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#17546 Porcelain and Ceramic Jewelry

Posted by lynny on 28 May 2012 - 04:51 AM

Hi Fuad,
I thought I had responded to your sanding comments- maybe with this being reposted its been deleted.
Wet sanding should not create any dust at all. I use automotive suppliers wet sand paper as it gives the smoothest finish.
Half fill a bucket with water and I put all the jewellery needing sanding in there. Work on one at a time underwater = no dust!
Its a very fast process so doesnt add much to the making process, they end up smooth as glass.
I find over time they can become marked when worn often, but I just wash mine in soapy water with a soft brush and also advise buyers the same.
hope this helps Lyn

#17345 Porcelain and Ceramic Jewelry

Posted by lynny on 20 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

Hi Fued
I should of mentioned the texture stamped ones that I fire on prongs are earthenware- oops
But the porcelain, that I wet sand have never had complaints re staining etc you mentioned. The clay is vitrified and easily washed in soapy water if needed.
I put finished bracelets and rings in a bucket of water and use fine grade wet/dry sand paper that is used in the auto motive industry.
Then actually sand them under water- this guarantees no scratches and there is no dust at all. It is time consuming if there are a lot to do.
But if I was to cost out what it takes to do each one its minimal and wouldnt affect sell price that much. Its sort of a brainless job that can be done in front of the tv.
good luck, they are very popular at the moment.

#17324 Porcelain and Ceramic Jewelry

Posted by lynny on 20 May 2012 - 10:05 AM

Attached File  IMG_0143.jpg   340.6KB   78 downloadsAttached File  IMG_0095.jpg   209.24KB   96 downloadsHi all,
I havnt posted here since last year, but am still an avid reader of this great forum.
I make a range of jewellery and had to do lots of testing to get results that I'm happy with.
The coloured texture stamps bracelets are glazed all over and final fired on 3 pronged sitters.
The coloured porcelain is very much trickier. If I glazed all over and hung from a wire support, they stretched out of round.
So I now wet polish the interior, so they feel great against the skin- some I also polish the outside and leave unglazed.
But others I clear glaze on the exterior and fire them laying on the rim with some calcined alumina on the shelf.
The rings took me a long time to get a solution. The ones in this image are glazed all over and are sitting in little clay mounts I made for them and re-use.
You can see I use calcined alumina here to, and because its such a small surface a light wet polish after firing smooths this surface well.
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#13564 Plus minus ratings system

Posted by lynny on 14 February 2012 - 07:30 PM

Hi all,
I'm not sure why this thread started......... but because of it discovered I am -2 ?!?!
If I have said anything to offend pls accept my apologies, no intention there.
This forum has proved to me to be the most sharing and wise discussion group I've come across. An incredible resource for learning from.
I read all discussions regularly and have learnt so much from here- thank you for the variety of topic and the breadth of response, knowledge and experience shared
Having never noticed my negative rating before I'm choosing to ignore it and if anyone has a beef with me I hope they contact me to discuss
cheers Lyn

#13364 selling stuff at a local shop!

Posted by lynny on 10 February 2012 - 08:06 PM

Congrats Buckeye on having your work 'out there' in a shop. It's an exciting feeling but at the same a little intimidating to expose yourself publicly lol -for me anyway, slight lack of confidence here
I agree so much on the way a shop displays your work. Just before Christmas a local tea emporium put out 3 of my tea sets, and displayed them in a stunning way. I havnt had any sales but really appreciate the trouble they went to in setting my pieces up.

#12873 Looking for specific tools

Posted by lynny on 01 February 2012 - 05:58 AM

was it Bill Van Gilder??
try looking here http://www.vangilder.../vgp_store.html

cheers, Lyn

#12685 Additions to slip for speckles?

Posted by lynny on 26 January 2012 - 04:21 AM

Hi all
I did some experiments with granular illmenite last year and thought you may want to see an image.
This was a very simple addition of 1 teaspoon of illmenite in 1 cup of Cesco brush on clear gloss glaze (fired to 1260c) in oxidation. Some stunning steely blues and a range of brown tones have emerged- the photo prob doesnt do it justice.
I didn't ever do any inclusions into slips but think I will now.
cheers Lyn

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#10996 Recommendations for A New Used Kiln

Posted by lynny on 14 December 2011 - 05:43 PM

Hi, I have no technical knowledge, so cant help there but have a few comments.
I've had 3 kilns, all second hand and all with unknown history and no manuals. I had a electrical safety check done them on first.
The first one I stacked with stilts, shelves and furniture and did some heats with cones on 3 areas (I was told its not good to heat an empty kiln). All very interesting but didnt actually provide me with a heap of info.
Now after nearly 400 firings I've decided kilns have a 'personality', a quirkiness that is unique to them.
After the usual safety tests I think you will get to know your new kiln with each firing.
Have fun, it sounds like a gem!

BTW- Arnold always blows me away with how generous he is, and quick of the mark, to share so much tech data on kilns!

#10419 4 more ribs!

Posted by lynny on 21 November 2011 - 06:28 PM

Hi Buckeye & others,
I know this is not about the ribs (which BTW are gorgeous!) but I would like to upload images occassionally here and they end up being huge! As in taking up 4 x times the screen space.
Last time I compressed them and the same thing happened, so I've always removed them.
In the past week somewhere on one of the forums I've noticed some one else had the same problem.

Is there any one on here who can explain how this is done so the images are a reasonable size?

many thanks, Lyn

#10079 selling and marketing work & introduction

Posted by lynny on 09 November 2011 - 08:05 PM

oooops! First time I've done this- I've doubled up on images and the files are too big- sorry :(