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  1. majolica

    A vinegar and water solution before glazing your piece would greatly reduce the chances of spots like this. The acid in the vinegar will counteract the silicate and any oils on the piece.
  2. Malcom Davis

    I hate it when things like this happen but sadly, they must. Rest in peace.
  3. That's a weird page. Came out looking all cluttered on my end.
  4. Robin's Egg Blue

    There is only one way to get better, and that's to practice. Experiment!
  5. I would have to say step 2 would be a good idea. It may cause it to mature and complete it's change.
  6. Steven Hill Video

    Do you have a link to this video?
  7. mayco stoneware glazes

    Love it. It can look so great outdoors maybe with a tree in it!
  8. mayco soneware glaze

    Very nice pattern that came out on that.
  9. Ash in Commercial Glaze

    Why not just try and see what happens?
  10. Ceramic bisque gems

    Here is an interesting technique I learned from someone painting ceramic bisque near me. He was painting a dragon and the dragon was on a rock that was on a bed of quartz-like gems. He was taking a long time on the gems and it made me ask him what he was doing. He explained as follows; What he was doing was giving the gems a realistic look by giving it depth. Here is a step by step. Step 1: Paint 2 coats of your base color. To start, you must decide the base color of your gem or gems. I am going to chose purple for this technique. Some dark red and blue would be nice too. Go ahead and paint one coat of that color and wait for it to dry. After dry, paint another coat and wait for it to dry as well. For more vibrant colors like red, royal blue, and fuchsia, try adding 1 or 2 more layers since those colors can show brush strokes more easily, which leaves you with uneven tones. Step 2: Dry brush layers on top of base color. After you have applied the base color, use another color, one similar to the one you are using as the base color. Now you must use a technique called dry brushing which consists of dipping your brush into the paint and dabbing it on a piece of paper or napkin till the brush is almost entirely dry. This will allow you to add small amounts of the color you intend to use to give the gem depth. In this example, we are going to use a light purple and a red to add the layers on top of the base color purple. After your brush is dried, start passing the dry brush on the gem in order to add these layers. repeat this step with lots of colors. Try adding 5 different colors 5 times each. That is a total of 25 very thin layers that add depth. Step 3: Add highlights. After adding at least 25 layers of 5 different colors to the gem you can start highlighting the gem. Keep in mind where you want the light source to come from and make sure all of your gems shine according to the location of the light source (Also keep in mind that different facets of a gem shine in different directions, regardless of light source). To add highlights you simply use the same dry brushing technique you used to add layers, only this time you will focus on the extremities of the gems. Using white or a very light color related to your base color, dry-brush 1 or 2 layers on these extremities. This will give it the shine. Take your time and make sure your brush has very little dry paint. You might want to learn how to antique an item and antique the gems you just painted to give them overall depth but it isn't required That pretty much is the technique used to make a gem look real. It comes out amazing! If anyone has a different technique please post it! Also, if you have painted something with this technique, posting it here would be awesome! Source of Ceramic Bisque If you need a source of some high quality ceramic bisque, you can visit CeramicsAndCrafts.com. They have high quality bisque.
  11. mayco stoneware glaze

    I bet that would look great in my garden =]
  12. Could you post a picture on how this looks? I would really like to see it.
  13. GOAL for 2012

    That seems like a fun goal for the year. Are you planning to full up a whole shelf? haha
  14. Wow. You know, we had a studios and never thought about rule 3. People accidentally touching other people's pieces with their painted hands. I'm glad it never happened! But I hated when people poured out so much paint and only needed a drop.
  15. Porcelain

    You know, we have tried porcelain, but we would have to admit that we like working with ceramic bisque fired at cone 04 better. It doesn't require as high a temperature and the glazes almost feel less toxic. Porcelain does, however, feel a lot more like a finished produce as there are less pores and it is harder than ceramic bisque fired at cone 04. The higher temperature needed to make porcelain makes it more expensive.
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