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#109408 Bubble Glaze

Posted by ayjay on Yesterday, 07:32 AM

I've had my best results using underglaze for the bubbles (Amaco Velvet) with a clear glaze over the top. The consistency is very important, too wet and you'll have drips and runs (from liquid carried in the bubbles)  spoiling the effect.


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#82664 Drying Bowls - Rim Up Or Rim Down

Posted by ayjay on 28 May 2015 - 06:48 AM

I flip mine over when they're dry enough to take their own weight, but not to prevent warping: I do it to better dry the base.

#80728 I Have My Garden Of Shame

Posted by ayjay on 04 May 2015 - 01:27 PM

There's a tree near the end of my garden which has a whole pile of rejects underneath it, I can't see them, the undergrowth is too dense, I toss them in the general direction from three or four yards away, I'm sure there is a whole new habitat developing under there for little critters.


I also distribute some pieces around the ponds of the New Forest, in a similar vein to above I hope they may help to create a new habitat for something slimy/spiky/slithery.

#76410 Some Changes To The Forum

Posted by ayjay on 28 February 2015 - 11:44 AM

I always wanted bigger muscles 



Bigger muscles will just see you asked to shift heavy things. ^_^


All we need now is an off topic section, somewhere to just jabber about the weather/news/kids/grandparents/etc etc. I can't think of any other forum that I'm a member of which doesn't have one.


You could call it  "Craic Pots"  :- but anything else would do too.  B)

#74736 Amaco Chalks?

Posted by ayjay on 03 February 2015 - 06:29 AM

Info about them from Amaco's website is the only help I can offer.



#69519 Poppies In London

Posted by ayjay on 07 November 2014 - 06:21 PM

It may interest you to know that all the poppies have been sold,  they have raised a total of £11.2m for various military charities.


8000 volunteers are ready to begin dismantling the installation next Wednesday, although there have been calls to leave it in place for an extra few days in order to allow more people to see it.


Ebay will not be allowing the re-sale of any poppies.



#69203 What Else Is Going On (Or Playing) While You Work?

Posted by ayjay on 03 November 2014 - 03:52 AM

The hum of the wheel, rain on the roof, branches scratching the window  - that's both enough and too much noise for me.





#69046 Glaze Materials Storage Containers

Posted by ayjay on 31 October 2014 - 06:31 PM

If you take material out of the maked bag they cam in by all means use a sharpie or waterproof marker to write on the container.

I have seen tons of folks tubs with no idea whats inside as the label fell off long ago-taped or not.

I have found the orginal bag in most cases is the best container as it says whats inside.



one last tip if you insist on containers with labels-put a label on the inside so its always in there after the outer one is long gone-I have often put a paper lablel inside an unmarked bag while i was marking the outside of bag-then no matter what I know what the bag has in it.

I thought you just wrote the name on the door of each barn. ;)

#68893 How Quickly Do You Get Rid Of Failures?

Posted by ayjay on 30 October 2014 - 03:26 AM

  Geez, I wish I had some fence posts!!


I don't use my own fence posts:  the New Forest (140 square miles designated a National Park) just up the road a mile or so has plenty.

#68304 Pictures Of Your Studio

Posted by ayjay on 21 October 2014 - 04:45 PM

:blink:   ok... it seems I need to clean my studio before I take a pic... all of these are glorious compared to my corner of the basement. 

Come on Rebekah, where's your cojones? :D


It can't be any worse than mine.



#68298 What Is Your Most Valuable Piece Of Equipment In Your Studio?

Posted by ayjay on 21 October 2014 - 04:24 PM

" or just plain trees"???  missing something here.

I'm guessing "treasure".


It has to be the kiln for me, everything else is a waste of space without it.

#66908 How Do You Take Photographs And Keep Them Consistent?

Posted by ayjay on 30 September 2014 - 02:15 AM

Looks like I might have to read the manual as I couldn't find the self timer just flicking through the menus. I am going to get round to installing the software on my computer so I can shoot from there with the cable going to the camera.

Should I be shooting in 300dpi ? My camera is shooting in 72dpi (or ppi as it says in the metadata) I have the standard lens 18-55mm.

Check out  *drive mode* for the self timer. Single shot / high speed continuous /low speed continuous / self 10 sec / self 2 sec.


I have no idea how many dpi I use, I just choose the largest file under "Quality"



#66448 Which Do You Prefer For Joining Process?

Posted by ayjay on 21 September 2014 - 04:19 AM

Just to add: I have no trouble with joins coming apart in firing but I've seen it happen several times to others in my class - before you actually make the join the slip must still have a wet shine - it's no use making a long join and taking so long to apply the slip that it's dried before joining - if it has, apply more slip, (subsequent coats will take longer to dry, giving you a little more time)  it must look wet before you join.

#65710 How To Get Started With Old Stains, Etc

Posted by ayjay on 06 September 2014 - 04:18 PM

How do I mix small quantities of glaze? Everywhere I look the speak of 5 gallon buckets! To test the dozen glazes I have, I would like to make small batches of about 250 ml each. What ratio of water to dry glaze do I use?


I often mix small quantities when testing new glazes, usually 100 grams dry weight, to this I will add 90 grams of water, I can't remember that amount ever being too much, sometimes I've used up to 150 grams of water, it depends on the ingredients, but it's easier to add more than to take it out.

#65401 Aus Equivalentof Frit 3195

Posted by ayjay on 31 August 2014 - 03:22 AM

This doesn't mention Australia, but does name some alternatives/equivalents.