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  1. Hi again, thanks for taking the time to respond. I haven't worked as large as your lion but I have seen people using iron mesh reinforced plaster slabs instead of glass. The benifit of this is that you can let the bottom go off a bit as the plaster is sucking the water, but if things get too dry you can water the plaster bat which helps keep the bottom leathery hard. I don't know if this method would help you or not. I do know that in terms of bigger/ heavier mural work, working on a non flexible fiberglass panel covered in burlap works well. Best Trina
  2. Thank you Christine, yeah the glass and the shrink wrap idea is the same, It wasn't that the glass wouldnt shrink- it's the glass prevented the BOTTOM of the slab of clay from getting any air circulation at all- the plastic wrap would have had the same result there. The result was the 4 sides and top of the slab all dried quickly and started to shrink, while the bottom stayed soft, and that was causing a curling up where the center of the slab was flat on the glass but the front, rear and sides were pulling up, and at one point there was a good 1/4" gap all around because of that. My problem was the weight- 850 pounds, and the lion' s sitting up on a relatively small area, plus the fact it's heavy upper body was starting to lean forward. I could do nothing with the base and bottom till it was all firm enough to survive the crushing force from straps to hoist it up off the modelling stand, and that was what worked fine in the end. Hi again, thanks for taking the time to respond. I haven't worked as large as your lion but I have seen people using iron mesh reinforced plaster slabs instead of glass. The benifit of this is that you can let the bottom go off a bit as the plaster is sucking the water, but if things get too dry you can water the plaster bat which helps keep the bottom leathery hard. I don't know if this method would help you or not. I do know that in terms of bigger/ heavier mural work, working on a non flexible fiberglass panel covered in burlap works well. Best Trina Thank you, your best bet is to smooth-on.com and browse their extensive videos and tutorials, it's far too involved and complex to do in a text description here, it's best seen in a video. Make no mistake, the silicone mold rubber is not cheap, it's a platinum cure composition and as you know platinum is a very costly metal. I generally figure on $300 for costs per mold for materials for pieces like that Art Deco panel pictured since their normal size kit is 2 gallons which runs a little over $200 plus UPS. </h3> Well, "cast stone" is just a generic term for any material you add water to that chemically hardens, anything from Plaster of Paris to concrete, like "xerox" is a generic term for all copies you make on a copy machine. Most people use hydrocal or hydrostone, but its not available near me anywhere, and while I can ORDER it from a supplier 2 horus away, they dont stock or carry it, so they have to order a full pallet worth- (40) 100 pound bags of it which plus the freight is around $2500 However, I found the place i get my clay from- Continental clay, in Minnisota has a comparable product by another maker, and in 50 pound bags which is a DREAM come true! Whats even better is I can order what I need as they stock it. Lets face it, hauling flimsy, easy to break, hard to grab hold of paper sacks of hydrocal weighing 100# thru the house, down a flight of stairs to the basement is a real pain in the behind, not to mention when there's 40 of them that have to come inside right on delivery day in case of rain. 50# bags are MUCH nicer! The stuff K5 densite runs about 43 cents a pound, 1,000# ran me about $430 plus about $125 for freight, but I lucked out recently, they shipped the wrong stuff by accident, they had gotten a shipment of FAST set formula from the supplier and didn't realize it, didn't even know they HAD different formulas. I get the bags home and needed to cast a couple of pieces and man,the stuff set so fast I almost couldn't get it poured out of the pail before it did. They called me up and asked if I had gotten into the bags yet, yep I had Well, long story short, they got the right regular set stuff in and replaced the entire 1,000 shipment for free, including freight, and said not to return the other stuff. I found that if I mix them 50/50 the set time is just about normal, so I got about $525 worth of the material at no charge which I will be able to make use of rather than discarding. Keep in mind none of these products can be placed outdoors, hydrocal, hydrostone etc are all interior only.
  3. Eck, and what if i have bad taste.... trina
  4. HI again, I would love some more info about cast stone....what reading material can you recommend. Trina
  5. Wow fantastic work, I would love to learn more about what you are doing! I do loads of tile work and murals as well but would love to do something in that style. I have done a art deco like mermaid in tiles and love the style. Opps having problems attaching a pic...will try later Trina Trying again with the picture..... it worked i think....
