The process of making ceramic jewellery begins with sketches on paper; a rough draft of what the finished product will look like.
The clay or porcelain is then evenly rolled out to the desired thinness. Textures are used (we won't tell you with what to keep our design secrets a secret!) to imprint the clay with an appealing design.
The clay is then cut into shapes, holes are added, and edges are smoothed. The clay is left to air dry completely.
When the clay is bone dry, it is stacked, placed in the kiln and fired to 1300 degrees Celsius (~2300F). After firing for several hours (typically 8 hours), the kiln must be adequately cooled (typically 6-8 hours) before the pieces can be removed to prevent cracking. The pieces are then separated and sorted into groups for glazing.
Glazes are painted on three times per colour, to create an even colouring. This means that the colours we use will never be used by anyone else as our combinations are unique to us. The pieces are fired once more at 1300 degrees Celsius in a single layer to prevent the items from fusing together. After the second cooling process, we occasionally add gold lustre. Gold lustre is particles of real gold suspended in a liquid medium. When the piece goes through the firing process, the organic binder is burned off and what remains is pure gold that cannot be scratched off (we've tried). In other instances, we have used gold, rose gold or silver metal leaf to certain pieces and then cover them with 3 layers of varnish.
The pieces are now ready to be made into jewellery by adding jewellery fixtures such as chains and earring hooks. This part of the process is Larra's favourite part. She aligns all of the ceramic pieces together like a puzzle and begins assembling them with gold or silver jump rings. We also often add fun and trendy attachments made of brass or other metals to our jewellery.