I’ve always cherished the crocheted lace doilies that my mom and great aunts had made. They graced most of the wood furniture in our house when I was growing up. I use them sometimes, but mostly just take them out for a look-see every once in a while.
They all have a little different feel. Some are silky soft and flowy (my favorites). Others have been stiffened by starch that has stood the test of time!
Not too long ago, when I was taking a peek at my doily stash, I decided to make a quick press mold to use in my porcelain play. Once I began, I was a bit obsessed and cut a lot of jewelry shapes.
I love the way the freshly cut clay looked. The intricate textures of the fine crochet was clearly visible. It made me miss my mom a bit more, thinking about her making each stitch.
I was so excited about my new project that I glazed everything in a handful of glazes.
Ready to be fired in the kiln
Although I’m pretty happy with the result, I’m missing a lot of the texture of the unglazed pieces.
So, knowing that I’d be cutting out more shapes, probably lots more, I sorted the doilies and pulled out a few of my favorites and made more molds.
Just one hundred pair of earrings. Only 100, well 200 pieces. That’s all! It didn’t seem too nutty at the time, and doesn’t now that I’m almost finished either. It was a pretty big commitment for a really cool opportunity that I’ll let you know more about pretty soon. After cutting and shaping the first 150 or so, I began to wonder if a pendant might have been a wiser choice with only needing half as many pieces… Well, by then it was a little late to turn back. I was into a good rhythm by then! After drying, I cleaned them up and carved my initials into the back of each piece, getting them ready for the kiln.I was so happy that they all fit on 2 shelves in my new, super cute little kiln! There was even a little space for a couple of new sample shapes.Fresh from the kiln. Ready for glazing! I decided on two glaze styles, because as most of my friends have learned, decision making is sometimes a challenge for me. At least I was able to narrow it down to two, as I would like to see these in lots of colors and glaze styles. Glazed pieces waiting for more for their second firing. Only a hundred or so to go! Success! I’m always a little apprehensive that when I open the kiln (the large kiln this time) because, sometimes a nasty surprise awaits. This time as it most often is, I’m really happy with the result.You might have been wondering why this post began with the photo of a shell on the beach. I made a press mold from a Knobbed Whelk shell that I found on an early morning to watch my first sunrise over the Atlantic. It was a beautiful sight!Until next time…