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In Topic: Paper Clay - I'm New To This...

Yesterday, 05:50 PM

Do be warned, it stinks in a new and fascinating way after about 2 weeks when the fibre begins to rot. Make only as much as you need at a go. People will advise you to add a capful of bleach to prevent this, but it only delays the inevitable.


While Diesel's warning is true, all is not lost. Cannot find the original ref, but here

is my memory of it from a 2009 clayart posting.


Many years ago I read a letter in one of the ceramic mags from a potter who developed a

chronic farmer's lung condition, apparently from mould spores given off from "off" paperclay.

So it's not something you want to have around year-on-year.

His solution was very simple, just drying the paperclay into ingots (prob.in a plaster mould).
He reconstituted the nextday's clay in a bowl with a measured amount of water in it. The great

wicking you get from the paper fibre ensured that it was usable by the next day, maybe sooner.

Regards, Peter


In Topic: Wet Look Slip/glaze Post Firing

27 January 2016 - 08:28 AM

This video may be of interest.


PS I keep wondering if it would be possible to make a self-glazing slip,

very vaguely in the spirit of Parian. It would greatly simplify getting the

sheen in all the right places and none of the wrong ones.


Does anybody have any experience/ideas?

In Topic: Mishima: Incised Through Wax Resist Or Scraped?

25 January 2016 - 10:56 AM

Hand sewing needles have the point on one end and the hole on the other. Sewing machine needles are like you said hole and point on same end.


Oops, my gaffe I misread it as sewing machine needle. I can only imagine -- but not excuse --

this happening because I'm only used to non sewing needles being qualified: knitting, upholstery,

sewing-machine, ....


Original post deleted.

In Topic: Mason Inclusion/encapsulated Stains Containing Cadmium For A Glaze

25 January 2016 - 09:59 AM

I don't know if it is still the case, but when I first read about the encapsulated stains I remember that there was advice:

- on things to avoid in the base glaze (to reduce the solubility of the encapsulation)

- that the base glaze should contain at least a certain amount of zircon (ditto)

In Topic: Mishima: Incised Through Wax Resist Or Scraped?

24 January 2016 - 06:11 PM

If I'm not mistaken, CAD has an article about a ceramist who incises, bisques, and then inlays.  I couldn't find the article earlier, but I'm 99.9% positive it exists and that it's something from this site.


Rings a bell. The one I remember is: