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Diana Ferreira

Member Since 21 Oct 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 10 2014 05:41 PM

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In Topic: Fake Horsehair Raku

18 July 2013 - 05:07 AM

thanks everyone!  I personally think Oldlady is a genius, and should be on this forum 24/7.  Your advice is logical and brilliant.  


I cannot do real horsehair.  Do not have the equipment, and is not prepared to fire lower than 1200C for hospitality ware.  


Well, back to the salt mines for me.  got to make new masters for a customer and pack a 15 cf kiln.  Glazed last night and early this morning.  A happy and productive day to all!


In Topic: Fake Horsehair Raku

17 July 2013 - 06:04 PM

Peter, that rings a bell in my head too!  

Slight problem is that my favourite clear glaze has such a wide range.  I will test it at 1100C and see if I can make it crackle.  (this glaze performs perfectly for me at 1160C and my one friend uses it at 1240C.

In Topic: Fake Horsehair Raku

17 July 2013 - 04:56 PM

photo (3)
 Here is an image that I have found - NOT MY OWN WORK!!!  This looks like a stain rubbed into a crackle glaze.  This would also be an option to do.
But obviously I cannot use a crackle glaze, as it is not foodsafe ...

In Topic: Fake Horsehair Raku

17 July 2013 - 04:44 PM

ooh Wyndham, my unglazed exterior is like satin.  (unlike my hands!)  I really work my pieces before and after a bisque firing to get it smooth.  


What does the honey/molasses do?  Do you apply it before or after the glaze?  Normally I only work with a black clay body, but for this client I am using a stoneware white that I will stain to achieve different hues, and would like to use my standard commercial clear glaze that is foodsafe.

In Topic: Fake Horsehair Raku

17 July 2013 - 04:13 PM

I never glaze the outside of my work, Benzine.  This will have to be done on the 'functional' inside of the work.  I could tell the customer 'sorry, no can do'  But I think it would look very good on the design.  This is a restaurant order, and quite substantial amount of work, there is no way that I could hand paint fine lines, etc.  And obviously the work need to be foodsafe.

I am quite happy to fire something three times, if I could get the effect!