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Benzine

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In Topic: Using Slip Soaked Yarn

26 March 2017 - 09:30 AM

Thanks for the link Chris!  That's some great work!

 

Going to do some testing, with my student, and see what we can come up with.


In Topic: Hi, Im Very New To Ceramics. I Have A Question About Bisque Firing And Underg...

26 March 2017 - 09:28 AM

I've used Amaco Underglazes for years.  They work great.  They are a bit pricier than some others however.  I've seen many posters here, state that they use other, cheaper brands, with great results as well.  

Also, keep in mind, Underglazes can be thinned with water, both for effects and to make them last longer.

 

I generally go by the recommended firing instructions for the commercial Glazes and Underglazes.  For a glaze, the appearance will probably not match the advertised color if you ignore it.  For underglazes, this may be the case as well.  With most underglazes, what you see is what you get, in terms of color.  But I have a couple that change a bit, when fired.  This may not be the case, if they are underfired.

 

You didn't say, what you are doing after the bisque.  Will you clear glaze, then refire?  Many underglazes are designed to have a clear on top.  Some look quite a bit off without it.  If you will be refiring at a higher temp later, then the lower bisque temp will be fine.  Also, if you are firing twice, you can always underglaze after the bisque as well.  Less chance for damaging the ware, while illustrating.  

Personally, I usually underglaze on greenware, but just because it gives me a chance to fix mistakes, before the glaze firing.  


In Topic: Using Slip Soaked Yarn

23 March 2017 - 10:07 PM

Chris,  this is kind of the look we are looking to replicate:

 

http://ceramicartsda...xed-paper-clay/

 

I like the idea of lace, but one reason my student likes the yarn idea, is because he knits.  He's quite good.


In Topic: Sodium Silicate Crackle Pattern Problem

23 March 2017 - 10:03 PM

I'm interested in trying this technique sometime.  Is the sodium silicate used straight, or diluted with water?


In Topic: Website To Order Pottery Tools Cheap

11 March 2017 - 07:19 PM

I use Dick Blick for most my classroom tools. They have the basic tools at a good price, and offer free shipping for schools and such.

Clay King has a wider variety and fairly competitive prices as well.