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dipping doilies in slip

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Due to popular demand, I'm going to try to help my seniors pottery class dip doilies in slip & fire the resulting shapes. I've never done this before, but imagine, after watching the Robin Hopper video, dip into slip, squeeze a little, arrange, let dry, carefully fire. We are using cotton only - I have some burlap & cheesecloth too. My slip is Great Lakes Clay Michigan White, a smooth body clay. Can anyone who's done this before give me a few pointers?

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They are going to be very fragile at every stage so anything you can do to minimize the effects of moving them is good. Maybe build them on poster board that will fire away so you dont have to lift the piece itself? Even when fully fired they are delicate.

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They are going to be very fragile at every stage so anything you can do to minimize the effects of moving them is good. Maybe build them on poster board that will fire away so you dont have to lift the piece itself? Even when fully fired they are delicate.

 

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Thanks much, Chris. I was thinking they'd slump in bowls. Most of these "students" have just started working in clay & I want them to have as positive experience as possible. We are using those thicker, crochet'ed cotton doilies, so that might help.

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