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Unfinished Mask by illmatar Unfinished Mask by illmatar
Looking for opinions here folks....

When I made this mask the plan was to leave certain areas un-glazed so I could stain them with something matte...  I had three plans...  tea or coffee (Yeah...you can do that), or India ink.  I figured if the coffee/tea didn't look good I could always do the ink over them, because black wins.

....  Now that I've got 'er fired though I sort of like the white.  If I destroy it there's no going back. 

If it helps the ultimate plan is to use some of the ungodly amounts of copper scrap wire as well as some of my gold and red jewelry wire to make a twisted headdress....perhaps with some beads or dichroic glass worked in. 

Any thoughts?  Heaven knows I have few enough thoughts...I was hoping to borrow some of yours.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Could go super hardcore and use blood (IDK whose blood, but someone's). Starts out red and turns a rusty brown as it dries, ages and oxidizes.

Personally I like it the way it is now, with the white.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Heh.  You should know better than to give me these kinds of ideas. 

I like the white too, which surprises me.  We all know I'm into black.  Still thinking about it.  I had no real plans for this mask...it was my annual "show the 4th graders how" project, but I thought of using my wax resist squeezy bottles with glaze instead.  I wanted to see if it would work.  The glazes I give the kids are very thick and gritty most of the time and they glop up on even the smallest brushes.  Most of my 9 yr olds don't have  the patience to do a good job with the details and the ones that do never finish in time for the art show.  :/  It came out better than I expected.  I laughed my evil laugh in class when it came out of the kiln and scared my art club kids.  :XD:  They shouldn't complain.  I was so happy with the results they are getting to glaze real coffee mugs next year.
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mamabot Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
I saw someone use tea as a dye for fabric once.  I was pretty impressed.

And there is an artist here who water colors with coffee (beautiful Prowl).  So that's a pretty cool idea to use it on ceramic too.

Maybe use tea BAGS or coffee GROUNDS as texture for another project?
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
If I end up doing it, I'll probably brew strong coffee, put it in a microwave and let ti concentrate...THEN I'll put a tea bag in it to get it good and strong.

I've used it as stain before, but you can't do too much with the leaves/grounds because they attract bugs.
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mamabot Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
ewww bugs, baddddd!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Exactly. 
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
I like it as is. Leaving it white gives it a warm feeling and I think black wouldn't work especially once the headdress is placed on it.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
LOL.   See?  I'm leaning towards the black so the colors pop....  Sigh.   This is why I hesitate.
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
I say go with your gut.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
:)  Thanks.
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