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  1. So I will get an ink based on oil. Should I use an inkjet printer? Other mistakes?
  2. I used a wrong ink? What type of ink should I use?
  3. I have used the following tools: - Roller - Arabic Gum Liquid - Indian Ink - Tried two pictures: 1. Printed in color by a laser Xerox. 2. Copied black and white by another Xerox machine. Made everything as in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUNH6KvYGnk Tried 2 times with both pictures on soft leather hard clay and nothing transferred. Please help me understand what I am doing wrong.
  4. VladCruceanu

    Need your opinion on 1-phase electric kiln

    Thank you all for joining this discussion and sharing your opinions, it’s very helpful. I will probably buy the electric kiln. I am also considering a wood kiln but it is a pretty complicated project and much more expensive. Will see.
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    How it's made

    Where did you bought the bonsai pot mould from? Thank you all for your help.
  6. VladCruceanu

    How it's made

    Something like this you mean? How did the guy made that 2-3 parts box? What material is that?
  7. VladCruceanu

    Need your opinion on 1-phase electric kiln

    Both 1-phase and 3-phase kiln has the same top temperature and the exact same dimensions. Probably the 1-phase will heat up more slowly? Are there any disavantages if I go for the 1-phase? I am asking because I have heard rumors but not from ceramists. My home permits the 3-phase as the house has the connection but from the ground floor to the 2nd floor, is very hard for an electrician to get the cables for a 3-phase kiln without making holes everywhere. The 3-phase cables will not have room in the existing pipes that are in the walls, made for actual cables.
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    How it's made

    Many thanks all for the replies. @Rae Reich Great ideas, cheers.
  9. I am looking to buy my first electric kiln and I need to know from your experience if 1-phase kilns are good. This is the kiln: Nabertherm Top 60 Eco - https://www.scarva.com/en/Nabertherm-Top-60-Eco-Pottery-Kiln/k-4947.aspx The same kiln with the exact same exterior and interior dimensions can be bought also for 3-phase with more loaded KW (1-phase is 3.6 KW and the 3-phase is 5.5 KW). How is this difference affecting the firing and the objects? Thank you.
  10. VladCruceanu

    How it's made

    I understand how the mold works when I have the object but I am in the situation where I have to create the object and after that build the mold. The first idea coming in my head is to use a 3D printer for the object and after make the mold. How are you doing it? Perfect straight walls can be made only when using a mold or I should improve my techniques? I am hand building from slabs and when I am creating a larger pot (40 cm x 20 cm) it seems impossible to keep everything 100% straight. For smaller pots is not hard. Even if the large pot seems straight during the building and finishing phases, at bone dry level is always deforming. I am slowly drying to bone dry, covering the whole object with a bag and putting it on a shelf. The room is heated from the ground level and there are no strong airs inside, it's a closed chamber.
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    How it's made

    Same with this add on in the middle of the wall. Is it carved or added? If it's added on the wall, how can I obtain a straight, very thin form?
  12. VladCruceanu

    How it's made

    How is this kind of wall made with hand building techniques? Straight walls are easy to build and join with 45 degrees cut. Being curved at the end is making me very curious. Sometimes I see bonsai pots that are don t have vertical walls but again, curved walls.
  13. VladCruceanu

    Irregular shape pot

    Anyone knows about a video of somebody doing a pot with the subtraction method? I cannot find on the internet.
  14. VladCruceanu

    Irregular shape pot

    The clay I am ordering is coming as 10 kg packages. To make a cube of clay, let's say 40 cm sides, so I can start carving it, I should combine several 10 kg packages. Probably 3 package for this dimension. If I will put one package on another and press it, will it combine? Having a very groggy clay I think that I won't be able to push it so hard and it won't get one whole piece of clay. A smaller cube is pretty easy to make, but how about a large one for a big pot? Any ideas?
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    Irregular shape pot

    It's great that now I understand the used techniques to build this type of pot, I am very curious what will come out from my first cube of clay carving. It seems very difficult (like everything which is great) and for sure surprises and challenges will appear during the work. Using the slab building - addition method works too, I have built a similar object but it's still far away from what I have tried to achieve. However, subtraction seems to be the way to go, or a combination of several techniques. Cutting all the paper pieces and establishing the construction sequence is very important, yet difficult for this kind of pot, especially when starting from a couple of pictures, and not having the pot in front of you. There are different shapes that needs to be combined at different angles, pieces that differ in thickness and totally irregular foots. Another thing is that the pot base is straight and everything around it is totally different (thickness, shapes, angles and so on). Any way, it's a well received challenge and something that I will pursue. Many thanks all for your help.

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