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In Topic: Wipe-Away Black Staining

29 August 2015 - 03:15 PM

Maybe one of these will work . . . https://www.google.c...iw=1600&bih=698I've not tried them, but they might be worth a try. Apply dry black mason stain to the fingerprint dusting brush and then dust the feather area; may take some practice to get the application right and you could always use a paper or flexible plastic outline of the feather to prevent stain from getting on adjacent areas. I think apply to greenware would offer the best luck for success as the dry stain would adhere to the damp surface and you then bisque the stain before applying glaze over it later. Plus, Mason stain has frit in it so it will be less likely to smudge after bisque firing. After bisque, you could also lightly sand any stain that got in areas outside the feather.

Applying fingerprint dust (or mason stain) is an art, a little dust goes a long way.

And, if you try this, be sure to wear an appropriate protective mask.

In Topic: Sculpture Keeps Breaking In The Same Place

29 August 2015 - 08:12 AM

Can you post a picture of the item or describe it a bit more -- shape, balance, where it specifically breaks. That would give us more information to provide from which we can provide help/suggestions. It sounds like there is a weak spot . . . but can't be sure.

In Topic: Lead Glaze Recipes (No Safety Lectures Please)

28 August 2015 - 05:31 AM


Jon has done a lot of work with rare elements. You might consider reaching out to him directly.

In Topic: Underglaze Question

28 August 2015 - 05:22 AM

I'm taking opportunity of this post to ask a question.
Making the piece => one fire
Underglazing => second fire
Transparent glazing : third fire
Oups, my electricity budget is suffering.
So could it we possible to save one firing by underglazing before biiscuit? Which means: making the piece, underglazing then first fire.
Your thought :-)

I apply underglaze to both greenware and bisque. When putting on bisque, the key is to allow it time to dry before glazing. Two firings.

I did the three-fire approach for one set of items -- very involved artwork done by my painting teacher on bisque that I was fearful of smudging. However, after one three-fire round, I became comfortable with just glazing over her work and doing only a second firing.

In Topic: Very Fine Sheets

23 August 2015 - 07:31 AM

1/16 is pretty thin . . . maybe think of using a terra cotta slip that is poured on a plaster slab and allowed for form up, then cut to size and let dry on the plaster slab.