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  1. that's fascinating. You're right about prompting ideas. thank you for sharing
  2. I use the stack and slam method for wedging. I like the efficiency of having a fixed wire stand as opposed to pulling wire through the clay. My problem is my "studio" is my dining room. LOL. I have a couple ideas for building a portable wire stand. Before I spend a lot of time fleshing out those ideas, I'd rather not reinvent the wheel if someone has already figured out a good solution. Thanks for any tips
  3. I believe I know the difference, thanks, @Sorcery. Perhaps I should have said dust greenware before BISQUE firing.
  4. I am a self-taught hobbyist and there are a lot of weird gaps in my knowledge. Are you supposed to rinse greenware to get rid of any dust before firing? If yes, how do you do it? Quick run under a faucet? Wipe with damp or wet cloth???? thanks for any help
  5. In a Facebook group that I belong to, Joseph Painted Bear (https://m.facebook.com/JosephClark.PaintedBearKenyon?fref=nf) posted this video about using pinstriping brushes for fine lines: https://youtu.be/9GWnRnV_lEY
  6. @Rae Reich , Just to clarify RE "$15 for 6 9"x9" sheets seems expensive" That's $15 for 6 PACKS of 10 sheets each.
  7. Update for anyone following: I've been trying these various suggestions with some amount of success. What I'm happiest with so far (like....really happy) is the Minnesota Clay Graffito paper. It's a much fast method than anything I've tried to date: as fast as simply tracing a design and it's a really clean, solid and smooth line, completely variable in width depending on what type of tool I use. At first, I was having trouble with it sliding around a bit, but I found that completely taping it down and just scribing over the tape works really well.
  8. This whole conversation is why I so love and value this forum! Always good to know that I have company in my dilemmas and the suggestions typically hit the mark. Thank you @GEP and @S. Dean for @triolazfor the help, and the rest of you for making me laugh and also feel like I'm not all alone out here
  9. I will definitely explore this. It's completely in line with what I have in mind. Thank you
  10. Thank you, Neil. This is a great suggestion and I have thought about it. Maybe with some - a lot - of practice. I have a huge issue with visualization [!!} and I can't mentally work through the layers thing, especially as I want to use two to three different colors at a time. : ) But, definitely a technique I want to try in my spare time haha
  11. I have some rather detailed drawings I paint/draw onto some of my clay items. I've tried a few tools but haven't yet come up with something that is easy to use and creates a pretty consistent fine line. Currently, my best bet is the Mayco Designer Line (https://www.dickblick.com/products/mayco-designer-liners/?clickTracking=true&wmcp=pla&wmcid=items&wmckw=30488-2013&gclid=CjwKCAiAxarQBRAmEiwA6YcGKLDgI7HBdZTzv_Rr2B3JvH5Llnqkbl8iyhM8h12C-BcvR10eB8kOjhoChSUQAvD_BwE) but my "squeezing" touch has to be really, really steady (it's not all that!) to get a consistent line. One of the issues for me with tools that you need to squeeze is that my rather senior hands are not particularly strong. Some of the squeezer type things are just not flexible enough for me. Any tips on technique or specific tools people use are very welcome.
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