CraftNGiftCreations

HAND PAINTED CERAMIC GIFTS AND HANDMADE BEADED JEWELRY

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania | 103 Sales

CraftNGiftCreations

HAND PAINTED CERAMIC GIFTS AND HANDMADE BEADED JEWELRY

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania 103 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (45)

Announcement   Welcome! My shop offers hand painted ceramics and handmade jewelry in stainless steel, brass, copper, and niobium. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Have a great day!

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 14, 2018

Welcome! My shop offers hand painted ceramics and handmade jewelry in stainless steel, brass, copper, and niobium. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Have a great day!

Susan

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Susan

About

Love to create

Hi, my name is Susan, I've been painting ceramics since I was a child. Our local fire hall used to have ceramic classes once a week that I would attend and paint something to give to my grandmother. Being an avid animal lover, my favorite things to paint are animal characters and wildlife, I love bringing to life that plain white ceramic piece of bisque.
My love for creating jewelry began when I met my husband and he taught me how to make earrings, from that point on I was hooked, not just on him but by making things by hand. I never tire of making jewelry with so many beautiful beads available, but I would have to say my favorites to work with are the Lampwork Glass Beads due to their artistic beauty and the Swarovski and Czech Crystals for their color and sparkle brilliance. My favorite pieces of jewelry to make are bracelets, as these allow for more creativity.
I hope you enjoy my ceramics and jewelry as much as I have had making them.
Thanks for stopping by and as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Making Ceramics
I met a shop owner back in the 90's that taught me how to pour ceramics and fire a kiln.

Molds
Molds are made of plaster of paris and there are many different mold manufacturing companies. Ceramic molds are also and more appropriately called slip casting molds. They are usually 2 pieces or more unless some, like ornaments or magnets that are only 1 piece molds.

Slip
Slip is liquid clay that is poured into the mold, the plaster mold begins to absorb the water and the clay platelets begin to stick to the sides of the mold. This creates the shell that will ultimately form your finished item. The longer you leave the slip in the mold, the more water that will be drawn out and the thicker the shell will be. When the shell is as thick as you want it, you then drain off the excess slip and you are left with a hollow item.

Greenware
This is the term used to refer to your ceramic piece after it is removed from the mold and is an unfired ceramic.

Cleaning Greenware
Removing seams, replacing details, cutting out holes for lights and so on. Prepping your ceramic piece to be fired.

Kiln Firing
This is the process of heating the greenware to a specific temperature in order to bring about a particular change in the clay.

Bisque
The term bisque refers to ceramic ware that has been fired once without glaze. Now you are ready for paint!

My Thoughts
Ceramic making is a labor of love. It is both time consuming, dusty and messy. You can easily spend 12-14 hours a day painting a ceramic piece, only to have to continue painting the following day to complete it. Most of the painting I do is called dry brushing, which is a technique of gradually building up the color to get the desired effect. I always admire other fellow ceramists as I know the time and processes that they took to create that beautiful ceramic piece.

Shop members

  • Susan

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    My name is Susan and I enjoy crafts of all kinds. All of the ceramics are hand poured ,cleaned, fired and painted by me. My jewelry line features hypoallergenic stainless steel, niobium, and brass for those with metal sensitivities.

  • Char

    Moral Support

    My beloved husband, who has always supported me

Shop policies

Last updated on December 8, 2016
Welcome and thanks for stopping by! My shop features hand painted ceramics and stainless steel jewelry for those with sensitivities

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns accepted within 15 days upon delivery confirmation
Item must be returned in same condition as shipped.
Shipping cost is non refundable on returned items
Buyer pays return shipping cost.
Damaged Items- Items damaged in shipping should be reported to me as soon as possible. Do not ship damaged items back to me as this voids the insurance. Most of the time I just need pictures of the damaged item and it's packaging, but I may need you to take the item and the packaging to your local post office to be inspected. You agree to this when placing an order.
To process a speedy refund please assist me by keeping all items including all packaging material for the insurance claim.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you have a problem with your order so we can correct this promptly.
No refunds will be given for incorrect shipping addresses. Please verify your address is correct when placing your order.
Payment
Payments through Paypal or Credit and Debit Cards Through Direct Checkout
Pennsylvania residents please add 6% sales tax
Shipping
Ceramics-Shipping through USPS Priority Mail includes insurance or USPS First Class Mail for items weighing under a pound. Some of the larger items can be shipped USPS Parcel Select due to their size and weight.
Jewelry- Shipping through USPS First Class Mail or Priority Mail.
Choose shipping at checkout.
All orders will have a tracking number provided.
Additional policies and FAQs
All ceramics are shipped double boxed wrapped in bubble wrap and peanuts.
Jewelry ships in a jewelry gift box inside a bubble mailer envelope.