When you want to give your piece of clothing a special finishing touch, you need to know where to find the perfect jewelry stone. Many people think that only diamond-studded items will work to get an exact match, but this is not the case. You can use ordinary jewelry-making stones to get the job done! It’s easy, and it will change your finished article in a way you’ll be happy to see. All you need is some basic equipment and a handful of jewelry-making stones. Check out this tutorial for everything you need to know about using jewels as etching material for jewelry making:
HOW TO USE JEWELRY STONES FOR COPPER POURING POTTERY
If you’re making copper-colored vessels, the whole idea of adding a stone to get a specific color is likely a silly notion. The turquoise in our earlier example would look quite nice in a copper vessel, but actually adding it to unglazed pottery would be an extreme mistake. Once you have the right type of stone, though, you can use it to its advantage. For example, if you have an earthenware piece that you want to use for a partial shell, you can use a shell crystal. If you want to create a really detailed piece such as a teardrop, you can use a drop crystal. The final option is to use a semi-precious stone like a topaz for a piece that is entirely finished with clear glass. When adding a stone to a piece of clear glass, use a semi-precious stone that is also very rare like tourmaline for a truly unique piece.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR EARTHENWARE
If you’re making earthenware, you’ll need a few pieces of equipment to help make your piece of earthenware. You’ll likely have an iron on hand, but if not, you’ll need some other type of heat source to complete the task. A propane torch is ideal for this, as is an ironing board or towel. When adding a stone to unglazed earthenware, you’ll also need a grinder or other type of tool to help you create the perfect texture. You could also use a food processor or coffee grinder to add texture to your piece. Another inexpensive tool that you can use to create the perfect texture is a hand grater. When it comes to selecting your ingredients for your earthenware piece, you should aim for as few materials as possible. In this example, we’ll be using fruits and vegetables as our main ingredients.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR COPPER POURING POTTERY
When you’re ready to begin, you’ll need to select the right type of clay for your project. If you want your piece to be completely earthenware, you can use any type of clay, but for a more realistic look, you should use earthenware clay. If you have chosen to go with an earthenware piece, that means you’ll also need to select an earthenware glaze. When it comes to your clay, you’ll want to make sure it is heavy enough to glue together, but not so heavy that it becomes difficult to handle. Some people use a softer type of clay, but we recommend keeping it earthenware-friendly as this will make it much easier to glaze and pour. The ideal clay for your project is probably already set in stone, but if you want to be thorough, you can also select your clay by the weight. A lighter clay for your project will be much easier to work with, and Gloss Clay is the perfect example of this.
Etching is a technique used to add designs and patterns to items such as glass, porcelain, china, and metal. The techniques used in earthenware are very similar, so if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making earthenware, this article should provide the information you need to get started. Just remember, you’ll need to select the right type of stone and use it to create the beautiful patterns you desire.