how a pendant is born, part 1

First we’ll need some stamps. I carve those out of small blocks of wet clay, using quite teensy tools.

Once the stamps are finished, they get fired in the kiln and come out looking like these babies.

Then I roll out a nice even slab of clay and go to town with my stamps.

I cut around each impression with a cookie cutter or a small knife or whatever seems like the most fun at the time. Then I punch one hole (for a necklace or earrings) or two holes (for a bracelet), and set them aside to firm up a bit.

Next, I clean up each piece with a damp sponge and smooth out all the rough edges.

All ready to go into the kiln for their first firing! This tray represents a little less than 3 hours of work.

Next time, glazing!

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