Back in the summer, I posted about trying to find my own voice with my Melismatic Morsels, and shared my initial experimentation with carving my own designs in stamps.
|First attempts at carving stamps!
|One of my wire-wrapped rosaries using mass-produced, albeit unique and lovely components.
With my new found metal clay skills and the purchase of a kiln, I thought, why not? So, I set out to create my own rosary components. I queried my clay sculpting friends on learning to scuplt...specifically a crucifix. Umm, I have never sculpted anything before. No pressure there! Teammates Jenny and Karen gently talked me down, and made me realize that it was not something I should pursue with the hopes of getting it together for an upcoming show! Thanks, ladies!
|Tweaking my bird stamp and a trial of my first cross in polymer
What I did decide to do was attempt to carve some crosses, sans Christ, that would be a unique, personal addition to my rosaries, or jewelry for that matter. Here are my 1st attempts in copper clay, and I have to say, I am really proud of the outcome. One stamp to make the initial impression in the clay, but I carved the leather dry pieces to make each one different and special. I even added my own sculpted element. I envision some more plain ones with bezel-set stones as well...stay tuned!
|Greenware with the stamps.
|Fired, pickled and tumbled...no patina..yet!
|In progress stamp carvings for future cross designs
Next step are are" unique to me" rosary centers...I have a few ideas but that will be for another day and another post.
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