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  1. Great topic and something we all seem to use as we adapt tools. I use tarpaper for templates and for extra structure when I'm building something with soft slabs that would other wise need leather hard slabs. A half wooden egg on the inside and a big wooden spoon on the outside are great for thinning, compressing, shaping and smoothing coiled pots, in fact wooden spoons are one of my favourite tools, especially the ones that are flat on the back as they make excellent paddles. I use Tim Hortons cardboard take out cups to true small round shapes like mugs and tumblers and have cut one diagonally to use as a template. Another favourite tool is a rubber mallet for pounding a piece of clay to thin it for rolling. I also have a silicone kitchen rolling pin, slats in different thicknesses and heavy construction plastic as my poor man's slab roller. I haunt used goods stores as I have picked up wonderful things to re-purpose as tools as well as hand made pottery that needs to be appreciated and used again.
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  3. I bought a bunch of molds at an auction and alter them all the time. You can sand them off and carve in line designs, giving you the shape with your own designs on it. I carve large flat surfaces and work a soft slab into them giving me tiles with a raised design . You can also make small carvings, lay a porcelain slab onto the carvings and use for jewelry or sprigs. You do need to wear a mask when you sand and carve the plaster and wash the plaster off the mold and let it dry before you use it. Just be very careful not to inhale the plaster dust and keep it away from your clay.
  4. Coloring Wax Resists?

    I'm afraid I'm not Greek Chris, just learning to use Soho Launch! It shows up in english on Firefox but I had to switch to Explorer for another program and just found out about my error. I was wondering what I was getting so learning it is Greek should help me fix it, I hope.
  5. Coloring Wax Resists?

    I've been doing this by combining black mason stain with cold wax. It's a good way to separate glazes and I'm attaching a couple of pics. I'm very interested in your results as well. There is actually a name for this technique but can't remember it right now. Kathy Ransom http://throughfire.ca/
  6. I've also been looking for a way to combine clay and glass and with research came up with a couple of things. I taught a kid's class a year ago and we made Christmas ornaments with cone 6 white clay. We cut out shapes, I had the kids form depressions on the front of their shapes and we added small scraps of stained glass in the depression (a parent helper did this as the child choose the color, glass edges were sharp and kids didn't touch). After I added clear glaze, we single fired the ornaments to cone 6 and the kids loved them. Before I rediscovered clay, I was working in stained glass using copper foil so had a lot of glass supplies around. I carved the cross in the center and surrounded it with glass as a gift for a friend. Kathy Ransom http://throughfire.ca/