attaching stilts to glazed ware with glue
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:35 PM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:56 PM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:16 PM
Of course your kiln must be vented to the outdoors.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:09 PM
I read somewhere that to keep the stilt in the exactly right position on the bottom of a glazed pot while placing it in the kiln you can use glue. Sounds great! But what kind of glue? Will Elmer's type work? Some of my larger handbuilt pieces have warped in the glaze firing because, evidently, I didn't set it down on the stilts just in the right place, due to not being able to see what I was doing!
I use a hot glue gun, sets in seconds. Will burn off clean. It has to be dry.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:33 PM
"But it does move," said Galileo under his breath.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:45 AM
If you use stilts in a glaze firing, try to glaze at the same temperature as your bisque.
For example, when I did crystalline glazes at ^10, I was bisque firing to ^10. I was using information from 1910 or so.
This was back in 1972. I needed to use gum in my glaze application to get the glaze to adhere to the pot. Crystalline glazes run a lot. It is their nature. They required a good fitting soft brick disc with kiln wash. No shrinkage allowed. Once one fell over and the glaze ate a 3" hole in my kiln floor.
Lesson learned: to avoid this type of problem, fire the pot in the bisque to the same temperature as the glaze so it won't move when on a stilt.
Marcia Selsor, Professor Emerita,
Montana State University-Billings
Marcia Selsor Studio in Brownsville, Texas.
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