Friday, November 28, 2008

While finding those image, I revisited the array of toggles that were made back in May of 2007, at this time I was playing with texture - and texturizing the barrel of the toggle as well as the complementing rings.
For those of you who aren't familiar with toggles, they're made like beads - but it's a two part process - involving making/annealing/cleaning the rings one day - then putting them into a cold kiln and brought up to working temperature. While this is happening - you create a long bead barrel with one tall disk at one end... while it needs to be hot enough not to crack, yet cool enough not to have the rings stick to it, you carefully retrieve the rings from the hot kiln and slide them onto the barrel and quickly make the other end disk. Try to gently warm it a bit - then tuck it into the kiln.

2 comments:

Christine said...

Gosh, I love the toggles so much! I'm thinking about trying them, but I don't think my Hothead and my Hotbox kiln are up to the task. Still, I've sculpted flowers, so maybe...

Thanks for the inspiration!

jan said...

One of those looks might familar... like I've seen it lately. The other looks like I'd like to see it more often. Maybe a command performance or by special invitation? Love that pink!