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In Topic: Transferring A Drawing To A Clay Slab

28 January 2017 - 11:26 PM

I reloaded the first image. here it is. it is working for me.

Humm, I tried it from this link and got the same message.  

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In Topic: Transferring A Drawing To A Clay Slab

28 January 2017 - 11:17 PM

attachicon.gifkirchman demo 001.JPGspent two days watching Kim Kirchman transfer drawings into paintings on newsprint paper and then transferring the colorful images onto slabs.  they were then made into mugs, butter dishes with lids and a bowl.  beautiful work.   outstanding color and line.  using amaco velvet underglaze and stroke & coat together in a palette.  the lines were drawn with velvet black ug and tuxedo black stroke & coat together.  the lines were drawn with tiny plastic bottles with very fine nibs.  


still processing this info and hoping to use the technique myself.  i get really tired of green.

Wow, beautiful pictures!  I think that's a workshop I would have enjoyed and learned a lot.  I use velvet underglazes and I use S&C, but I never thought of mixing the two together.  Did she then put a clear glaze over everything?  

In Topic: Transferring A Drawing To A Clay Slab

28 January 2017 - 11:13 PM

I have also traced an image with ballpoint pen that I wanted to carve into a slab. I squeegeed it onto the clay ink side down and then wet it. The ink transferred to the clay well enough to give me guidelines. This is a very low tech way but worked really well for what I wanted to do and used only materials I already had in the house. 

I think the thing I was missing was wetting the paper to make the ink transfer.  I'll give it a try with water and, as Chris suggested, with rubbing alcohol.  I'm looking for carving guidelines so it's fine if it burns out in the firing.  Thank you.

In Topic: Transferring A Drawing To A Clay Slab

28 January 2017 - 11:11 PM

It had been a few years since I did this ... I traced the picture with a Sharpie marker then placed it on the slab so it was marker side down. Then wet the page with rubbing alcohol and the marker transfers to the slab.

I will give that a try Chris.  Thanks.  I want the image to fire out....I just need it there to give me some carving guidelines.  Did you use just regular bond paper?

In Topic: Measuring For Clay Shrinkage/grout Lines On A Fireplace Surround

28 January 2017 - 12:17 PM

I have learned never to trust the shrinkage given by the manufacture . I have always tested and its usually a bit different-do as Min says and do the test.

The last note is it is always good to give yourself some leeway and thats whats grout is for. Tell your client that it will be close and that grout will make up the difference . That way there is less pressure on you.

LOL, my client is me :) so I'm pretty safe there.  I just don't want to end up with huge grout lines.  I will do a shrinkage test though just to be on the safe side.  The 9% came from the manufacturer.