Hello....... I'm home again after having a wonderful weekend at FolkEast even at I festival I found time for a little bit of crafting. There were so many different crafts to try there, from felting to ceramics and they had a wonderful crochet tent, more on that another time but in the end I opted to make a ceramic star. It really is amazing what you can make in a field.
There were lots of different clay shapes to choose from hearts to shells and leaves but I picked a cute little star, that I could hang on my blossom tree at home.
Please ignore my day three festival hair.
There were several glazes to choose from, giving various effects I selected one containing copper which would either give a metallic effect or a blue/green colour depending on how it reacted when fired. I also added a different glaze to the decorative pattern on the star.
Then you'll never guess!!
But yes, the Potter popped it into a microwave and heated it for about ten minutes until it was glowing bright orange, so hot at about 1000 degrees, bet you didn't know a microwave could do that.!!
After that it was popped into a tin containing sawdust which smoked and burnt for a while until it was covered over to cool. While I waited in anticipation not knowing how it would turn out would it be green would it be metallic would it have all gone horribly wrong, it took about ten minutes to cool, and then it came out of the sawdust all blacken but definitely still a star yippee
Then all that was needed was a bit of a wash off and a polish up with some wire wool
and Ta-Dah one metallic Star,
I think it turned out well mostly copper with a little petrol like effect in places, I was one happy customer, and all for the price of £5.00, if I'd bought a premade one it would have been £3.50 so I think that's pretty good as it was so great to make my very own.
So if you go to a festival or craft fair and they are offering this craft I'd say go for it.
Here's my little Festival Star back home hanging on my blossom tree, such a great memento of a wonderful weekend and so great to have something I actually made.
More from the festival next time and my do I have some wonderful yarn bombing and music to share with you all.
Linking up with 'Keep Calm Craft on'