The blue crab barrette is hand pressed into cobalt blue glaze over incised ceramic, backed with a sturdy clip to secure your tresses. Celebrate the beach and bay all year long. Or you can request the fish barrette-just note it in your order. Either is a perfect gift for any mermaid. But trust me, if you do keep one for yourself, it will become your go to.
Pressed & painted Blue Crab Barrette
I made a series of stamps by incising, adding bits and carving clay to make a reverse image. These come in handy as I cut out each barrette, pressing it into different clay reliefs that I have used for other projects. Next I use my smaller stamps to further detail each rectangle of clay. The edges must be smoothed, before I place each carefully over a dowel, weighing down either edge so a gentle curve is created. Each blue crab barrette must fit the metal structure of the sturdy clip made in France.
After firing to bisque, so the clay hardens to a durable material, I begin the coloring process. The raised relief and incised areas will add interest to the surface of the barrette as the glazes flow. I use a mix of under glazes which do not flow, staying where they are placed and flow glazes. The flow glazes accent the hills and valleys of the pattern.
I kept a blue crab barrette which is employed nearly every other day. It holds my thick hair back very nicely. If I just want to gather a few wisps to gather the hair from falling in my face, it does that perfectly as well. The french clips are very well made. Feel free to give your barrette a work out. I make them to last.
Each barrette will vary a bit in size colors and patterning as I make them each individually. They average about 3″ wide by 1.5 wide. Each comes with a nice tag and is signed by me:).
If you are a fan of blue crabs or mermaids, you may order this image in any of my products from pendants or clocks to gift cards or a car art sticker.