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    Cone 6, gas and electric, thrown pottery
    Large welded sculpture from scrap metal
  1. Yes, as soon as I do a glaze firing.... which will be a while.
  2. I tried most of the suggestions that were offered. By far the most effective was the suspender that Glaze Nerd sent me. It works far better than the bentonite that I had been using. Even with very thick layers of Lalone Crawl, the glaze remained solidly fastened to the bisque and just developed the fine cracks that are necessary for the crawl.
  3. Cleaning things is what girls like to do I don't like the build up while I am using them, particularly on dry throwing tools.
  4. Wrapping With Guitar Strings Before Firing

    I've had some nice results sticking very very fine copper wire on top of glaze using a glue gun. You can make all kinds of interesting patterns. I don't find that steel or aluminum make very attractive patterns.. Unless you're in this some kind of funk art effect.
  5. I have long been annoyed by the clay that builds up on my tools , particularly my dry throwing tools. I've tried coating them with motor oil, axle grease, WD-40, silicon, green soap and probably a dozen other things I can't remember. I have recently been experimenting with coconut oil, which is about the slimiest stuff I've ever run into. It really works quite well, particularly on porous surfaces like wooden tools, and bisque molds. You have to give the surfaces several coats to saturate them and then occasionally recoat them. It ain't perfect, but is far better than anything else I've come up with.
  6. Yes that it the crawl I want. The trick is getting it to stick on vertical surfaces.. which I have done, but with difficulty.
  7. Joe The gel sounds like a fairly simple solution that might work. I will give it a try. It looks like I have a whole bunch of options to test.. Of course, that's the fun part.
  8. This is a crackle / crawl glaze. It's supposed to break up into potato chips to form a very interesting pattern. The issue is not to suppress the crackling but to get the potato chips to stick to the pot. This all works very well on horizontal surfaces but it's really hard to get it to stick on vertical surfaces. As previously mentioned, I found ways to get it to stick, such as adding some Elmer's, but that suppresses the formation of the potato chip. You can see one variation of what it does in the picture ti the left.
  9. Here is the recipe for LaLone Crawl Nepheline Syenite (Theoretical) 70 Magnesium carbonate 25 Ball Clay (Theoretical) 5
  10. ^6, B mix 6 w/ grog, Lalone Crawl is 25% magnesium.
  11. I am having trouble getting high magnesium glazes like Lalone crawl to stick on vertical surfaces. I have tried spraying over it with spray starch and hairspray. Does not work. I have mixed Elmer's glue with it. This will cause it to stick but it changes the crackly character in ways I don't like. I have tried spraying a layer of Elmer's glue on and then spraying crawl over it. That doesn't work. I emailed Mike Lalone because he has obviously figured out how to make it stick on vertical surfaces. I never got a reply Often I resort to gluing the potato chips that have fallen off back on with a dab of Elmer's glue. This is a very crude solution which is very time-consuming. Does anyone have a better idea?
  12. The idea of thinking of myself as an artist is very strange since I've had no training in any of the arts that I do. I've always thought of myself more as a logical linear left brain thinker. However, as I've gotten into doing ceramics, welded art and photography, I am a bit startled that some of my stuff actually looks pretty good. Though I make no attempt to sell my work, people actually asked me if I'd like to sell this or that..... strange. I found a lot of the patterns that I've developed in welding transfer nicely to ceramics. Colors and shapes from photography also transfer well to ceramics. Contures in ceramics transfer to contures in welding. Ceramics is by far the most difficult of my three hobbies. All three arts depend on a different aesthetic, so it's a bit of a head shift when I go from one to the other.
  13. Tell Me How To Brush Glaze

    Thanks for the excellent suggestions. I will give them a try. I really don't like brushing glaze at all, but sometimes the design just does not allow spraying.
  14. I've consistently had poor luck getting brushed glazed to look good. I've tried adding CMC & glycerin, brushing a couple light coats 90 degrees from one another. I even added a couple of voodoo dances with loud growling and grunting. Nothing seems to make all that much difference. It possible because I've seen work that has been glazed by brushing and looks perfect. Let me in on the secret
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