about scratch foam here, if you'd like to learn more). I cut the foam out in the shape I wanted the pendants to be and then glued a cork on the back to use as a handle to press into the clay.
I made a silicone mold of one of the Oaxacan acorns. Then I attached the molded clay acorns to the leaf pendants and added the little wire loops. The wire is made of a special metal that won't melt in the extreme heat of the kiln.
I let the clay dry for about 24 hours and then used a damp sponge to smooth any rough spots and to round the edges. The pendants were then fired in the kiln to about 1915 F (1046 C).
After the pendants were fired, I glazed them in rich autumn colors. I wanted deeply saturated fall colors, so sometimes I mixed 2-3 commercial colors together in order to arrive at the exact palette I was looking for. All the pendants received 2-3 coats of glaze; front and back.
The colors always look so pale and chalky before they are fired. The heat transforms them and it is always a thrill to see what they look like after the second firing!
Once the glaze was dry, the pendants were carefully hung from rods in the kiln. If any of the glazed pieces are touching, they will fuse together during firing.
The kiln was then reassembled, enclosing the pendants and they were again fired; this time to 2185 F (1196 C).
The result? Take a look! Two of these pendants are available in my shop now, with more coming later this month.