Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Blog

Some of you may know that I post every other Saturday on the Beads-of-Clay blogspot.  Twice now I have posted pictures on the blog of things in nature that I find beautiful or inspirational.  These posts have been so well received that I decided to start a new blog.  Every day for 365 days I will post a picture/s of something that I find beautiful, intriguing, or inspirational.  I will also post quotes or poems that define my life and determination to focus on what is wonderful in this world, and to let the rest slip away.
Please visit my blog for a daily dose of wonder!

With love, Sharleen

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Raku Pendant

I had to post a picture of this.  My favorite piece to come out of the kiln last Sunday.  I almost do not want to sell it.  Raku is really hard to duplicate.  I used a combo of glazes on the sides that swirled together to make a marble-like surface of rust and dark green. 
I'm finding it hard to take pictures of the raku, getting the light just right to show the metallic beauty.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Crab Toggle

This clever toggle is designed so that the crab's back is a separate piece and serves as the toggle bar.  It has a wire loop on the bottom to attach the second side of the necklace to.
I went to Hilton Head this summer and enjoyed the hundreds of crabs at the nature preserve.  They are Fiddler Crabs and resemble very large bugs, and have only 1 large claw. When disturbed, they went scurrying for their holes, and jumped in legs first, holding the claw aloft like a flag!
This diamond shaped toggle is 1 1/2" square.  The crab is a blue crab, and background is painted with a golden tan glaze that looks like sand.  I used a heavy white crackle glaze on the edges to look like foamy waves on the sand.
Check out the  this Sat. Aug 6.  I am posting a tutorial on how I made this.