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In Topic: Pendant

11 November 2015 - 05:46 PM

Generally, slip is applied before bisque firing, as it will shrink during firing and possibly pop off, or crack, as it shrinks. The shrinkage for 266 to cone 6 is 13%. There are vitreous slips that can be applied and fired on bisque, but this doesn't sound like one of those if it's straight clay slip. If the slip is thin enough it may adhere and fire fine. I had an example that worked before I was told that the slip should have been applied before bisque.
Best of luck with it,

In Topic: From Clay To Mosaics

10 November 2015 - 03:19 PM

All the fuss we make about drying tiles on drywall, between drywall, on wire grids, tile setters for firing, etc., etc. Just throw them n the dirt, stack them to support each other, and no problem

In Topic: Do Titles Help Sell Work

20 October 2015 - 09:28 PM

I have a friend who I was discussing this with that always has the most interesting titles. I was surprised that the name comes after the work, and may be as simple as the last place she vacationed with a twist. If you see a titled work in a show or gallery and want to find the artist later, the title may help.
I was embarrassed when I took Second in Show and my piece was listed as "Untitled". That will never happen again.


In Topic: Bat "systems"

20 October 2015 - 09:10 PM

I have the Dirty Girls system with the 7" round inserts and love it. Like Benzine said, it can be a challenge to take work off and get the insert placed back in, but not so much as to be unusable. It is just a tight fit, and the insert doesn't want to go all the way flush. The Dirty Girls insert material looks like Masonite, but is not showing adverse signs yet. I typically just leave an insert mounted and cut my work off, so the material is getting a good test.


In Topic: Spraying Glazes

12 October 2015 - 09:57 PM

I tried using a horticultural sprayer upon advice that it would work, but had poor results. The way the spray tip is configured was the problem. I have one of the sprayers shown in the Bridges Pottery video, and it works okay with human power making large droplets and spatter, but works much better with air from an air compressor directed down the mouth tube. Much better atomization.

I use spray guns from Harbor Freight along with one of their air compressors. One can get the whole setup for just over a hundred dollars by watching the prices of each component and/or using the 20 & 25% coupons. And, you can inflate your car tires too!