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Wind n Wing

Member Since 21 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 25 2014 05:52 PM
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Mosaic Birdbath

27 May 2013 - 02:06 AM

I have been creating Stoneware and Porcelain hanging Birdbaths and Feeders for a number of years now and have recentlly been giving thought to adding mosaic birdbaths to my line of garden pieces. I would appreciate any suggestions as to the type of glue/mastic/adhesive that is safe to use in this type of work. Grout suggestions would also be welcomed. I am always aware of potential poisining of the birds and I am a firm advocate of do no harm. I will be using old small satillite dishes for the under base and covering with my designs. The dishes are metal and would be covered on the bathing side with tile, grout and adheasive the underside will be painted with rust proof paint.
I know there are lots of creative individuals out there full of experience and hope you can share some of it with me.

Thanks a bunch.
RJ

Favorite Supply Sites

21 March 2013 - 07:42 PM

I was just viewing the recent forum on Slab Cutters and checked out the sites that were posted. Neil added a link to a Ceramic Supply site as did another member. Those were ones I was unaware of. So I got to wondering what else is out there that I or others like me would find helpful and informative that we dont know about. So how about sharing your favorite clay sites that might be of interest to your fellow potters. The you tube site that was on the slab cutter forum was very enlighting also. There is a wealth of info out there if we only know where to look. So new to clay or experienced wont you share with the rest of us.

Thanks
RJ

Glaze Crystals

18 October 2012 - 07:25 AM

I have been perusing the subjects on this forum and havent found this topic or perhaps I just breezed by it.

Mayco puts out a series of glazes called Jungle Gems that have bits of colered clay or flake/crystals mixed in with the glaze. Most of the other glaze companies have similar type glazes. The question is, what exactly are the crystals/flakes of color, can you make them yourself or perhaps just buy the crystals/flakes without the glaze.
I haven't found them offered anywhere yet. Of course I don't know exactly what they would be called.

At the moment I am trying edge glazing and would like more flake/crystals than the jar contains. Would also like to make combinations to my taste.

Any input would be helpful.

Thanks,
RJ

Kiln Element Pins/Staples

11 October 2012 - 12:29 PM

I have replaced all the elements in my small Duncan. In the process a section of kiln brick about 4" came off and the element is exposed. It wants to buldge. I have watched the video on Paragons site to see how to use pins/staples to keep it in place. It appears that it is alright if the pins touch the element itself. But before I insert the pins I want to make sure I am seeing things correctly. So will there be any electrical problems if the pins touch the element. Dont want to waste time and effort by not measuring twice and cutting oncePosted Image as the old adage goes.

Thanks
RJ

Mason Stain used as ink for stamp pad?

14 September 2012 - 11:46 AM

Brain Picking Time,

And dont tell me that its slim pickins as I know full well there is a wealth of knowledge out there.Posted Image
I am thinking of doing a large number of pieces that need to have a repetive graphic. Something not to detailed but is stamped one image at a time.
So am wondering if anyone has any experience using diluted Mason stain as an ink for a stamp pad. I have looked at the forums and havent quite found exactly what I am looking for. I would be using a rubber stamp of my own design. If there is something better for this process or is there an ink that would withstand ^6 firing. I would sure appreciate learning about it. I will be working on Porcelain and Stoneware.

Thanks in advance,

RJ