  6. Hey great vid, would have loved to see it a bit more slowly so I could get a better look at all the wonderful objects and paintings! Well Done Trina
  7. Hard question to answer but i think you answered it yourself, you are using glazes that have been created by other people, and it suits them. Maybe you need to start mixing and testing your own glazes and get one that is right for you. Yes I KNOW this takes ages but in the learning you will create something for you and by you. Trina
  8. Wow fantastic work, I would love to learn more about what you are doing! I do loads of tile work and murals as well but would love to do something in that style. I have done a art deco like mermaid in tiles and love the style. Opps having problems attaching a pic...will try later Trina
  9. When I make the odd sieve, I get some mesh from the hardware store and then I go to a plumbing supply store and buy as large as I want sewage connector pipes. One side is a bit bigger than the other so when you put the mesh on one side and then fit them together you get a super sieve. Hope that makes sense. Trina
  10. Makes sense. Most of the work is just slip attached though. Some have suggested I make the application and bisque fire it then glaze in place. I don't see this as an answer. Too much detail to manipulate without a fixed surface for one thing and having to make sure everything stays in place in the glaze fire is another. I will check with High water. I also have some grog I can add to a clay that i use regularly Standard 259...Comments from Marica will be appreciated. If you are in Raleigh as noted and can do so, share the word about the Naked/Ferric class with Wally and Sue I mentioned in March with some of your Potters..please. Wow after seeing your cracks, I felt really bad for you. It is always such a disapointment when you open the kiln arrrg... Anyway I think you need a groggier clay as well...I live in spain so I can't offer advice about a premix ready clay as I am pretty sure it is different here. So wait for Marica... I didn't make it up to my studio today, but am sure the slab building with a frame book I have will be of some help. Trina
  11. I normally have something in mind when I do a project. What do you have in mind maybe I can help. T
  12. Hi there, could also be a clay problem. What are you using? I have a very old potters book and describes a great way to make large slabs. I will bring it back from the studio when I go tomorrow and try to scan in the section. T
  13. Fab tea sets!! You should be really proud of those babies!!! Trina
  14. Hi there, I live in a very warm climate so i dont really suffer from the problems of cold. Clay freezes at the same temps as water, normally I would think that as long as your temps dont go under 0C you should be good. Although working with reall cold clay must be hard on the hands brrrrr.... I know some people use small coal bricket ovens to keepthings warmer, but I dont know how feasable that is for you. I get cheaper rate if i use electric at night so that might be an option. My kiln is outside and have used it in the coldest days here 5C with no problem. Hope that helps a bit... Trina
  15. Hey great, Glad all is up and running. I have a kiln that i need to get fixed up. ECK. I keep procrastinating about it, the thermocouple got killed when it got moved to my studio. I cringe internally when people start talking about amps and volts... I think I might dig a big pit Trina
  16. I read all the posts again and tried to answer, but I guess after thinking about it, the real question is what is good art? and is what you're trying to express and what you have in your minds eye what you are producing. I think for me that is the biggest battle and the one I fight everyday, when does what I make move the viewer on an emotional level (for me that is art). I want to know that the piece in the kiln IS going to be as FAB as I imagine it to be even before I open the door. And the only way to get there is produce as much as you can and mean IT .... Trina oh ya and if that fails there IS always glitter
  17. No, you salt glaze It! I enjoy your posts. TJR. Nope...you take it home because you have some acrylic paints and glitter..... Trina
  18. Ha! I love the spoon idea!!! I too have tried various ways try to remember what was in that pot. I tend to use plastic shot glasses....ummmm... anyway I will get a bag of plastic spoons and change my life. Other than not procrastinating about production work the only other tip I have is...Don't let anyone in the studio on those days, they just wanna talk and I loose total concentration.... Trina
  19. Hey thanks! All good words help the inspiration bug!!! Trina
  20. Hi there, I have been having a bit of a downer since Christmas, feeling a bit lardy and bla way too much sugar!! However I found that stopping with the sugar and going out with my dogs in the fresh air helps. I was in the studio this morning looking at a dreaded commission (hehhehe) and decided that having a look in some old sketch books and looking at old photos of things of the past helps. It gives me that 'Oh ya. I wanted to do that and that with that thing next time or a series of that and that' I love making salt and pepper shakers like the ones on my ID photo thing, so I go back to that theme time and time again....I can tell though that I am brewing another big mural it is in me somewhere and my subconcious is going let me have it when the time is right. So what this space. Trina
  21. I would love you to see my video I think that is the link. If that doesn't work just go to you tube and put in making of a mural by trina doerr and it will come up. Ya, I love living in Spain today it is sunny and about 20C. I am going to try to send you a pic of some of my little monster people. It might make you laugh...Trina Quite an endeavor, with great results. You should be tickled pink! Ah Thanks Trina
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