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  1. Thanks for the advice. I tried it over underglaze and it did work much better. I think maybe the bubbles need something to grab rather than the smooth bisque.
  2. Good Morning: The shaving cream glazing is so easy and the kids love it and it is so simple. Simply spray shaving cream on a clean table or newsprint. I tell them to make a 8.5" x 11" square by 1" thick, obviously that changes depending on the size of the piece. Then I put different color underglaze in small squirt bottle ( I bought clear ketchup bottles from the dollar store) and they used these to squirt the glaze onto the shaving cream. Once this is complete have them marbleize the glaze into the shaving cream. They struggle a bit with the next step. I often have them practice with a small pinch pot first because it takes a bit of coordination. Have them set the piece in the shaving cream and roll the piece until it back to were they started. My video isn't edited or I would add it here. I believe there are some on youtube. It is fun and just an exciting way for students to utilize glaze in a non-traditional way. Hope that helps.
  3. Yeah, I figured it would just take some experimenting with getting the consistency down. I have been scrapping the little bubbles off but the paper is a good idea. I think the struggle is getting the underglaze to stay with the bubbles as they are made. I keep trying and get back with the results. Keep posting if anyone else has any suggestions. FYI, high schoolers love the underglaze and shaving approach to the marbleized look. Thanks for the help.
  4. I applied it to bisqueware and I am using underglaze.
  5. Good Morning: I want to try the bubble glazing with my high school students. I used the google machine to try and find a good recipe but everyone has something different. I tried a couple and every none of them worked amazingly well. I found the soapy liquid tends to run down the side of the pot and only leave a few bubbled spots. I tried using less water, that worked a little bit better. I also found I had to get the bubbles started and scrap the first layer off because these bubbles were to small. Does anyone have a recipe that they have had good success with and do you have any tips for success. I have watched every video on youtube so I am looking for additional information. I have attached my experiments below. Thank you.
  6. Good Morning: I am planning out the remainder of my curriculum for Ceramics One. I have been teaching ceramics for about 9 years...and there is still so much to learn! As most of you know Ceramics One is a foundations class where students learn the basic techniques of Ceramics. We create the standard pinch pot, pinch pot combo, coiling and slab. I usually changed the requirements for each technique every year so I do not get bored and I continue to learn. However, I have hit a brain block. I am so tired of doing traditional coil pots. I have done pretty much all the different typical themes. Face jugs, Jomon, Exposed coils, abstract, Greek vases, cookie jars, sgraffito, etc. Have any of you done anything with the "coiling technique" that does not involve the traditional coil pot style? I feel like I am stuck in the 70's when it comes to coiling. I have a lot of ideas but they do not involve students building up with coils and I feel like that is sort of the point of teaching the coiling technique. Of course I have looked at websites, books, pintrest, artist pages. But, again most suggested ideas involve a coil pot when you break it down. I will take any ideas that you may have. Thanks for your help.
  7. I am intrigued with the cement board. I know I can get it at the hardware store. Does it not warp or breakdown when it gets wet? Do you have anything covering it or do students work right on the cement board? Thanks.
  8. O' No worries. I didn't take it like that. I was just responding. I appreciate all the suggestions and help
  9. I see what you mean by the way it looks. I didn't hit it against anything though. I usually do test tiles and this one in particular turned out fine. Unfortunately, when I actually put it on a bowl I didn't have the same luck. Thanks for all the advice. I will make a few more test tiles and keep working at it.
  10. Thank you. I added another pic. I think all the glazes I am using are simply to thick. I applied Mayco Stroke and Coat SC 87 to a bowl. The jar says 2-3 layers for opaque color. This is what I did and still got chipping. I fired at ^05. Does the chipping have to do with applying to thick. Apparently this is my achilles heel.
  11. Couple things. I do wash right under the tap so I'll switch to wiping with a sponge before glazing period. Second, I thinned the clear glaze with water and that solved the problem. I was a little hesitant because I didn't want to make it to thin. But, it all worked out and it seems to be firing properly now. I do not have a viscosity scoop, is there another way to check this or does anyone know approximately how much water should be added to a 5 gallon bucket of amaco clear glaze for future thinning? Thanks for all the advice. I learned a lot.
  12. ok, good to know. I am not washing them before I dip because I have underglaze on them. Maybe I should thin the glaze with water?
  13. I'll re-post a pic of the plates that are firing right now in a day or two. Thanks for all the suggestions. If these don't turn out I may go back to brushing the clear on. The clear I am dipping in is for dipping not brushing. Is it alright to brush on dipping glaze or will it fire badly?
  14. I am firing the bisque at ^04 and the glaze at ^05. I have always fired at this temp but usually brush the clear on. I was trying to find a faster way to clear coat so I thought dipping would be a good solution. I did not rub the bubbles out. I thought perhaps the glaze would melt enough and fill them in. There are bubbles on the surface of the glaze after I have mixed it whether it is hand mixed or with an electric mixer. I will spray it with some alcohol and see what happens. I have a two more plates I am going to fire. I mixed the clear and tapped the bucket to settle the bubbles before dipping. But, I still got air bubbles on the plates. I'm still at a loss.
  15. Thanks for the help. I always wash my bisque before glazing. I do all my glazing in one session so I don't think any dust would get on the pieces in that short amount of time, I also use a turn table when glazing to avoid finger prints and when I dip I use tongs. I thought of all those things that is why I am a little stumped. I want to use this glaze with my students so I need to get this figured out. We have a small budget so I don't want to waste this glaze. Any additional thoughts or ideas.
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