thank you, jim, that is why i bought the frost but this is so pretty.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:55 PM
I love this forum not a day goes by that I don't discover something new and interesting that I want to try. Sometimes I just sit in awe wondering if I'll ever get good enough to try some of the stuff the people on here do everyday and take for granted.
Matt- Those plates are amazing by the way!
Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:21 AM
matt, would your recipe for cone 6 porcelain work for lithopanes? i would love to use a transparent body and use it in the mold i made of raku clay bisqued to 04. i am sending a picture of it and of an impression done in little loafers cone 6 stoneware.
can you suggest a way to create the impression and fire it? i assume that i will i have to fire it in the mold each time i want a copy. i can picture firing it to cone 6 as it is so it would finish shrinking. i am just afraid that once i use it to hold the porcelain i will lose the mold for any other use and i cannot make another one until the flowers bloom next spring.
I like lithopanes too, the little TV in my gallery uses a very primitive one. I have done some tests and the clay I used for the plates looks like it will work for lithopanes, but I'm just not there with it yet. The recipe on my blog that uses 50% kaolin is just your usual porcelain, other than I use Veegum T to make it more plastic, so like Jim said Frost or NZ6 is the way to go.
Terry - Thanks
Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:21 PM
thanks, i haven't had any muscle power come by lately to get the Frost out from under the other two boxes on top. will try it, any suggestions for shapes?
thanks, terry, i like using plant material. i used some of the leaves that i can only get in florida (they actually come from a plant native to Hawaii) to make trays with interesting edges. found the original leaves at the dump when i took a dead tree there. the trays all sold and i have been looking for a substitute. nothing is the right size or right weight to do similar trays but i will continue.
the mold is merely a thick, about 1/2 inch tile that is sized to fit the shelf in my kiln. i tried little loafers first but it cracked three different times. this one is in Raku clay and it did not crack as badly, there is a thread sized crack in part of it. i rolled the geranium leaves and flowers in, leaving space for the dragonfly. that is a piece of jewelry that i put some epoxy on to make a handle so i could get it back out after impressing it. it is dipped in WD40 first.
bciske does marvelous things with hosta leaves. and my friend denise makes bowls from them as well. looking for just the right flower or leaf is a good way to get to know your neighbors who garden.
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