Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Results of Mother of Pearl Firing

Here's the results of last weekend's mother of pearl firing.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I glazed several pendants, beads and cabochons in various shades of greens, purples and corals.
Then, after the initial glaze firing, an additional coat of mother of pearl luster was applied. Which you can see in another previous post that the mother of pearl is dark blue before it's fired. This is how the pieces look after the mother of pearl firing:
It creates a luminescent shine, which makes for a very rich and opalescent appearance. 
It's not the best choice for everything, and I don't usually use it for my really detailed pieces such as snowflakes and autumn leaves for instance because it can detract or mottle the detail.
I do however think it's a good fit for my seashore pieces.
I've started to list these in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop, and will continue to throughout the next few weeks.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Ohhhh that green is simply magical! Love it all, Lisa!

  2. Those turned out lovely. I like the sheen on them.

  3. Thanks so much everyone - :) It was a good batch. I love the green as well Cait. I've been working on getting some decent shots so I can list them. That seems to take more time than anything! :)

  4. Beautiful! I just saw Lori Anderson's latest design with you beads and had to come by for a peek... your work is fantastic!

  5. That's so nice Rebekah - :) Thank you! It's been incredible watching Lori's approach to creating with my beads and coming up with such awesome designs I never would have thought of.

  6. Oh wow,
    I have just found you from Lori's blog,I love your work,fantastic colours of these clay works.
    I think I could be broke again very soon,lol.