Thursday, October 02, 2008

Keum Boo revision

I wasn't happy with the random placement of gold on the shield pendant, so I put it back through the kiln for 5 minutes at 1350. It came out looking white again, like freshly sintered metal clay. All liver of sulfur (LOS) black was gone. The gold was still present, which surprised me.

So I decided to add more gold. I fished out all my little bits and pieces and set about patchworking together the surface. Now I have it pretty much covered, with a few small silver spots that became more obvious after dunking in LOS again. I'm still not really happy with it, since I think it's too much gold. The imagery is obscured. If I'd left it silver I would be able to patina and polish the highlights to bring out the image. I thought one of the charms of the random gold would be multiple layers in places and therefore different colors of gold after the patina soaked through. If you look closely it's there but not overly attractive.

So now I must decide: leave it as is, refire and fix the few bare spots, or refire hot enough to remove the gold from the surface. ??


  1. Anonymous7:58 AM

    I think it's beautiful as is. The texture is very subtle and I really like the way the precision of the bezel counteracts the roughness of the gold interior. That being said, I think it would also look wonderful if you removed a portion of the gold.

  2. This much gold doesn;t add anything to the design and actually stops my eye from roving around the piece. it feels very static to me. I'd re fire to 1650 for 10 and just patina over the result.

    Or you can take some sandpaper to it and try to remove a bit of the gold. Might give it an ancient, distressed feeling. It's a thin layer of gold, so even though it's diffused into the metal, you should be able to abrade it a bit.

  3. I like Lora's idea and think you should sand it down until the pattern shows the silver on the high spots between the gold and then patina. I like sticking my fat nose in here Vickie!