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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    Soooo, it's been a while.
     
    Poor Cap'n Cavy was stuck under moist paper towels and plastic for weeks, but I got reinspired to work on him again these past couple of days. I'd say he's undergone quite a transformation since the last time I posted a progress shot--he was a head, a round body, and two legs with one boot.
     
    I still have a ways to go, but am liking this direction. ♥ He stands about 7.5" tall.
     
    I'm having a real hard time with this clay body. Clay Art Center of Tacoma's redart with mica is pretty, but lousy for handbuilding, when compared to their seward terracotta. Lesson learned...
     
    So, here he is! Remember, he's still not finished!
     
    (Hnngh...my poor hands.)






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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Nettle in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    He's so much fun, I really love him. I was thinking of making a ratty with two pinch pot spheres, but trying to make him look like a soft toy.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Roberta12 in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    Cavvy, love the coat
    LOVE the earring
    Love the collar
    All the details.
    Cap n' is worth the time you have spent and will spend!
     
    Roberta
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    Soooo, it's been a while.
     
    Poor Cap'n Cavy was stuck under moist paper towels and plastic for weeks, but I got reinspired to work on him again these past couple of days. I'd say he's undergone quite a transformation since the last time I posted a progress shot--he was a head, a round body, and two legs with one boot.
     
    I still have a ways to go, but am liking this direction. ♥ He stands about 7.5" tall.
     
    I'm having a real hard time with this clay body. Clay Art Center of Tacoma's redart with mica is pretty, but lousy for handbuilding, when compared to their seward terracotta. Lesson learned...
     
    So, here he is! Remember, he's still not finished!
     
    (Hnngh...my poor hands.)






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from glazenerd in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    Soooo, it's been a while.
     
    Poor Cap'n Cavy was stuck under moist paper towels and plastic for weeks, but I got reinspired to work on him again these past couple of days. I'd say he's undergone quite a transformation since the last time I posted a progress shot--he was a head, a round body, and two legs with one boot.
     
    I still have a ways to go, but am liking this direction. ♥ He stands about 7.5" tall.
     
    I'm having a real hard time with this clay body. Clay Art Center of Tacoma's redart with mica is pretty, but lousy for handbuilding, when compared to their seward terracotta. Lesson learned...
     
    So, here he is! Remember, he's still not finished!
     
    (Hnngh...my poor hands.)






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    Soooo, it's been a while.
     
    Poor Cap'n Cavy was stuck under moist paper towels and plastic for weeks, but I got reinspired to work on him again these past couple of days. I'd say he's undergone quite a transformation since the last time I posted a progress shot--he was a head, a round body, and two legs with one boot.
     
    I still have a ways to go, but am liking this direction. ♥ He stands about 7.5" tall.
     
    I'm having a real hard time with this clay body. Clay Art Center of Tacoma's redart with mica is pretty, but lousy for handbuilding, when compared to their seward terracotta. Lesson learned...
     
    So, here he is! Remember, he's still not finished!
     
    (Hnngh...my poor hands.)






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Sputty in Cap'n Cavy Progress Photos (Help?)   
    Soooo, it's been a while.
     
    Poor Cap'n Cavy was stuck under moist paper towels and plastic for weeks, but I got reinspired to work on him again these past couple of days. I'd say he's undergone quite a transformation since the last time I posted a progress shot--he was a head, a round body, and two legs with one boot.
     
    I still have a ways to go, but am liking this direction. ♥ He stands about 7.5" tall.
     
    I'm having a real hard time with this clay body. Clay Art Center of Tacoma's redart with mica is pretty, but lousy for handbuilding, when compared to their seward terracotta. Lesson learned...
     
    So, here he is! Remember, he's still not finished!
     
    (Hnngh...my poor hands.)






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Sheryl Leigh in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Thanks, everyone!
     
    @Sheryl: Guinea pigs are ALL my muses! I love them so much! ♥
     
    @Marcia: Sweet; Clay Art Center has lowfire paperclay, so I'll have to get some!
     
    More WIPs to come. Avast ye!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Roberta12 in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Awww, thanks for the kind words.
    Well, I made the head and body separately. The head is a pinch pot with air holes in the nostrils, mouth, and neck, and the body was pinched, piece by piece, with a hole on top to match the hole under the head. I made the legs separately, too, putting them on with a wad of clay under the body to keep it stable. As for burnishing, nah. My hands are too shot for that kinda work (I have psoriatic arthritis); I just kinda smooth it with my fingers and a small rib. The mica is also still there, but will appear as white flecks once the piece has been glazed.
     
    I finished one of his wee little boots last night; OMG ITZ SO KYOOOOOT!! Sorry for the crap quality pic, lol...

