I mentioned earlier that I’d been doing some experiments on the Celtic Pony medallion over the summer. Not only did the poor guy turn pirate, but he got shrunk! Now he’s tiny. Really, really tiny! The original medallion (the cream-colored one in the first photo) is around 3 1/4″ across. The little guy there is 7/8″ across.
There’s also an intermediate one between these two which measures 1 5/8″, but he needed another coat of glaze so he’s not pictured here.
I still need to experiment a bit more. The intermediate piece was slip-cast, and it took the detail beautifully. But then the slip we use is designed to capture really fine detail well. The smallest one, however, was press-molded with moist clay. I need a finer clay than the one I used, because the coarser clay just doesn’t pick up the detail as well. There is actually a lot more detail in the mold of the tiny piece than the finished one shows!
My goal with these was to be able to use these guys as jewelry components. Wouldn’t a group of the little ones there make a cute bracelet?