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How do you glaze "Totem" pieces so the glaze doesn't get on the kiln shelf during firing?   For example, if I apply glaze close to the edge (of the post opening) of a ball or tube shape I am afraid it will run onto the kiln shelf. Is there a special stilt that needs to be used?

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if you plan to make a number of them with the same diameter hole, consider making some pointed cones for them to sit on.  that way, you know exactly what size to make them and taper them to avoid glaze runs.

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I have gathered some odds and ends porcelain parts from knob and tube wiring in old houses,  some old elements that are broken into 2-3 inch pieces and some thin porcelain tile that is 2x2 inches square.  They all make good stilts for odd projects   I buy the tile from  closeout bins and pay two dollars a sheet,  one sheet is 12x 24 inches.   It is the type of unglazed porcelain tile is used in historic homes.  It is cheap enough I would throw them away if glaze ran on to them.  I would stay away from a runny glaze in that area,  when  I have a area like that I will put a thin layer of glaze next to the edge or leave a quarter of a inch unglazed.  If I am worried about glaze combinations I will often make a small sculpture of it and test my glaze combination on it.     Denice

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callie, when i make hanging planters or birdhouses, i put them on taller posts so they are supported from the inside and hang upside down during firing.  i only glaze the interior a quarter down from the rim so the post is in no danger of touching glaze.

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