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  1. New To Slipcasting

    Thanks will do more research but sounds like in the long run powder form might be best. Thomas
  2. New To Slipcasting

    Hi thanks for the comments. It is a premixed dry clay body that I'm looking at as an alternative to buying it in. I am based in Ireland so do everything in Kilos but I was told that 1 ton of powdered body should produce about 1.3 tonnes of slip. Does this sound about right? Also, could all the shavings and slop from the thrown ware be thrown into the blunger to recycle as slip or could this cause me problems (it is the same clay body). I may be overly optimistic about sales so if I was only doing about 100 pieces a week would you still go with making it yourself? Sorry for all the questions but want to try and get it right from the start and a new 15gal blunger with stand here is going to cost me over €2000. Thanks
  3. New To Slipcasting

    Hi all, My first post so be gentle. I have been a full time potter for about 20 years but up to now all of my work has been mostly wheel based. I am now working on a new range that will be a combination of wheel thrown and slip cast pieces. Up to now I have bought small quantities of pre made slip to just test things out. I will soon need to scale this up so need to decide if I should continue to buy slip in the liquid form or should I begin to buy the powdered clay and a blunger to start producing my own slip. I have talked to a few people and have arguments from both sides. Some say only a hobbyist would buy the liquid form others saying the savings are not worth the hassle of making it yourself. Initially I am talking about producing maybe 200-250 pieces a week this way but this will probably increase as more cast pieces are added to the range. So, any thoughts as to which method is more practicle/cost efficent/easier etc Would appreciate any input Thanks Thomas