Front to Back and the Ott light

I stayed up late on Thursday night to finish a few pieces with gold keum-boo for the Alone Moose Gallery reception on Friday. I made them in honor of seeing Jayne Redman from whom I learned the gold to silver bonding technique. It also gave me a chance to try out the Ott light (full spectrum) for taking photos at night. I usually use natural light coming in through my dining room window, or if I’m really stuck at night I will take photos under my kitchen fluorescent lights and try to Photoshop them into something I can live with.

The hollow formed pendant below is reversible. This was the first time I fired a natural moonstone in a piece. Lab grown stones, set in place before firing, will usually withstand the high temperatures needed for precious metal clay. Natural stones are less predictable. I already knew that sunstones fired beautifully. The moonstones were worth a try since they are also in the feldspar family. I used the auto program setting on my kiln for a slow firing of PMC+.



As for the simulated citrines in the earrings below, I like the idea of the setting, but the color is unremarkable. I think it faded a little with the firing. Green stones are funny when it comes to high heat.


Trying to make the backs more interesting…….


(I hope that’s a poppy seed and not a tick or a flea!)   I have a second smaller clamp on Ott light to use with the floor lamp. I’ll try it the next  time I set up my table top photo cube to take photos, when I am not in a hurry or bleary from lack of sleep.  But, especially for a rush job, I was happy with the quality of the new light.


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2 responses to “Front to Back and the Ott light

  1. holly

    oh, very nice!!!!
    i love those earrings! did you get those stones in chicago? i think the “new” color is lovely with the gold….
    sunday+6 kids in house=studio time!!!!!


  2. fernald244

    Thanks Holly!
    I actually got the stones at Purdue 3 years ago. Wish I had more of that shape. I never looked for them in Chicago, b/c I only just figured out how I wanted to use them. Many studio days this week for me with a craft show in N.E. Harbor coming up on the 13th, 14th, and 15th this month. Have fun today. I’ll look for a post on you blog!


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