Jump to content
PeerieMoose

Do I Fix My Damaged Sculpture Before Or After Firing?

Recommended Posts

3 weeks ago, I started the drying process for this sculpture:

 

post-86678-0-94485500-1503097158_thumb.jpg

 

It was all going well, no cracks, nothing falling off...until today.

I was changing the paper under it and when I put it down, I snapped the fingers off the hand under it's head..  :(

 

Would it be better to fix it before firing it.... or should I fire it and then fix it?

 

Either way, how would I go about doing that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Search spooze in the forums, works a treat, clayy. Vinegar. And clay 1/3rd of each.tissue paper can be added as a strengthener.

Peggy's spooze search will get it to you.

Good luck.

Peope have used this for handles fixiing, great stuff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

drying time is all relevant to your environment.If your piece is already bone dry, it should not take long depending on how much needs to be filled.

 

Marcia

Okay, Thank you 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great sculpture!

 

Spooze works great.  I always have a big batch mixed up, ready for my students.  I go through quite a bit in my classes...  I have also combined the use of that, with Magic Water, as a little extra insurance, as the latter has ingredients that form glass.

PeerieMoose likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also forgot to mention, that I also have started to enjoy using, a super-saturated slip, made by deflocculating a slip and adding more and more dried clay into it.  I guess that would be considered at joining slip.

The good thing about it is that it grabs hold and sets fast!  In a classroom, that's a bonus as I've fixed things going right in the kiln, with both that, and the Spooze.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also forgot to mention, that I also have started to enjoy using, a super-saturated slip, made by deflocculating a slip and adding more and more dried clay into it.  I guess that would be considered at joining slip.

The good thing about it is that it grabs hold and sets fast!  In a classroom, that's a bonus as I've fixed things going right in the kiln, with both that, and the Spooze.

Thank you!  I've looked into the slip.. I'm going to see what materials the college has before I go and buy it myself.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When repairing work with slip, I make the slip from the same clay body.  Some time this requires drying some of the clay to bone dry to use to make the slip.  To hurry this up I pound out slabs around 1 mm thick and dry with a heat lamp, then crush the slabs in a dry blender. 
 
lt

PeerieMoose likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you all for your help!  Unfortunately, I can't have done the spooze right... as it cracked again when I fired it.  

I have glued it now and thankfully the glue doesn't look too noticeable!! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×