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Member Since 15 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Apr 24 2017 08:50 PM

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In Topic: Heat Gun Options

24 April 2017 - 08:50 PM

I use both. The heat gun primarily for speeding up the drying of Underglaze to a paste consistency for silk screening. I also use it for heating up occasional pieces that I need to reglaze to help the glaze stick to the already glazed piece.

The blow dryer I use for firming up clay pieces to continue working on them. I also use it at times to make the glaze dry quicker on something, like the inside of a box form which tends to take longer to dry and I get bored waiting to move on to the next step.

I did learn to never use either tool to speed up the drying of a silkscreen... now that was an expensive lesson. I had to remake the entire screen.


In Topic: Firing Flowers

23 April 2017 - 08:16 PM

I make, shape and assemble my flowers with wet clay. I poke a hole in them for a stem I add later. They are dried, then VERY CAREFULLY bisque fired. When the flowers are bone dry they are super fragile so handle them carefully as you load them in the kiln. Once bisqued they are glazed and placed on stilts to fire. When done I grind off any little spots from the stilts and add wire for the stems. There are several ways to make stems for flowers including using clay, I like wire because I can shape the finished flowers into bouquets and arrange in vases.

I should note I use Little Loafers cone 6 clay and fire in an electric kiln.


In Topic: Glaze Melding

06 April 2017 - 10:28 AM

I made myself some bead racks so I don't have to use stilts and can glaze the entire jewelry piece. Since you have what sounds like a small kiln you could make the bead racks to fit into the space you have.


In Topic: Video For You Handbuilders Out There.

05 April 2017 - 02:44 PM

I am humbled... it is amazing what can be done with such simple techniques.

Thank you for sharing.

In Topic: Need Pictures Of Kiln With Pottery Fired Too Hot In It

04 April 2017 - 08:23 PM

Thank you everyone I am so glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's... well... plain stupid.... to allow unknown stuff to be fired in our kilns. I have saved a few photos and will follow the link to try and get a couple more. I will take the most graphic of the bunch and print it up and show the powers that be and then hang it in the kiln room and just point to it when I say no to firing mystery pieces.

Thank you all again you are amazing!