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In Topic: Slip Transfer Help For Leather Hard Work

19 August 2013 - 11:21 AM

Mel340 - You can get really cheap pads of newsprint from the art or craft store and it flexes a bit more than printer paper so is easier to wrap around a rounded form. You might try that and see if it helps you get a nice release.
I paid a little over a $100 for my printer which is pretty good I think. The toner cartridge lasts a long time too so even for printing other stuff it's cheaper to use than an inkjet.
I have Paul Wandless book as well plus a couple more all of which are super helpful in figuring this stuff out.


Even cheaper than pads of newsprint.....I go to the newspaper office and purchase the "end rolls."  These are the rolls of newsprint that only have one inch of paper left on them; not enough to leave on the press, but plenty to use....They charge me $1 apiece.

In Topic: Cracking Up!

18 August 2013 - 12:35 PM

Thank you for your thoughts on this, Oldlady and Denice.

Btw, this is not my first kiln, but it is my first BIG kiln. The cracks go pretty much all of the way across the lid and intersect in the center. I have kiln cement and I will try that.

Does anyone know if there is a way to attach or add anything to the lid to contribute to its structural integrity?  I am worried because the cracks are the entire width of the lid. Even though I am not using chunks, I have this morbid fantasy of the lid just caving in......yikes....


In Topic: Materials to press into clay for random texture

05 August 2013 - 08:28 PM

Chopped walnuts make a great texture.

In Topic: Horse Hair Surface Decoration

03 July 2013 - 09:26 PM

Use a fine grained clay body, and burnish it before firing. Heat to 1200F, pull it from the kiln, add the horse hair QUICKLY, then cover it with a bucket to slow the cooling. Wash it down after it cools, let it dry for a couple of days, then wax and buff the surface with any car wax.

What kind of clay are you using when you do this?

In Topic: cut on hand! help :(

28 June 2013 - 08:36 AM

Put on a very light dressing and use a finger cot (sort of a "finger condom"). Then your other fingers can remain uncovered....