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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Marcia Selsor in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Paper clay takes glaze just fine. I doubt if you would notice a difference from regular clay.
    marcia
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Hee. I couldn't wait to go any further before I posted a pic! My hands are fried today, so he probably won't get worked on again until tomorrow, buuuut...
     
    Here he is! Cap'n Cavy, the guinea pig pirate!
     
    Bear in mind that he is still in a really primitive stage. He'll get a royal pirate treatment by the time I'm done fixing him up! ♥
     
    I think this is the last time I'm gonna build with Clay Art Center's redart with mica. It throws really nicely, but it takes a lot of effort to blend smoothly and isn't as plastic as the Xtra White stuff. Their Seward Terracotta is also more friendly for handbuilding. I've been thinking about trying paperclay, but I'm not sure how well it takes underglaze...I've never used it before, but I hear it's heaven for sculpture. :3
     
    Welp, there you are!


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Pugaboo in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Hee. I couldn't wait to go any further before I posted a pic! My hands are fried today, so he probably won't get worked on again until tomorrow, buuuut...
     
    Here he is! Cap'n Cavy, the guinea pig pirate!
     
    Bear in mind that he is still in a really primitive stage. He'll get a royal pirate treatment by the time I'm done fixing him up! ♥
     
    I think this is the last time I'm gonna build with Clay Art Center's redart with mica. It throws really nicely, but it takes a lot of effort to blend smoothly and isn't as plastic as the Xtra White stuff. Their Seward Terracotta is also more friendly for handbuilding. I've been thinking about trying paperclay, but I'm not sure how well it takes underglaze...I've never used it before, but I hear it's heaven for sculpture. :3
     
    Welp, there you are!


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Hee. I couldn't wait to go any further before I posted a pic! My hands are fried today, so he probably won't get worked on again until tomorrow, buuuut...
     
    Here he is! Cap'n Cavy, the guinea pig pirate!
     
    Bear in mind that he is still in a really primitive stage. He'll get a royal pirate treatment by the time I'm done fixing him up! ♥
     
    I think this is the last time I'm gonna build with Clay Art Center's redart with mica. It throws really nicely, but it takes a lot of effort to blend smoothly and isn't as plastic as the Xtra White stuff. Their Seward Terracotta is also more friendly for handbuilding. I've been thinking about trying paperclay, but I'm not sure how well it takes underglaze...I've never used it before, but I hear it's heaven for sculpture. :3
     
    Welp, there you are!


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from D Walsh in New Piece, Super Early Progress   
    Hee. I couldn't wait to go any further before I posted a pic! My hands are fried today, so he probably won't get worked on again until tomorrow, buuuut...
     
    Here he is! Cap'n Cavy, the guinea pig pirate!
     
    Bear in mind that he is still in a really primitive stage. He'll get a royal pirate treatment by the time I'm done fixing him up! ♥
     
    I think this is the last time I'm gonna build with Clay Art Center's redart with mica. It throws really nicely, but it takes a lot of effort to blend smoothly and isn't as plastic as the Xtra White stuff. Their Seward Terracotta is also more friendly for handbuilding. I've been thinking about trying paperclay, but I'm not sure how well it takes underglaze...I've never used it before, but I hear it's heaven for sculpture. :3
     
    Welp, there you are!


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Making Underglazes (Or Stains...) Run Under A Cone 6 Clear   
    Yeah, I'm the proclaimed "Underglaze Queen" of the forum (Paul's fault! ), and here is my experience with wanting a more "watercolorey" effect with your underglaze.
     
    When I was first starting out, I worked in midrange uderglazing. For me, the glazes tended to bleed and run the most when I added too much clear glaze over them. It was wholly accidental on my part--rookie error, haha. But, if you like that effect, make some standing test tiles and muck about with the layering of clear. Also, adding gerstley borate as a flux to your underglazes should up the bleed factor a bit, too, especially with Mason Stains. Play around with the ratios until you get the desired effect.
     
    I work in lowfire sculpture instead of throwing now (easier on my poor creaky body), but underglazing is still my primary surface treatment. ♥
     
    -Guinea
     
    P.S. I almost forgot; watering down the underglaze and splotching it on with a small sponge or brush makes for nice effects, too. Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to see some of my watercolorey technique. I have lotsa animal portrait stuff in there that relied on my underglazes blending smoothly, especially the brown lop rabbits.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    Heehee!! Awww, thanks so much, guys! Fred is glaze firing the fox and my mom's bowl, as well as a few other random things. I hope hope HOPE everything turns out okay. I guess I'll find out mañana!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Babs in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    Fantastic Mt Fox.. takes more t han a fualty plug to fool with this fox!
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to preeta in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    it shows when you develop the eye or should i say the touch too, no matter what you touch turns to gold
     
    looks beautiful. smart idea to slip/underglaze and then dip in clear. makes glazing so much easier. 
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from aperhapshand in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Joy pots in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from elisethomas in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Pugaboo in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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