** Waves hands*
I'm a PMC'er (well more ACS really) too
I have looked at both your websites and I quake in the presence of both of you!! I could learn a great deal from you both...prepare to have your brains picked!!...
Having said that - I have excelled myself this morning...inbetween checking the new posts of course!
I have done a stonker of a ring...but it is in the tumbler at the moment...you will have to wait to see it! I'll go have a peek in a minute and see if it will photograph well!!
Here it is - what do you think?
I really need someone to tell me how to photograph rings - I have only ever done one that worked out well and that has pride of place on my website!! It is really hard to photgraph 'flat' ones!! I improvised a bit by sticking it on top of a decanter stopper!!
It looks lovely on - even with my fat fingers!!
It is the first bit of proper enamelling I have done since a unit in my HND in 2006 so I am really pleased with it. And it is so beautiful to do it on fine silver...it comes out of the kiln looking so beautiful! Shiny silver...not a blackened thing that needs slaving over to reveal the silver again!! How could anyone not want to work with fine silver????? I am in love!!
WOW ... the ring is beautiful
Gorgeous! I was just about to make a comment on the other thread that resins would make the "craters" pop. Enamel is even better!!
Thanks Julie, Nic and Alexandra...I am rather pleased (Beam!!)
My kiln is my baby!! It is teeny tiny at only 22cmx22cmx27cm and it has a teeny tiny firing chamber - something like 7cmx7cmx11cm - so I don't think I could ever do bronzclay in it..but it fits in with my activities beautifully - mainly because you can programme in different firing temperatures and schedules. It is a Prometheus kiln and it came from the Art Clay Silver shop as it was super cheap there...not that I like ACS - I far prefer PMC...horses for courses and all that!! If you wanted to do bronzclay and glass and such like I think people go for the Paragon kilns - but you might need a second mortgage for that!!!
I'm greedy as technically I have two kilns
One is a paragon SC2 which will comfortably fit on top of a small filing cabinet and is great for almost everything
(glass slumping, dichroic, enamels and of course silver clay, bronze clay & copper clay!)
The other is an Ultralight Kiln, it's the size of a saucepan and very useful for small scale work and individual pieces
(also perfect for Keum Boo)
Hmmmm - I think it was around the £300 mark but that was a couple of years ago....I got it on a wave of euphoria at having passed my HND with Distinction!!