Raku Fired Spiral Shawl Pins
Each of these pieces are made by hand including the metal spiral. Each has two different ceramic cabs...one is always a raku bit in our Foggy Dew glaze and one with additional color added, so by reversing the pin you get two looks in one piece. Even though we carefully fire each piece in the same manner, variation occurs and gives unique qualities to the piece.
The post firing manipulation of the surface of the pieces is a hallmark of LickinFlames. The shawl pin takes several weeks to dry and then the finishing can take place. After the shawl pins are removed from the kiln (while still hot at approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit) they are placed in a combustible material which uses up the available oxygen and changes the chemical surfaces of the pieces and thus the color. Each is cooled, washed, dried and an appropriate brass spiral (also made by LickinFlames) is chosen to finish the piece. Each piece is approximately 3 inches in diameter.
Remember that because of the handmade nature of the brooch, some variations should be expected. The pieces shown in the pictures are only examples and are not the pieces that will be sent. 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.