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Roberta12

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In Topic: B-Mix And Me - A Contentious Relationship

Yesterday, 10:58 PM

 

Nancy, I do like throwing with Bmix, but have had cracking issues in the past, but not problems with the handles falling off.  However, I have never thrown, trimmed and fired all in one day.  Maybe it's just because my climate is different, but it does seem like you are putting things in the kiln rather quickly.  I had my first explosion ever during a bisque a couple of months ago.  I knew I was taking a risk....the mug was still just a bit cool to the touch.  Lesson learned.   But like Mdobay said, sounds like it isn't the clay, the pot didn't have enough time to dry. 
 
Roberta


Hi Roberta,
Usually I don't throw, dry and bisque in the same day. Last holiday when I was making a lot of mugs, I'd dry them for a few days under plastic, then another day out and Crack!!! The handle would separate from the mug! I was redoing almost every handle. Is there an ideal temp to dry BMix at maybe? My basement is cool, but my studio is warm. I've used both.

 

Nancy, It's pretty funny reading this thread about bmix.   Bmix seems to be a temperamental clay.  Your experience with the handles is exactly my experience with the cracking issue with bmix.  carefully dry it and before I can get it in the kiln, crack!  And I agree with your drying experiences also.  Doesn't seem to matter, cool, well ventilated, warm, covered.....it still cracks.  However Denice didn't have good luck with it for handbuilding, but that is the one place I have been able to use bmix.  It makes lovely trays, vases, tiles, etc.  What is it with good ol' bmix?!  When I use up this last 100 pounds, I probably won't buy more.  I have had much better luck with a mid fire porcelain.  

Roberta


In Topic: B-Mix And Me - A Contentious Relationship

Yesterday, 11:52 AM

Nancy, I do like throwing with Bmix, but have had cracking issues in the past, but not problems with the handles falling off.  However, I have never thrown, trimmed and fired all in one day.  Maybe it's just because my climate is different, but it does seem like you are putting things in the kiln rather quickly.  I had my first explosion ever during a bisque a couple of months ago.  I knew I was taking a risk....the mug was still just a bit cool to the touch.  Lesson learned.   But like Mdobay said, sounds like it isn't the clay, the pot didn't have enough time to dry. 

 

Roberta


In Topic: Qotw: How Was Your Clay Journey Until Now?

23 May 2016 - 10:11 AM

I think because I came to clay later in life, it has really been a joy.  I really enjoy the process.  The further along I have traveled with clay, the more complex and rich it all becomes.  Learning about clay, firing, glazes, the traditions of potters, the history, form and function....I find it all quite rewarding.  Yes, I do get a little frustrated when my vision doesn't translate to the clay or glaze, but I learned at the beginning to simply settle in and let the learning happen.  This journey is a blessing, for certain. 

 

Roberta


In Topic: Texture/embossing Mats/roller

23 May 2016 - 10:03 AM

Hi, Judy!

I don't know if I'm allowed to link to sites?? I hope so. It's not MY site so I think it's okay. 

 

So one really good company that makes texture tools of all kinds is MKM, you might look into that a bit.

 

I searched texture mats real quickly and found this page to a clay supplies site: http://www.clay-king...ery_stamps.html There are some very interesting links including Lisa Pavelka rubber texture mats which are beautiful.  http://www.clay-king.com/pmc_precious_metal_clay/stamps/lisa_pavelka_stamps.html

 

You can also make your own texture mats. Roll out a slab of clay to about 1/2" thick. When it's cheese hard, carve it with the design you want. Allow to dry, then bisque and use forever. Then it's your design and unique to your work only. Another way to do texture slabs is to press leaves into them. Imagine the possibilities!! :)

 

Making your own roller stamps is simple too. Roll a 1 ounce ball of clay in the palm of your hand. Then start pinching the center as you roll it on the table. This will start to flatten what will be the rolling edge as you flatten and shape the center. I like to use all the surfaces and have a rolling edge as well as a different design on each flat side, but with your first few, just texture the rolling side. 

 

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Giselle, very nice impressions!  What is your favorite tool to use for carving??  Mine often come out rather buggery.  But I might be carving into the clay while it is too wet. 

Roberta


In Topic: Sprinkling Iron Filings On Wet Pots

18 May 2016 - 04:17 PM

Lovely video!!!