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Hi all! 

I am a teacher for adults with special needs.  I run our pottery studio as a paid employment opportunity for people.  We have just finished making a bunch of flowers and butterflies to use as yard art.  I am having some issues figuring out what type of stake to use and how to attach the pieces so they won't fall off.   I tried coated garden stakes (hollow metal) and clear  silicone.  I let it rest over the weekend and when I picked it up the flower promptly fell off!  Oops.

Can anyone offer some suggestions. 

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Probably easiest (in future) is to make the flowers, butterflies, etc. with locating sockets underneath, which you can then fix the stakes into using epoxy resin (Araldite, or similar). They won't fall off then...

Obviously make the sockets of such a size that when the pieces shrink in the firing, the stakes still fit... It doesn't matter if they are a slightly loose fit to start, as the epoxy resin will take up the slack, within reason.

That may not help with your current crop, though. Pictures are always useful...

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I hadn't thought about that.  I like it! Thank you!

It is easy enough to generate a new batch of pieces!  My folks are always so eager to make things!  This is just so different from all the functional ware I have been making for years! 

 

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1 hour ago, lisawillms said:

This is just so different from all the functional ware I have been making for years! 

Enjoy your new role! I spent quite a few years working with special needs adults and children - best thing I ever did.

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