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!|
I have been working on these ideas and refining some designs and venturing into new designs as well! Many of you know that I make rosaries as part of my jewelry business…there was a demand for well-made ones that didn’t pull apart or break, and I started making wire-wrapped ones. These are beautiful, heirloom quality pieces but up until now, my only recourse has been to use mass produced crucifixes and centers. I did find a wonderful company that creates reproductions of vintage pieces that I have used, but I really wanted to be able to create my own, to make them as unique as possible.
|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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