will be a hopefully ongoing project for us. Basically the idea is we’re crafting pendants with a Blue Feather, representing the LGBT populace. I thought they might also be a great way to experiment with new materials and techniques, and also be a fun way to get people who haven’t really worked with clay before get a beginners experience with the craft. All in all I think these are awesome. Hopefully we’ll make buckets of them and spread them far and wide 🙂

If anybody actually reads this blog and wants some please let me know!

This batch is all made in a Cone 6 porcelain clay (because our kiln will not get up to the usual cone 10) I really like the feel of these when they were done. It’s a really fine grain smooth clay.

So there were few different varieties of blue feathers. The ones actually in the shape of a feather were push molded in silicone molds meant for fondant. I had some issues with previous feathers snapping so for some of these we added an extra base for them. Thicker clay = less likely to break.

The previous ones were just stonewear those so I’m interested in seeing how the porcelain holds up.

For the round pendants we went in and carved in the shapes of feathers, or pushed in some texture of an actual feather. The actual feather texture is not that deep though so I’m not sure how well those read as actual feathers… so we’re unlikely to continue with that method.

Sgraffito

I’ve not done Sgraffito before so these were a means of trying on that technique, and also testing the difference between 2 different underglazes. I believe the left 5 are Royal Blue, and the right 5 are Cobalt blue, both PSH underglazes.

End results? I looks pretty awesome! One coast should be sufficient.. and you should definitely wait until the glaze dries before carving it or else you get weird boogers. (see picture on the right, the two crossed feathers in the middle row) Also, I don’t think details finer than what you see here will turn out well.. the glaze had a tendancy to flake off in a big chunk every once in awhile which was irritating.. This was most apparent in the peacock type feather in the very top of the pic above

Duncan’s Specialty glazes

These glazes are low fire glazes, so I wanted to see how well they would hold up being fired to 6. Spoiler alert, they didn’t.

I labelled the ones I could figure out.. the rest I did not. I don’t think that’s a big deal though because we’re unlikely to try this again!

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