Stoneware-Snowflakes-1

Stoneware Snowflakes Part 1

November 25, 2013 , In: Ceramic Clay, Clay, Tutorials
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Every year I make Christmas ornaments for my family.  This year, I decided to make snowflakes out of speckled brown stoneware.
 
 
This first thing I do is make the wire loops for the top and bottom of each snowflake.  One for attaching a ribbon and one for hanging crystals (bling bling!).  I use high-fire wire and the back of a paintbrush to make consistent loops.
 
 

  I then condition a chunk of clay and pinch a piece off.  I like to use random-sized pieces so that the snowflakes are all different (just like real ones).  Then I roll the clay into a ball.

I place the ball of clay onto the vintage batik stamp and squish it down using a wood block (the back of a rubber stamp).

Once I remove the clay from the batik stamp, I gently flatten it again with the wood block and then slide the wire loops into place.

After the snowflakes have dried, I apply a tiny bit of water and carve my initials and the year into the back of each piece.
 

The next step will be to bisque fire all of them.  Then they’ll get glazed and fired again.  Once that is complete, I’ll cut some pretty ribbon and wire-wrap some crystals to dangle from the bottom.  In a week or so, I’ll show you how they look.

 

Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
  1. Reply

    So pretty! I bet that these are cherished gifts that your friends and family truly love. Enjoy the day. Erin

  2. Reply

    I love them so much!!! I also love seeing the process! Thank you!

  3. Your beads are always so pretty. Great tutorial. ~diana welte

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    So glad to see this! I'm amazed at how deep the impression is on your stamp, but now I see why it comes out so well! These will be beautiful, I know! Thanks for sharing!

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    What a delight for your family! I look forward to seeing them completed.

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    Can't wait to see them finished!

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