Many bead artists also love to draw. The iron oxide decals give us that creative opportunity.
For example, this pendant set was created by Marsha Neal Studio. The drawing designs on these pendants are her own drawings and are copyrighted by Marsha Neal Studio, LLC.
The original drawings on all our pieces are our unique fingerprint of creativity. In painting, as in writing, as soon as something is created there is the automatic assumption by the court system that it is also copyrighted. You can't copyright an idea but as soon as that idea is in a solid form of any kind, it is copyrighted. This is true whether it is done by an individual or whether one works for a design company. You can read more about that process here.
For example, this hand drawn one-of-a-kind dragonfly was drawn by Joan Miller of Joan Miller Porcelain. It has a wonderful playful quality. It is her unique rendering of a dragonfly.
It needs to be emphasized. Joan is not a machine. She doesn't have a staff of people making these one after another. She can only make so many of these in her lifetime. None of us do. That is one huge reason that these iron oxide designs are being so sought after.
Another thing I love about these iron oxide decals is that they can fire anywhere from a blackish brown to a rich dusky brown that almost mimics purple. However, a lovely sepia is the norm. The variations between firings are greatly enjoyed.
In order to produce these decals, equipment must be purchased: a laser printer which must utilize a certain amount of iron oxide. HP printers are recommended because of their large percentage of iron oxide in the ink. The other thing that must be used is a certain kind of decal paper. The decal paper comes in two types: ink jet and laser. The kind of paper that must be used for these iron oxide decals is laser paper because it must be put through a laser printer. If one was to print their design on ink jet paper, as soon as the design was fired in a kiln, it would just burn out much the same way pencil marks burn out on green or bisque ware.
It is expensive to get started and depending on the amount of decal paper, each sheet can costs as much or even more than $1.20. However, once everything is purchased, the imagination can run wild. I predict that when art historians look back on this time period that our iron oxide decals are going to be very collectable and sought after. Why? Because for the first time in history we have a way of putting design on pottery that has never been available to the average artist. It is extremely unique and I think Marsha has the right idea about including a copyright statement in her store. I'm going to start doing that as well.
Yolanda's Clay . Iron oxides are extremely versatile to work with in that you can put them on a colored glazed background. This piece here sits on a lovely blue background, it is a flower within a flower.
There is so much yet to experiment with in forms of this still new iron oxide media. I can't wait to see how this new art media will continue to develop over the next few years.
I have enjoyed working with iron oxide decals, too, and if you click here you can see some of my drawings. Thanks for stopping by and if you are a bead artist who has some iron oxide decals, be sure to leave a link in the comments so we can drop by and admire your creativity.
Posted by Natalie -- NKP Designs