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florence w

Member Since 15 Jun 2012
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In Topic: Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

14 July 2016 - 11:35 AM

We potters are well rounded group!  (No sarcasm intended!!)  What have I mastered?  Very thought provoking topic... Let's just say, what have I enjoyed learning and doing...  Sewing, natural childbirth, playing the flute and piccolo, creating stained glass, gardening.  I no longer sew, but can when I need to; childbirth, three is enough; flute and piccolo, 6 years in school, 20 years in an community concert band; stained glass, 20 years but quit when the clay bug bit; gardening, not so much as my weedy garden shows.  I'm very proud of my successful children.  My son is a research scientist and holder of a 5-year NIH grant, oldest daughter worked in the seismic industry, sailed the seven seas and retired at 38, my youngest daughter teaches ninth grade earth and space science, recently returned from Iceland with her students. Raising children is much like working in clay - finding the correct balance between firm and gentle.

In Topic: Slip On Greenware

06 January 2016 - 12:27 PM

LinR,  Just a few drops of sodium silicate does the trick, it thins the liquid for a silky, thin cover of slip on the stoneware.  Try it, you'll like it I promise.

In Topic: Slip On Greenware

18 December 2015 - 02:52 PM

Celia, Yes, use your porcelain powdered clay, mix with water, allow to soak for a while and use a blender or immersion blender to incorporate.  Sieving is a good idea.  Thin with sodium silicate or not depending on the look you want to achieve.  Be certain to match the cone requirement of both clays.  As mentioned, the glaze colors are brighter over the porcelain slip than over stoneware. 

In Topic: Slip On Greenware

18 December 2015 - 02:44 PM

Love the look of white slip over a dark clay body..  Just remember to use clays that have a compatible cone requirement...or risk bloating.  Been there, done that...

In Topic: How To Reveal Lace Texture

09 December 2015 - 11:49 AM

Yesterday I sprayed a bunch of cookie cutter ornaments (white clay, bisque fired) using Krylon Glitter Shimmer opulent opal spray paint.  I'm really pleased with the result.  This spray paint must be used outside because of the fumes.  Not wanting to get glitter paint all over my wrought iron table, I made a hanger from wire, inserted hanger into the top of a large cardboard box and sprayed each ornament suspended from the wire hanger, trapped the fumes inside the box.  After painting about 2 dozen ornaments this way, I just laid the rest flat inside the box and sprayed away, spraying two coats of paint.  Wow!  They are lovely.  I did wash the bisque dust off the ornaments before spray painting them.