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#21 annekat

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:29 PM

I use fondant molds to form different shaped feet for some of my hand built trays. I also use stamping stencils, metal jewelry, ribbons, lace to create textures & patterns on my thrown or handbuilt pieces. ! Just lots of fun! I usual pick up most of my "tools" from yard sales, goodwill etc!

I LOVE using found objects to make stamps for impressions in clay or to press directly into the clay. It sounds like we all do! Some great ideas for that here on this thread.
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:37 PM


I may have seen this here and if I did I'm sorry for not giving the poster credit ....

I bought a box of disposable icing bags and fill them with slip. Then I cut the tip off ( I can control the thickness by just cutting the tip ). And 'pipe' away with the slip

I don,t get as many air pocket splatters using them


I use disposable icing bags, too! Though I also use the plastic collars and the frosting tips to get different effects. I also find that just cutting the tip makes it sort of flat, where the metal tips keep it more round.

I picked up one of those aluminum cookie presses at Goodwill, with multiple dies, to see if I could use it for clay. I don't know, make fridge magnets of clay "cookies", or make my own dies for it, or something. I think I gave it a brief shot but don't remember what the problems were, if any... too much clay sticking to it and hard to clean, bad results, or what. But this makes me want to get it out and try it again. Although the icing bags are sounding like maybe more fun.....
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:08 PM



I may have seen this here and if I did I'm sorry for not giving the poster credit ....

I bought a box of disposable icing bags and fill them with slip. Then I cut the tip off ( I can control the thickness by just cutting the tip ). And 'pipe' away with the slip

I don,t get as many air pocket splatters using them


I use disposable icing bags, too! Though I also use the plastic collars and the frosting tips to get different effects. I also find that just cutting the tip makes it sort of flat, where the metal tips keep it more round.

I picked up one of those aluminum cookie presses at Goodwill, with multiple dies, to see if I could use it for clay. I don't know, make fridge magnets of clay "cookies", or make my own dies for it, or something. I think I gave it a brief shot but don't remember what the problems were, if any... too much clay sticking to it and hard to clean, bad results, or what. But this makes me want to get it out and try it again. Although the icing bags are sounding like maybe more fun.....


Spray the cookie press with bakers spray, help keep it from sticking.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:12 PM

Crazy? Fun? Tools? ... Hmm... I wear gloves while throwing.
Thin medical gloves. I thought since I can palpate stage I prostate cancer wearing them, why not to try it for throwing the clay.
Can feel all those air bubbles well.

Jim, watch that bear! Do not spill it on your keyboard!

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 02:55 AM

Crazy? Fun? Tools? ... Hmm... I wear gloves while throwing.
Thin medical gloves. I thought since I can palpate stage I prostate cancer wearing them, why not to try it for throwing the clay.
Can feel all those air bubbles well.

Jim, watch that bear! Do not spill it on your keyboard!


Jim quit holding "bears" while typing a while ago--he and I both just drink beers these days. Ditch the gloves, youll be happier.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:35 AM


Crazy? Fun? Tools? ... Hmm... I wear gloves while throwing.
Thin medical gloves. I thought since I can palpate stage I prostate cancer wearing them, why not to try it for throwing the clay.
Can feel all those air bubbles well.

Jim, watch that bear! Do not spill it on your keyboard!


Jim quit holding "bears" while typing a while ago--he and I both just drink beers these days. Ditch the gloves, youll be happier.


Ditto on that, Did you wear gloves when making mudpies as a kid, nothing like getting a little dirty, and no matter how well you can feel with them-much better without them.Posted Image

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:06 AM

Jim quit holding "bears" while typing a while ago--he and I both just drink beers these days.


Darn! Happens to me all the time!

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:49 AM


Jim quit holding "bears" while typing a while ago--he and I both just drink beers these days.


Darn! Happens to me all the time!


I'm trying to figure out what all you comedians are going on about. Did I type "bear" for "beer" somewhere? Bears scare the crap out of me. I'd never hold one while typing. The only time I ever outran a dog was the time I saw what I still think was a grizzly in the Rockies.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 12:00 PM

I picked up one of those aluminum cookie presses at Goodwill, with multiple dies, to see if I could use it for clay. I don't know, make fridge magnets of clay "cookies", or make my own dies for it, or something. I think I gave it a brief shot but don't remember what the problems were, if any... too much clay sticking to it and hard to clean, bad results, or what. But this makes me want to get it out and try it again. Although the icing bags are sounding like maybe more fun.....


I have one of those as well!! I haven't tried it out yet, but have been planning to.... or maybe just use it as a stencil for underglaze decoration. (As for the icing decoration -- if you've ever piped cake decorations, it's amazingly similar. And fun!)

Thanks, Pres, for the cooking spray tip. :) That won't muck up the clay if I reclaim it, will it?

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 12:02 PM



Crazy? Fun? Tools? ... Hmm... I wear gloves while throwing.
Thin medical gloves. I thought since I can palpate stage I prostate cancer wearing them, why not to try it for throwing the clay.
Can feel all those air bubbles well.

Jim, watch that bear! Do not spill it on your keyboard!


