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In Topic: Community Challenge #2 - Results

Yesterday, 04:58 PM

Congratulations, everyone.

Nicely done1


In Topic: Glaze Chemistry, Is It Really Biology?

Yesterday, 08:44 AM


I always think of a stoneware kiln as firing at the temperature the earth was created. 2380 degrees F., or 1100 degrees C.

I know iron melts at 2,000F, so we are hotter than that.

I am not thinking biology, but chemistry.

I have 3 compost bins and a big garden. That is where biology fits for me.

Not a criticism of your idea-just another thought.


In Topic: Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

Yesterday, 08:34 AM

For those of us this side of the pond can someone explain what Caro syrup or sugar syrup is?

I've used vinegar slip on greenware with mixed success, perhaps syrup will make all the difference?

On the other hand I've had good results with Mayco's clay mender on bisque and even glazed pieces, where very small (3mm broken surface) pieces have been knocked off. See pic. (these bowls are generally 5-6" diameter). Takes a lot of patience and a delicate touch, but so does the initial making, so I've deemed it worth the investment - time & emotional!

I have learnt to only work on these pieces when I can give them my full concentration - the slightest carelessness will see a piece of the 'stencil' on the work table. I have to tell myself when to stop clean up at the greenware stage - and leave it until it's bisqued. Also, I now sandwich the v thin slab for cutting the stencil, between cling film throughout the whole procedure, including drying.attachicon.gifimage.jpg


We can't buy Caro syrup here in Canada either. It's any cheap syrup. Aunt Jemima works. It's the stickyness you want.

Don't be using your good Canadain Maple Syrup for this job. Make some pancakes for that.


In Topic: Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

Yesterday, 08:31 AM



1/3 your clay body

1/3 vinegar

1/3 Caro syrup or other cheap sugar syrup.

Mix it up. Put it on to repair. Let dry and sand to taste.



Hi TJR, is that by weight or by volume?


I just go a table spoon of your vinegar and a spoon full of syrup added to a goop of your wet clay scraps.

i go by eye. Just mix it up so it looks like a paste. If too thick, add more vinegar. You will only need like a quarter cup of mix.


In Topic: Can This Piece Be Salvaged?

31 July 2015 - 03:55 PM

OK, so what I am hearing is no need to Bisque first.  I will give it a try.  Thanks guys.

Don't bisque. Spooze is a repair recipe for raw clay cracks.

You goop it on, let dry, then sand, then bisque.