|A slab of clay with a linocut plate of the same size, fitting six different snowflake designs on each slab...|
|The printing plate on top of the clay, ready to roll through the slab roller...|
|The plate is peeled off the clay...|
|And the printed slabs are placed on boards to dry a little bit...|
|And then each snowflake is cut by hand from the slabs while the clay is still damp.|
After this much, I'm out of the picture for a while. The snowflakes, after drying some more between flat boards to keep them from warping, get the edges smoothed by rubbing a damp sponge over them ever so carefully. They go in the kiln to be bisque fired (I think that's the term- Alexis, leave a comment to correct what I get wrong!), then get some of the beautiful crystaline glaze added to the smooth side of the snowflake, get fired again, and they're ready to go to their new homes!
|Here are all six finished snowflake designs. Each one has a lino cut image from me on one side, and Alexis' glaze on the other side. Their prices go by size: $10, $11, $14, $14, $17, and $22 plus tax. (Alexis' prices are slightly different as her prices include the tax)|
They are available here at Norton's Cove Studio, and also at Alexis Templeton Studio.