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  1. Hi Neil, I am slipcasting it. The form doesn't have an undercast, but it has a center core, the object shrinks around this core (you can see it in the photos). It shrinks itself stuck in the mold, if I leave it in the mold for too long, it will shrink until it breaks. I cleaned the molds, and soon I will see if the problem is solved. Patrick
  2. Thank you for the replies. The patches are closer to a satin finish. What I forgot to mention, and is probably the cause of this problem. The form I am slipcasting is difficult to get out of the mold, therefore I used some talc powder in the mould to make it easier to get out of the mold. But when I bought the talk, there was no ceramic store nearby, so I bought baby-powder , lol.... I just read the ingredients list on the packaging of this powder, apparently there's not only talc in there, there's also some other ingredient's: zinc-oxide and hydrated silica! Probaby not the ingredients you want to have on your unglazed porcelain, right?
  3. Hi both, thank you for your replies, just to give some more information: - I sanded the whole object after the bisque firing, and the spots only appear on some areas, it seems random. Off course it could be, that I sanded a little bit more on those spots... - I mixed the stain in the porcelain body. I think the cause must be the sanding in between, because before I didn't had this problem. But I still need to finish (sanding) the pieces before the final firing. When the porcelain is fired high, it's just to hard for sanding. Could it be that if I sand with a coarser sanding paper, this burnishing (what it could be) wouldn't happen? Kind regards, Patrick
  4. Hi everybody, This is my first post here, nice to meet you all. I have a question about some result of fired colored porcelain. I am making some unglazed porcelain objects, with the goal of having a very matte finish. Now I have made a test with porcelain colored with a black stain, I have added 4 % to the slip. The stain is based on Co-Fe-Cr, it's standard stain I purchased at a ceramic supplier, the same goes for the slip. What I did: First did a bisque fire (electric kiln) until 950 degree Celsius (1742 degrees Fahrenheit) I removed the objects and finished them (sanding) to a more smooth finish In the kiln again, fired until 1230 degree Celsius (2246 degrees Fahrenheit) The result is a matte looking porcelain, but it has some unwanted glossy spots on the surface (see attached photos). I do not understand why this is happening. Maybe somebody has an idea what could be the cause of this? Thank you in advance. greetings, Patrick Hartog
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