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Necklace made with a cray

As I shown on the YouTube video, we made a necklace with the pottery cray.
If necklace parts are made with pottery cray, that will cause for the stiff neck for the person who ware it.
Therefore, the cray balls should be made as lighter as possible as its could. A dye was made with small toy rubber balls with using the plaster. In this way, we can make the necklace ball of the cavity.

With this method, we can make wall as thinner as few millimeters. After making a thin cray slab and use the dye to make hollow balls. Three sizes of the cray ball were made.
After the fire, the final necklace assembly were done by my pottery class mate Yokko-san.

Final necklace work after the fire

With this method, we can make wall as thinner as few millimeters. After making a thin cray slab and use the dye to make hollow balls. Three sizes of the cray ball were made.
After the fire, the final necklace assembly were done by my pottery class mate Yokko-san.

Three balls are used with this necklace. “Seiji” blue, “Kuro-tenmoku” black glaze, and “Nyuhaku” a milky white glaze
The black ball in the center has many holes on it. I remove a lot of cray by the drill bit to further reduce the weight.

Final necklace works Gallery after the fire

Hints on the fire

Glaze was applied on the entire parts which creates a problem on how to fire. They can’t fire on the kiln shelves.

An ordinarily metal wire will melt down with the high-temperature of 1300 degree in centigrade. Thus, a special kiln wire must be use. A high-temperature resistance wire is sold in pottery shop. It is not too expensive. In Japan, about 30cm length of the wire is sold under 5oo yen (about 4 U.S. dollar).

I suggest that three “tsuku” is used to bridge and support the weight so that the wire does not bent by the heat.

Also, you’d better off coat the wire with alumina, this will enable you to remove the part from the wire easily even if it would be attached to the wire by melting glaze.

Summary

The technical part of how to make a plaster dye and cray balls are not explained in this article.

Please watch my YouTube video. Access to YouTube Make a Pottery Neckless

Good Luck!