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  1. Here's what I put together for a local social club event held last week. All are made from bisque fired white stoneware clay. They remain porous to soak up scent to slowly diffuse. The clay is wedged, rolled, compressed, stamped, cut out, then dried. Once dry, all edges are wet sanded with a fine sponge. Then off the first firing - a slow bisque to cone 04, or a little over 1900*F which took about 24 hours to fully heat and cool. Once cool I hand stained each one-by-one, then bisque fired again quickly this time, which took a little over 12 hours. some I just stained with red iron oxide (just like what is used in soap). Others I layered with some low fire matte turquoise glaze to provide a patina. Here is a snap showing the glazing steps from freshly fired blank to fully glazed. First is the "blank". The second is the underglaze black used to fill in the recessed regions. Once dry, the black is wiped mostly off by the third step. The 4 th step is the application of the iron oxide. 5th is much of the excess iron oxide removed. The last is the glaze applied to some, but not all. The image is the club's logo turned into an unmounted rubber stamp at rubber stamps.net. I had several sizes made so we have the flexibility of just the head for pendants, a middle size for adding a logo onto mugs, plates, etc. and the large one for ornaments. The ornaments were packaged in a muslin bag stamped with the club logo. A little perfume vial of "Pine Ridge" essential oil blend was included, along with a description card. The back of the card thanked the guests for all they provide throughout the year. These are some of me of my favorite things to make. When I began rebranding I made a bunch of these in small pendant form to include with retail orders. You can use just about anything to create textures. During the holidays I use fondant stamp presses to make gingerbread men, snowflakes, mittens, etc.
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