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In Topic: Paint Brushes

28 February 2014 - 11:28 AM

You might could grow some, but I could not guarantee that it would grow.  You can buy bamboo stakes for plants at some plant nurseries.  You can also use wooden dowels, drilled, for handles, and old knitting needles make great handles for all sorts of tools.  Use dental floss to tie the hair into a nice bundle (unless it is still attached to the hide) and dip in epoxy glue.  Insert into the handle and allow to dry well.  I like to try my tied 'brushes' with water before gluing them in, just to be sure I like what they do.


I happen to know for a fact that UK has a lot of bunnies running around.  We lived there for 3 years, loved, loved, loved it!


I am now beseeching my son the Duck Hunter to bring feathers from the ducks.  We shall see.  I was planning to use them for raku.

In Topic: Paint Brushes

28 February 2014 - 09:38 AM

You don't really have to pick up dead animals on the road to get hair for your brushes, although my husband did volunteer to get a skunk tail for me.... :wub:


Any of the sporting places, like Pro Bass, Cabala's, etc., etc.  carries supplies for fly fishing and the guys who tie their own lures.  I have ordered Artic Fox, squirrel, and elk, and they have a ton more.


My grandson is also a prime supplier of fur and hairs.  He saves tails from deer, squirrel, fox, rabbit, raccoon, and anything else he harvests during hunting season.  He saves horse hair from grooming his horse and hair from the bull's tail when he is being groomed for show.  He is a really good grandson!  (and an excellent hunter)


Oddly enough, the one species that I am coveting and have been unable to find is from a goat.  I want some hair from between the shoulder blades of the goat, but I don't know anybody who has goats who will share a bit of hair.


We also have a never ending supply of bamboo for handles.  I do mean a NEVER ENDING supply!


I have an abundance of hairs, tails and etc.  If you will send your address, I will be happy to share.  :)

In Topic: Setting up my studio

13 June 2013 - 10:08 AM

Organizing my studio is an ongoing thing for me.

I have many jars of glaze, and many sizes of jars, and, I also mix glazes and have 2 gal. and 5 gallon buckets of my favorites. So you can probably imagine that I was not the least bit organized. I try to be, but I had glazes in this corner, on that wall, everywhere!

I emptied out a shelf unit that I had been storing things seldom used, and designated that end of my studio as the glazing area. I organized my jars of glaze according to brand and type, and I have included all my tools associated with glazing in this area too. My drill and mixers, a hand-held juicer, and large whisks hang on the wall, for example, ready to be used.

I have two work tables in this area. One is an old library table, stuck in a corner with buckets of glaze on wheels underneath, and a shelf atop that table, secured to the wall behind it. I keep paperwork on those shelves. Not bookkeeping paperwork, but patterns, books, transfer paper- supplies, in other words. Buckets of glaze go under that worktable.

The other table is used in a similar manner. Brushes, sponges, and a wax skillet are kept on this table, and a shelf on wheels in underneath. I keep things like clean towels, cotton cloths, masking tape, foam plates, and small pieces of foam in bins on the shelves.

Both tables have Shimpo turntables. These are my most prized possessions- do not know how I worked without them. They are different sizes, the tallest one, and the shortest one. I plan to purchase the one with the widest table, and I will be done buying Shimpo turntables.

I am still in the process of building shelves for my chemicals. I keep what I buy in large amounts in those tall plastic keepers for birdseed. I bought them at Lowes, about $13.00 each. They have worked out perfectly. I have 6 plastic units that have 2 drawers each, and Bobby built a shelf unit for them to keep my chemicals that are bought in smaller amounts. Stains also go in these drawers.

Once I get this bit of construction done, I think I will be pretty much organized. I have an area for throwing and keeping clay, an area for hand building, a damp closet, and an area to glaze. It is pretty tight, every inch of space is valuable, but I know how fortunate I am.

When Bobby gets his new shop built, he will empty this shop of his belongings, and I will have a much larger area for my studio- about 3 times the space. We have the kilns out there, and my pug mill and slab roller. We are going to build a station for Bobby to pour the mold he makes. There is always something more to do. My organizing is not nearly finished.