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Deae Lunae by bigponymac Deae Lunae by bigponymac
Latin title because I could. :P

I took a HUGE gamble and decided to glaze Luna instead of simply painting her. Why did I glaze instead of paint? Because I knew this piece would be 10x more beautiful if I nailed the glazing versus if I painted it. Now the results were...not what I expected, to say the least, but I'm still excited with how she turned out.

All of the imperfections, cracks, and discoloration make it seem like this sculpture has been sitting around for hundreds of years. Maybe it looks like a piece that came straight out of the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters? Who knows?

I know I'm going to get some flak about the colors not being right. I tried my best to pick glazes close to the original colors. I didn't have much to choose from. I also messed up and used the wrong white when I made my mix for her hair. I was supposed to use a 2:1 of Leech White and Royal Blue but used Frosty White instead. It doesn't have a very glossy finish like the Leech. It's finish is somewhere between glossy and matte. I'm making a note of that for next time.

All of the cracks formed during the hard fire. They really couldn't be prevented. Cracks come from the clay shrinking during the firing process. I wasn't expecting that big one to happen in the back of her mane. It's fixable, but it wouldn't look right because it be very hard to mix paint up to match the glaze. I'm going to leave it as is because I feel it gives the piece some character and uniqueness.

I hope everyone can look past all the imperfections and look at this with an open mind. No she's not perfect, but that's what makes her interesting and charming in my eyes.

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And here's some glazing pros and cons from my own experience for those of you into sculpting/ceramics. (I know there's a couple of you out there)

Pros:
-Makes pieces stronger
-Most glazes are safe to eat off/drink from (pottery/ceramics)
-adds interesting textures, patterns, and colorations to the piece

Cons:
-A lot of detail is lost
-It's hard to know exactly how the glazes are going to turn out in the fire
-Glazes are hard to control. Some have the tendency to run and mix with other glazes when fired leaving unexpected results.
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BespectacledSloth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I both loved and hated working with glaze when I had my ceramics class this past year. I was typically very good about getting the colours spot-on, but I always had issues when it came to layer colours. For instance, I made an octopus stand holding a coral bowl and the coral [bowl] and the purple [octopus] came out perfect, just like I wanted, but then i tried to get fancy and add some brushstrokes of lighter or brighter colours from those same areas of the colour spectrum to each, and they just faded into the main colours and killed it BC
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, that must have been disheartening. That's how I felt when this one didn't turn out exactly how I wanted.

From my experience I've found that glazing isn't the greatest idea for detailed sculptures. It's good for simpler things like cups, bowls, plates, etc. and simple, more abstract sculptures.

Out of all the sculptures I've glazed, only three have come out exactly how I had imagined. Glazing is a very hit or miss process. Though I wonder if low-fire glazes are more predictable than their high-fire counterparts. I've only had experience with the high-fire ones.
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MadameLeFl0ur Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Love it. That hollowed pupil works really well to give the eyes life. The glaze seems to have stayed where it should be because the contours are sharp and fine.

As a ceramist I understand that "to glaze or not to glaze"-problem all to well. When I do (rarely) glaze my stuff I often stow the things away for some time and return to them later with an open mind and then I can see the whole picture instead of nag about details. I wish I was a little more experimental and had more patient with glaze though.
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I was really surprised that the glazes didn't run on me. I've had problems with that in the past but these specific colors seem to stay where I put them.

I'm still not exactly sure why I made the decision to glaze this one. I kinda wish I didn't but then again I love how it gave the piece a little character.

I'm currently doing another Luna bust and I'm going to do some things differently with it. For example, I'm actually not going to hollow out the pupils this time. Instead I'm going to paint them normally and hit them with a clearcoat to try to emulate natural eye highlights.

Thanks for the comment!
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L-D-Sayo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Character.
That's definitely the first word that comes to mind!
And actually, the coloring looks more like the 'Luna' from the opening story!
Amazing work!
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gear9242 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
To be honest, I kind of miss the old Luna mane. But! New Luna is awesome.
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Haissan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
she looks wunderbar
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xT-Robx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
it looks great. So what do you so with all of these? Do you just have sculptures everywhere?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty much. lol
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I'm sorry things didn't go right with the glazing, and especially with all the cracking. On the bright side, in this case I think the hollowed out pupil works beautifully, and I still love the carefully crafted eyelashes for extra cuteness. But like you say, it looks ancient and weathered.

Did you use the IO wash on her? Perhaps Orangestone's grain size is simply too much for getting subtle and smooth effects...?
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