Black Faced Ram Kabob
Our handmade clay shawl buttons are individually decorated which makes each a unique item. Even though we carefully fire each piece in the same manner, variation occurs and gives unique qualities to the piece. The piece in the photograph is very similar to the one you would receive.
My my my...what shy little sheep we have. Apparently, the recent shearing has created an embarrassing situation for the sheep and they won't let us ship them until the fleece grows out a bit. We've been monitoring the length and estimate mid-September for their availability.
Why did we call them "Kabobs?" Well, it's related to how they are made. We use a expanded metal tray when we fired them. When the trays are put into the post firing buckets of newspaper, the trays often leaves "grill marks" on the back of the piece...like we BBQed them...Jim's perculiar sense of humor through "Kabobs" and he's stickin' by the story.
These unique versions of our Shawl Pin Family were designed for use with fibers that might not be able support the larger versions (both Large Shawl Pins and Small Shawl Pins), alpaca and lace weight yarns for examples. While we call the item a Shawl Button, it can be used as a ornament for a sweater or a hat adornment and some have used it in their hair.
The colors and iridescence on the individual pieces are a hallmark of LickinFlames. The shawl buttons takes several weeks to dry and then the finishing can take place. When the shawl buttons are removed from the kiln and cooled, each is washed, dried and a double pronged clip is added to finish the piece. approx. 1 3/8 x 3 1/4 inches long
To read more about the Raku technique used to make this piece, click here.
Remember that because of the handmade nature of the brooch, some variations should be expected. The quality is always the same standard that LickinFlames is known for, but some variations in color, design element placement and decoration patterns needs to be allowed. We know you will love the piece that is shipped.