Saturday, March 24, 2012
Custom Order for Hummingbirds
Today was an enameling session for a custom order of five hummingbirds. The customer sent us images of hummingbirds and let us play with the colors. We have our fingers crossed that they like what we came up with.
This is mom filing the last of the hummingbirds.
These are pendants that also need to be filed and sanded and then enameled.
These are pendants I will enamel tomorrow - ran out of steam and my feet are killing me. The pile of leaves will be patined instead of enameled.
These are the images I used to enamel the birds. Mom and I drew the outline of the birds and then drew the colors I would need to use to enamel the birds. This helped out a lot so I am not constantly running to the computer trying to remember what colors I need to use.
Now the reveal:
The five hummingbirds ready for the customer.
The colored enamels I used were: transparent elan gray on the chest/throat, black on the beak, tail and tips of the wings and transparent greens for the body.
The colored enamels I used were: transparent greens on the tips of the wings, tail and head, transparent turquoise on the throat, transparent purples for the body and black for the beak.
The colored enamels I used for this was: transparent greens for the head and tips of the wings, black on the tail and beak, flame red for the throat, and transparent oranges/yellows for the body.
The colored enamels I used were: black for the tips of the wings, the tail and beak and the rest of the body is just transparent turquoise.
The colored enamels I used were: transparent gray on the tips of the tail and wings, transparent greens for the head and body, transparent purples for the throat and part of the body and black for the beak.
I think that is it for tonight. I am pretty wiped out and all I have been doing is standing on my feet and putting a screen of pendants in the kiln, leave in for two minutes, take out of kiln, let it cool off, and do the process all over again until you done.
Tomorrow will be more enameling. Pretty soon mom and I are also going to have to start the inventory for our show in April. We have to use numbers the people sent us, so that means re-labeling all the inventory we are taking with us. Mom and I are becoming pretty good at labeling, relabeling, labeling, relabeling. I HATE INVENTORYING!!!
I guess I will leave you with that. Have a great night!