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How To Create A Finish Like This?

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#1 TortoiseAvenger


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:32 PM

Anyone know how to create a finish like that shown in the attached picture? I'm interested in trying out sculpture, and am attracted finishes like this.


Specifically, I'm looking for something:


Very thin, so the fine detail in the piece remains.

Muted colors (but still color present)

Matte Finish

Fired--not painted. I like the permanency and durability of a fired "glaze" or finish.


I've made a few of my own glazes now, and they've turned out well... but they look like a typical glaze.


Any ideas?

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

Those look like oxide stains.  They were probably brushed on, then wiped off, leaving a hint of the color while accenting the details.


You can also do that same with underglazes and even glazes.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 11:07 PM

I agree I believe you could acheive something simular with oxide stains.  maybe try airbrushing them on for a more atmoshereic look.  Could the piece in your photo be from a alternative firing techinique?... Like pit firing, or saggar firing?. 

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:27 AM

It looks like oxides, or perhaps stains.  I would recommend picking up Iron oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, and perhaps some mason stains like a red, and a yellow or green.  Brush on and then wipe off.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:07 PM

The mason stains look interesting. How well do the colors stay at ^6?

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