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Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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Feldspar Substitutions?

17 April 2014 - 09:00 AM

I need to make anew bucket of a glaze I have used with good results that used soda feldspar .  Since I have 0 experience in reformulating glazes, which feldspar do you recommend I start testing with that will make the fewest changes?


When Applying A Layer Of Slip.....

25 March 2014 - 10:06 PM

how do I keep from getting the base clay color from coming up and making smears in the top layer of slip?  I have been throwing open bowls , using a heat gun to firm them up some and then brushing white slip from the center outward, but can't seem to get a smooth coat of slip and often the dark clay starts coming through when I try to ad more , thicker , white slip for a better covering.  Any help appreciated.


Squeeze Bottles Make You Crazy?

17 March 2014 - 04:00 PM

I have spend a rainy afternoon stuttering around in the studio, trying to get a varied assortment of slip trailers to work without major intervention.  Do any of you have a preferred tool for storing thin slip for joining that keeps the consistency?

  What I want is something that I can premix and store in that lets me trail a line of slip on to a join or seam.

I thought I had this and went to use some that has been stored in the trailer for a couple of months and ended up spending most of the afternoon cleaning the snouts of an assortment of tools , none of which had kept the slip loose enough to squeeze out, even though they were well closed.

 

Every thing I have is a bear to fill and won't keep the slip wet enough to squeeze out.  They are also a bear to clean and/or reconstitute the too stiff slip in them.  GRRRRRRR.


Need A Clear Satin Glaze That's Not Cloudy

27 February 2014 - 05:31 PM

Can any one help me? I have a glossy glaze that works well for me, but the satin I have is whitish, milky and dulls colors .  Do you have a ^6 satin clear that behaves well? 


Underglaze, Colored Slips, Compatible?

23 January 2014 - 09:08 AM

I'm wishing I had a few more colors of slip made up for a project I'm working on.  I have several bottles of commercial underglaze in the colors I want.  For applying on leatherhard pieces, can I use the slips as a base color and add underglazes along with and/or on top of, the slips for some accents and detailing?  I plan to do some carving at leather hard, then dry and bisque to 05, then clear glaze.  The slips I have are white clay slaked and sieved, with oxides added.