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  1. porcelain shoes

    Hi Guys, I am in the process of making baby gifts for my business and I want to make porcelain shoes by dipping baby shoes in porcelain slip. Has anyone tried something like this before? If so do you have any advice on how best to do this? I'd really appreciate any help my idea. Thanks madeleine
  2. Paper Clay

    I work only with paper clay, I make my bucket of porcelain slip then I add cheap (the cheapest i can find) toilet paper. I blend it with boiling water and a hand mixer and had it to the slip, you can play about with the amount to add to the slip. I pour it over plaster bats to create paper thin sheets. I only make enough to do me for a few days. Also there is a supplier that makes flax paper clay and it had a chemical added to it to stop it forming mould. Also if i dry out my paper clay sheets they will last for years with out mould forming. (I had a lot of dried paper clay from uni and 3 years later it was perfect to use again). I hope this helps...good luck
  3. How much would a 10kilo bag of porcelain weigh after it has been fired, would the fired weight be more or less than the wet clay?? Thanks
  4. hi guys, I've got lots of great tips on my decal probelms, I have also heard that polishing my porcelain before I apply decals will help. Does anyone know the best way to do this? I read somewhere than a fine grade sandpaper can give great results. My porcelain is bisque fired to 1300 degrees centigrade and I am applying my decals to unglazed wares. I'd really appreciate any advise you could give me x
  5. can anyone help me with ceramic decals

    Yes, I went through the whole photo silkscreen printing process, alsothe images were only in black and white.
  6. can anyone help me with ceramic decals

    I may need to start glazing my pieces, I am wasting so much porcelain experimenting with this issue. I dont understand what you mean by screening the images? Do you mean screen printing the images myself? yes I screen printed all my decal images for my university degree show, its a very time consuming process and the quality of the image was never as good as the commerical decal printers.
  7. Porcelain firing curve

    hi, I fire my porcelain straight up to 1300 as it flattens out my pieces. I use paper clay sheets to cut my tiles and I have started placing the "off cuts" of the paper clay sheet around the edges of my porcelain tiles to flatten them while drying and it works very well. I don't have any experience of firing porcelain pots....sorry.
  8. can anyone help me with ceramic decals

    Hello...I have a ceramic decal business and we produce full color decals. The problem you are experiencing results from you applying a decal to an unglazed surface. Decals can be fired on an unglazed surface; however there is a specific process that has to be adhered to. 1) - Clean greenware as normal. 2) - Prepare a solution of ½ water and ½ white hobby glue (e.g. Elmer's glue or equal). Or, use APT-Il Ceramic Enhancer straight out of the bottle (an excellent product). 3) - Sponge or brush on two thin, even coats of either solution onto the area where the decal is to be applied. Allow to dry between each coat. 4) - Apply a third coat and put decal in water so that it will be ready to apply (see "APPLICATION" Section). 5) - Before the third coat is dry (i.e.,while it is still a little tacky), apply decal to prepared area. 6) - Carefully blot decal with a paper towel or cloth to remove bubbles and smooth out decal. Do not squeegee. 7) - Allow to dry for 24 hours. 8) - Fire with your next greenware firing (cone 04-06). 9) - Spray a matte or gloss sealer to protect from being see http://www.beldecal.com/how_to.cfm This process sounds very interesting, do you think it would work on porcelain bisque fired to 1300? What is the matt sealer you refere to? is it something I spray on the finished fired piece?
  9. can anyone help me with ceramic decals

    I may need to start glazing my pieces, I am wasting so much porcelain experimenting with this issue. I dont understand what you mean by screening the images? Do you mean screen printing the images myself?
  10. can anyone help me with ceramic decals

    Thanks guys for the great advise!! The problem is my porcelain tiles are fired straight up to 1300, I dont bisque fire, so the surface is very hard. I like the sound of underglaze decals, meaning I won't have to do an extra firing, if I decide to glaze my pieces. I also read that polishing the porcelain before applying the decals can help.
  11. I am firing ceramic decals onto unglazed, flat porcelain sheets. I am having a lot of trouble getting the decal to fuse to the porcelain there are a lot of imperfections and holes. Has anyone else experienced this problem or has any tips of advise?? Thanks
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