Enamelled Clocks with Decals

Making time – Inspiration, Procrastination and Decals

Julie Rattray

The articles by Kathleen Kay in the GOE magazine always inspire me. The Autumn 2010 magazine contained Kathleen’s article “Making time - special gifts for Christmas” outlining the making of enamelled clocks, and as the article stated “by starting now several could be completed by Christmas”. Those Christmas shopping dilemmas had been solved, I would make all of my relatives and colleagues enamelled clocks for Christmas (ten in total). I was inspired. I pondered colours, considered swirling and deliberated sifting. The seed had been planted – although there was little evidence of immediate action.

In November a small selection of sample decals and instructions arrived courtesy of Tilly Wilkinson. Distracted by the arrival of the decals I very briefly experimented and produced one Rudolf the reindeer decal Christmas tree decoration on a copper disc. I was moderately impressed. Still no clocks – however my ideas were evolving.

By early December I realised that time was running out and that I would be unable to fulfil my initial plans especially if I was going to be swirling, sifting and wet-laying all of those small squares. However my limited success with the reindeer decal convinced me that I could make decal clocks. I opted to go for 100mm one piece round or square clocks, the size limited by kiln. I would use all those opaque enamels that were sitting gathering dust on my shelves, and I would customise with different decals. I love when a plan comes together.

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