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Member Since 21 May 2011
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In Topic: Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds

21 August 2015 - 07:28 PM

nancylee: Haven't tried this myself, but the following suggests that one way is to make a
negative impression in plaster, then take a latex positive from that.
Using a big leaf.

Pre-treating leaves to flatten them.

Thank you, Peter!

In Topic: Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds

20 August 2015 - 05:36 AM

I use rhubarb leaves. I would love some info on how to make latex molds from them. I've tried looking for the latex to use and instructions, and I always get confused in the store.

In Topic: Making Pottery Or Metalsmithing

20 August 2015 - 05:34 AM

I have the handheld extruder, not the tiny one, but the one about 18 inches long. My issue was that I was using B mix, and I found it so temperamental as far as when to attach the handle to the mug. They would continually fall off during the bisque fire. I switched to another whitish clay with more grog, can't remember, it's been a while, and that did seem to work a bit.

In Topic: Making Pottery Or Metalsmithing

13 August 2015 - 08:31 AM

I have been doing mixed media ( clay/metal/wood) pieces and they have gotten a good reception. People really like the the concept of blacksmithed metal bases on ceramic vessels.
I have really gotten big lately with an eight foot anthropomorphic clay and metal outdoor sculpture..
There are not a lot of people out there doing this type of thing, so it gives you a pretty good market nich, if you can combine both.

Whoa! Cool stuff! I love it! I think I need a bigger torch!

In Topic: Low Fire Pottery

06 August 2015 - 09:14 AM

I get lots of colors with cone 5 and under glazes. I put on two to three coats of underglaze, and just cover with a clear glaze and fire to cone 5 or 6. I don't see a difference in the final product. I do have to work at getting the underglaze smooth/no brush marks. If anyone has ideas for that, it would be great!