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nancylee

Member Since 21 May 2011
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In Topic: How Would An Imprinted Name Come Out Saggar'd?

09 January 2017 - 09:14 AM

am i not following this question correctly?  isn't a saggar just a container used to protect the pot inside from flame and ash deposits?   how would the lettering be affected if i am correct in thinking this?

I'm referring to the firing of bisque with sawdust, and copper, etc. You put copper wire on the piece, also. It isn't glazed. 


In Topic: How Would An Imprinted Name Come Out Saggar'd?

08 January 2017 - 08:35 PM

Yes, i could do that. Black underglaze woukd be good. Maybe an engobe?

In Topic: How Would An Imprinted Name Come Out Saggar'd?

08 January 2017 - 06:32 PM

Can you do lettering cut out of a paper label so it burns off and leaves an imprint? Like with a Cricut. Or maybe stuck on with flour paste and wooden laser cut letters? What would happen? OR you could sort of smush them into the side of the pot slightly when leather hard so they also leave a  slight imprint. 
 
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I don't know! Im not really up on how saggar works. I learned to do it, but i dont know what would leave a mark and what wouldn't?

In Topic: Can Tall Teapots Like These Be Handbuilt? These Are Extruded

08 January 2017 - 02:33 PM

Stan Irvin has a couple videos where he handbuilds spouts. In video #2 he shows pulling a spout on a tapered  spout maker. Should work over a plastic funnel like Johnny K suggested when wrapped in paper, I've not tried on a plastic funnel but does work on wood spout makers. If you try it be prepared to muck up a few before you get a good one, it's a bit tricky to get them a good thickness. (Irvin talks about dusting the clay and wood with feldspar or talc in place of cornstarch, I wouldn't use the first two though) Using slabs with templates in video #1.


Thanks Min! Very helpful!

In Topic: Can Tall Teapots Like These Be Handbuilt? These Are Extruded

08 January 2017 - 02:27 PM

Hi again! So I'm up to the spout! I imagine I need to handbuild the spout, as how could such a tall and narrow spout be thrown? And I dont have an extruder die that puts out a narrow and hollow tube. Thanks!

You might try this, Nancy...
Get a dowel stick or other rod the diameter of the inside of your spout and wrap a couple of times with newspaper. DON"T tape the newspaper to the rod, but do tape the outside to itself just to hold it together. You should be able to slide the paper a little on the rod. Roll out a slab to the thickness and length of the spout, then wrap the clay around the dowel, joining it to make the tube that will become the spout. Practice a little so you can get the spout looking like you want. After the clay is a soft leather hard and you can handle it without breaking it, pull the rod through the tube and out. The paper will stay inside the clay tube you have made, but you don't have to worry about that now. When the clay dries, you will be able to pull the paper out. What doesn't come out will burn off in the firing.
I used this method to make stems for some yard-art mushrooms and it worked well.
‚ÄčThe left over spouts, if you have any, you can dry and fire and make wind chimes with them. :) 
 
An alternative to this method would be to go to an auto supply store and buy an oil funnel which is long and tapered and use it to wrap your slabs around.
JohnnyK
Great ideas! Thank you!