Jim quit holding "bears" while typing a while ago--he and I both just drink beers these days. Ditch the gloves, youll be happier.


Ditto on that, Did you wear gloves when making mudpies as a kid, nothing like getting a little dirty, and no matter how well you can feel with them-much better without them.Posted Image


I personally don't throw with gloves on, but I can totally understand why someone would -- especially after I ground off one of my fingernails to the nailbed making plates one day....

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 01:00 PM




Crazy? Fun? Tools? ... Hmm... I wear gloves while throwing.
Thin medical gloves. I thought since I can palpate stage I prostate cancer wearing them, why not to try it for throwing the clay.
Can feel all those air bubbles well.

Jim, watch that bear! Do not spill it on your keyboard!


Jim quit holding "bears" while typing a while ago--he and I both just drink beers these days. Ditch the gloves, youll be happier.


Ditto on that, Did you wear gloves when making mudpies as a kid, nothing like getting a little dirty, and no matter how well you can feel with them-much better without them.Posted Image


I personally don't throw with gloves on, but I can totally understand why someone would -- especially after I ground off one of my fingernails to the nailbed making plates one day....

If your nails are getting ground down, rubber gloves won't make a bit of difference

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 05:09 PM


I picked up one of those aluminum cookie presses at Goodwill, with multiple dies, to see if I could use it for clay. I don't know, make fridge magnets of clay "cookies", or make my own dies for it, or something. I think I gave it a brief shot but don't remember what the problems were, if any... too much clay sticking to it and hard to clean, bad results, or what. But this makes me want to get it out and try it again. Although the icing bags are sounding like maybe more fun.....


I have one of those as well!! I haven't tried it out yet, but have been planning to.... or maybe just use it as a stencil for underglaze decoration. (As for the icing decoration -- if you've ever piped cake decorations, it's amazingly similar. And fun!)

Thanks, Pres, for the cooking spray tip. Posted Image That won't muck up the clay if I reclaim it, will it?


I recycle it all the time, you don't spray that much.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

cotton swabs make great polka dots

black ribbed rubber doormat "fabric" sold by the foot at the hardware store can be cut to make leaves with parallel veins. think cherry tree, elm, etc.

melon ball cutters make holes for orchid planters

Speedball pen nibs make great scraffito cutters if you get the right one

gutter guard makes a good texture

painters tape can be cut to make palm trees like the ones in my avatar

it goes on forever........................
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:36 PM

If your nails are getting ground down, rubber gloves won't make a bit of difference


Oh, I meant after I ground down my nail, I couldn't throw because it was sore. A glove would offer more protection to the injured finger. ;)

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:19 PM

Did you wear gloves when making mudpies as a kid, nothing like getting a little dirty, and no matter how well you can feel with them-much better without them.


I sculpture with the naked fingers, but I through with the gloves on. Especially since I use very little water when I through.
You loose a lot of sensation when your finger tips get abused by the abrasions. For many people it is OK, for some is not.
I often have coffee in AM with a plastic surgeon whose fingernails are longer than mine and who has calluses on his index fingers. We are all different.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:57 AM


Did you wear gloves when making mudpies as a kid, nothing like getting a little dirty, and no matter how well you can feel with them-much better without them.


I sculpture with the naked fingers, but I through with the gloves on. Especially since I use very little water when I through.
You loose a lot of sensation when your finger tips get abused by the abrasions. For many people it is OK, for some is not.
I often have coffee in AM with a plastic surgeon whose fingernails are longer than mine and who has calluses on his index fingers. We are all different.


Do you teach classes on throughing? I'd love to learn how to through.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:04 AM


Did you wear gloves when making mudpies as a kid, nothing like getting a little dirty, and no matter how well you can feel with them-much better without them.


I sculpture with the naked fingers, but I through with the gloves on. Especially since I use very little water when I through.
You loose a lot of sensation when your finger tips get abused by the abrasions. For many people it is OK, for some is not.
I often have coffee in AM with a plastic surgeon whose fingernails are longer than mine and who has calluses on his index fingers. We are all different.


Claypole;
Hit the edit button before you send your post out or you will have witty guys like Jim mocking you. It's lose instead of loose, and throw instead of through.
Just saying.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:20 AM

+1 for both of you.
Neah, not gonna edit. I can use some tease today.
Thank you though TJR.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

Just saying.


Funny how that expression is becoming as overused as LOL. Interesting to think about how it is really used and what it means.

Claypple, I think I remember you saying English is a second language. You probably speak it a lot better than I do. But it was good to kid you about the above after the ragging you gave me over bear/beer.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:47 AM

Claypple, I think I remember you saying English is a second language. You probably speak it a lot better than I do. But it was good to kid you about the above after the ragging you gave me over bear/beer.

Jim


Yep, the second. I would n't mind improving my grammar all the time, but ... it is a supply and demand issue:

I think in English, and no grammar required for that.
Texting on cell-phones is ... just completely different language, as you all know.
When I need to create a grammatically correct document at work, I either use "Dragon" software or dictate to a transcriptionist (with an accent!!!! Posted Image).

Theoretically, you can go pretty far without even knowing an alphabet.




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