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Pugaboo    438

I can't resist showing you all my newest box.

 

I am so happy this box turned out even better than I thought it would. It was a test to see how much control I had over my glazes. I drew light stripes on the box to mimic gift wrap. I then glazed each a different color leaving a narrow strip of bare clay showing in between each glaze stripe. For the ribbon and the feet I used a roller to impress a scroll design. I shaped the ribbon into a roll that looked nice and could also be used as a knob. Once fired I added thin strips of laser transfer patterns to each glaze stripe, again using a different pattern for each color. The ends of the box got narrow strips of black to suggest folded over wrapping paper. The design goes all around the box ncluding the bottom.

 

It was a lot of work but I learned a lot about what my materials can handle and plan to push this even further next time.

 

T

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oldlady    1,323

what a wonderful gift box!  as much fun as opening a present can be.  

 

you sure have figured out putting your printed laser transfers on pots.  can you take the time to put some instructions out for us?

 

actually, maybe the magazine editors ought to see this and ask for an article.  maybe a video?

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Sallyd    5

Love it. It's beautiful. Thank you for showing us what can be done with great care and precision.......oh, and skill, of course.

 

I must mend my slapdash ways!

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Pugaboo    438

Thank you everyone!

 

I'm glad you liked it. I am currently working on a new design that will take the "gift box" theme even further. I love old wallpaper, gift wrap and vintage fabrics and am working to incorporate these types patterns into my work. Along with Pugs of course!

 

T

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I love it Pug! They'll make great gifts and should sell very well. What are the dimensions of the box? Something to show scale would be great in your pictures....like maybe a Christmas tree ornament. ;)

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Benzine    609

Thank you everyone!

 

I'm glad you liked it. I am currently working on a new design that will take the "gift box" theme even further. I love old wallpaper, gift wrap and vintage fabrics and am working to incorporate these types patterns into my work. Along with Pugs of course!

 

T

 

 

Great boxes Terry!  

 

In regards to vintage wallpaper, I recently acquired a wallpaper print maker that used to belong to my Great Grandparents, who owned a paint store.  It is just a hand held device, with a couple rollers that pick up the paint from a hopper.  The print roller is interchangeable, to make different patterns.  

I've thought about using it to roll print onto slab boxes and such.

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Pugaboo    438

Amy - the box is about 8x8 inches.

 

Benzine - oooooo you have something like that laying a round and haven't tried it on clay yet?

 

Cynthia - there are quite a few posts here in the forum concerning transfers. Justin Rothshanks site is really good as well. Basically you need a laser printer with iron in the toner, I have 2 HP printers and both of them work. You will need some kind of art, a way of getting it into your computer, a program to manipulate the art to get it high contrast so you can print the transfers and get good results. You can get the transfer paper at decalpaper.com I should warn you it's about a dollar a sheet so it's not inexpensive to do. I layout all my designs in a design program and fill every single inch of the paper I can to make it more economical.

 

Once printed you cut out the art soak in water and apply to glazed pot. Then refire in your kiln. Finding the correct temperature to get the look you want takes some experimentation. I found I can fire mine at cone 04 which is great since that is what I bisque fire to so I can fire a mixed load if I don't have enough transfers to fire a whole load of just those.

 

I am getting ready to add slips and silkscreening into my repetroi to add another layer of design elements (see my post on where to buy raw materials). I also love old plasterwork, frescoes and such. I have always been fascinated with Pompeii and Herculinean and visited both of them several times. I'm fascinated by the cracking, peeling, fading and then in parts brilliant colored frescoes still on the walls of the buildings there. I think, and I'm not sure since I have never used either of these methods before, that I might be able to get a look that mimics some of this. I am going to enjoy finding out!

 

T

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