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Technique For Making Spirals With Thick Slip

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I'm trying to use thick slip to get lovely big spirals inside a shallow bowl. I slather on lots of nice thick slip (from the same clay, flocculated), but I can't figure out what tool to use, how fast to have the wheel going, how fast and how firmly to draw the rib or whatever through it.   Should be simple!  Any suggestions?

 

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Same clay as bowl, no flocs added, yogurt consistancy, slip put through a 60 mesh screen then thumped on the table to remove air bubbles. Sherril tiny red kidney shaped rib, but any really flexible rib works. Slip done right after bowl thrown. Fast wheel with a slow hand movement or slow wheel with a faster hand movement, whatever works to get the design you are looking for. I prefer a looser spiral so usually pull through the slip with slight in and out movement. It's lots of fun, if you mess it up just start over again. For about a 16" or so diameter bowl I'll spread about 1/3 cup of slip in it then start in the middle and work outwards, removing a lot of the slip. There isn't much slip left between the lines.

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I have search you tube and haven't found it.  does anyone remember the video of of very large platter spinning on the wheel while someone repeatedly altered the slip with their hand?  Had music in the back ground.

 

 

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That's it. I don't have much experience with slips, but that must be some good stuff.  I have been trying to do some finger marks similar, it's not so easy.  Slip has to be just the right consistency.

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it is not hard to make thick slip.  save all your dry trimmings if you can do so.  put them in a bucket and add distilled water.  stir with a stick blender or drill with paint stirrer end.  add more dry trimmings if it is too thin, add more water if it is too thick.  when it looks like whipped cream, start spreading.

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I was actually looking for the deep blue glaze recipe as I used to get a similar result with Floating Blue over a Black but it doesn't seem to be working successfully any more! ...running like crazy;(

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