Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Today's Workspace: All About That Clay

I've been super busy these past few weeks restocking charms for bracelets and earrings, as well as working on a few new ones! First each charm is delicately hand sculpted from a block of clay - I don't use moulds or stencils so each one is unique in its own little way, making each piece of Little Miss Delicious jewellery that little bit more special.

Once out of the oven everything is sanded to make sure they're super smooth, then the fun part begins! Each charm requires at least 4 coats of paint before adding details to make sure they're as bright as possible, those that need a white base first can require many more than this, and let's not even talk about how stressful it can be making sure each face is absolutely perfect ;) I have very strict quality control with my work, and I'd never send out anything I'm not happy with so it can take days to paint each piece exactly right. 

After all that, the work is still not done. Once each piece is finished, they all need to be glazed, and I tend to leave at least 6-8 hours between coats to ensure they're fully dry before doing the next one. Each piece is glazed multiple times on both sides to make sure they're as shiny and well protected as possible! This does mean it usually takes 5 days to finish glazing due to all the drying time. After that, they're then attached to their earrings, bracelet or necklace chains and ready to go to their new homes!

It's a long process to make each charm, and one I don't think many people realise takes as long as it does - hopefully the amount of work that goes into each individual piece shows in the final product, and helps you appreciate your Little Miss Delicious pretties that little bit more!

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