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#110567 Found New Textured Paper!

Posted by ayjay on 26 July 2016 - 05:51 AM


i have used wallpaper and have several pieces that came from sample books that the store said was outdated.  you might be able to find it in paint stores that sell wallpaper.  look for Anaglypta which is heavily embossed and the patterns are usually very large.



Also look for Lincrusta:  you can get samples. B)



#110087 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by ayjay on 13 July 2016 - 02:42 PM

Sarcasm, I've had to give up: I'm just too good, and if I've learned nothing else in life I have learned that it's one skill where perfection is never appreciated.

#110078 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by ayjay on 13 July 2016 - 10:44 AM

I'm not sure I've mastered anything, I've spent 50 years earning a living nailing bits of wood together, (mostly roofs for the last ten years, cos I like doing roofs, I'm reasonably competent at that.


I take photos of Butterflies and Dragonflies in the warmer weather, I'm not bad at that, most of my pics are opportunistic, I don't have the patience to wait or just go out looking for that one perfect shot.


I'm a reasonable cook, proper food, not just heating packet stuff, I do all of the cooking at home for myself and the wife.


I can drink beer, (but not if it's fizzy).


I could procrastinate for England if it was ever necessary.


It's not much is it? 


I may just be getting depressed now if I don't think of anything more worthwhile. ;) 

#109985 Spraying Mugs.

Posted by ayjay on 11 July 2016 - 06:50 AM

I'm fortunate in that I don't make pots for a living, I think if I'd started earlier in life I could have handled the production side of things , but the selling would have been a nightmare, not my cup of tea at all.


I too really appreciate all of Mark's input and the many insights that he provides into production pottery.


So I make pots for fun, I sell some along the way, but it's not really why I make them.


Spraying a large quantity does require careful planning if it's not going to take forever, (especially without running water in my garagio). I make a list (and rough sketch) of everything that needs spraying and plan what will be glazed with what and jot it down next to each sketch, then count up each mention for each glaze and make sure that I've done that many pots with each glaze before changing over.


The top hat worked surprisingly well, it appears to have actually deflected any glaze from the top 1/4" of each mug. I'll attempt to make a better one now, or even several of different diameters to get just the right overhang on each article.


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.........and clean insides........


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.......and no misses on the handles that were pre-sprayed with the airbrush :)

#109712 Qotw: Can You Do Whatever You Want To A Bought Piece Of Art?

Posted by ayjay on 02 July 2016 - 05:30 PM

Feel free to do what you like with anything you buy,  it's yours after all - no-one else's.


If I liked something enough to buy it with my own hard-earned cash, I'd be buying it cos I like it as it is.


If I'd felt the need to alter it I would have bought something else instead.


.......but I'm a simple sort of person - (simple as in uncomplicated). -_-





#109674 Ceramic Pendant Necklace

Posted by ayjay on 01 July 2016 - 05:42 PM

  talk to Dirt roads pottery.  sharon uses glue on metal findings and can point you in the right direction.



Me too. (E6000 glue).


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#109633 'lava' Glaze: Silicon Carbide Vs Barium Sulfate

Posted by ayjay on 30 June 2016 - 04:13 PM



Using silicon carbide yields some wonderful bubbling and crawling but the color is pretty much dark grey or darker at cone 5/6.




I've recently started playing with SC, my first test only used 3.4% SC and fired to ^6 it was white. (There's also a  bit of green glaze showing at the top). Using more SC has just given me a nasty black result.   I would try reducing the amount of SC.


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#109593 Qotw: Are We Potters Crazy?

Posted by ayjay on 29 June 2016 - 01:44 AM

Crazy? I hope so, I'd hate to think there's another explanation. <_< 

#109408 Bubble Glaze

Posted by ayjay on 26 June 2016 - 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.