Thursday, June 11, 2015
Glaze Test Palettes
I'm ready to glaze my fairy sheep and dragon shepherdess, but this time I'm going to try to be smart! I been disappointed so many times in the past relying on color swatches on websites. So this time I decided to create color sample tiles specifically for this project.
First I identified possibilities from color swatches on websites. Then I made 5" (so they'd fit in my small kiln) tiles from the clays that I actually used for the sculpture. The base color of the clay really does affect the look of the glaze. So I have three tiles - one (white) for the sheep, one (desert buff) for the dragon, and one (desert buff) for the cottage. I stamped the color names,of the glazes and the clay into the tiles with my alphabet stamps then bisque fired, glazed, and final fired the tiles. From these actual samples - fired on my clay with my glazes in my kiln - should give me a much better idea of what I'll get.