To make it better, you might have to make it worse. The crack is very thin and you will likely have a hard time getting the mixture in it. Use a sharp tool (x-acto knife) to make a vee channel on both sides -- you might have to go almost half way through from each side, then put the mixture in. Not too big of a channel, but big enough to get the mixture completely in with no trapped air space. That will make sure it goes into the whole crack, not just the surface. Unless you get the full crack filled with mixture, it will crack during firing.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:21 PM
Well, I did it.
Let's see how it fires when it does!
Thank you guys so much for all the suggestions!
Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:51 PM
Posted 23 October 2015 - 08:40 AM
Yes. soak in water overnight. Squeeze the water out of it. And start mixing your spooze. You may have to add a little vinegar to stir it up.
I try to avoid adding any type of water into the mix. So instead of soaking the tissue in water, I soak it in the vinegar, that will go in the mix anyway.
The vinegar alone softens the paper up quite well, and a quick mix with an immersion blender creates a nice mush. Then I mix in the dried clay, syrup, and a teaspoon or so of hydrogen peroxide, to keep the bacteria at bay. I've kept some of the mixture over the summer, in a sealed container, and it didn't smell a bit when I came back. It did grow a bit of mold, that I just scooped off.
I'm a big fan of this stuff. It works far better than the "Ceramic Enhancer" I mentioned earlier in this thread. It's also a whole lot cheaper...
Posted 24 October 2015 - 05:56 AM
Does anyone use magic water/magic mud/paper-vinegar-sodium silicate etc. concoctions as a matter of course when joining slabs? I mostly see it suggested for repairs or specific attachments, but any reason (besides hassle and expense) not to just use it for all joining? Seems like it would be extra insurance even when constructing a simple box with moist clay - why not?
Posted 24 October 2015 - 12:51 PM
Posted 24 October 2015 - 02:45 PM
yes, there is a recipe for "score no more" in my glaze book. will dig it out. if you use more than one clay, mix each one separately and use the right one for each clay. dry powdered gum arabic from Georgie's supply
Score no more attributed to pat horsley
100 grams dry clay body
2 grams dry gum arabic
2 grams custer feldspar
2 grams bentonite
mix dry ingredients thoroughly. add HOT water, mix and let it sit for awhile, maybe overnight. should be like peanut butter consistency, if too wet let evaporate or remove excess water.
add 1/4 teaspoon sodium silicate
pinch of epsom salts
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