By Shay Amber
Ceramics are continuously well liked by crafters, and hand development with low-fire earthenware is a usual position to begin. With its wealth of knowledge and photographs, based layout, and time-tested recommendation this gorgeous new booklet by way of artist Shay Amber will motivate even the main intimidated newbie. simply as in her celebrated workshops, Amber publications would-be ceramists via the entire fundamentals, from selecting the best clay physique to embellishing the skin with awesome and beautiful glaze remedies to atmosphere a firing temperature. She teaches tips to pinch varieties, create coils, make flat slabs, paintings with basic molds and armatures, and decoration your piece with stencils, slips, underglazes, terra sigillata, and extra. every one strategy is specified by easy-to-follow step by step images with initiatives in growth and lovely gallery photos. Amber introduces a special, easy-to-follow approach for developing a gorgeous slab-built piece, and the entire useful templates are incorporated. A dozen projects—including a pinched Tea Bowl, coil-built coffee Cup Set, and luminous Lantern show off the major tools. complete and available, this illustrated creation turns into the traditional at the potter’s bookshelf.
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3 Heat the metal with the torch until it glows (photo I). ) 4 Remove the glowing metal from the flame and air-dry or quench it in a bowl of iced or very cold water. , . ~ tips firescale their work. I rarely use pickle because I like the aged and rustic look I achieve by reheating metal instead of cleaning it. Reheating metal and quenching it in cold water reduces oxygen exposure and flrescale and produces lovely coloration. Firescale is an oxide that forms on the surface of heated metal. It is caused by oxygen combining with copper at high temperature.
Figuref 62 Metal Techniques 7 If desired, add beads between wrapped loops or onto the wire before making a wrapped loop (figure F). • .. 7 cm) piece of wire. Use pliers or your fingers to pull the opposite end of the wire around to form a small circle. This is the base of a flat coil (figure G). You can create charms of many shapes with wire. wrapping beads on head pins 2 Continue to wrap the wire in a circle, increasing the size of the coil and leaving space between the wires with each rotation (figure H).
After working the annealed metal, it will become hard again and the coloration that came from the initial annealing will change. The deep red color fades and the black is often hammered away. If you want the vibrant red to stay in the final piece, do all the hammering and texturing on the copper before heating it. Try hammering the dark backside (figure C) to achieve an antique look (figure D). , ~. f . " I "" ___" ~. " ·:'r~.. ' : ,': f ~' _ '. ~-- Firescaling Metal Techniques 43 • ,. • • tips balling wire ends coloration You can finish the cut ends of copper or silver wire by heating them with a torch.
Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building by Shay Amber