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How Do I Paint The Bottom Of A Piece For Mid Fire (Cone 5)- Help!


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I'd like to paint the bottom of my pieces as I don't care for the bare clay look.  however I'm firing to cone 5 so I cant use stilts.  I've been using Amaco Velvet underglaze which works somewhat but I still get some kiln wash on the piece.  any suggestions???

 

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You can try using Red Iron Oxide to give it a wash of color. It won't stick to the shelves like underglaze can. If you kiln wash your shelves and use underglaze and a piece sticks you can usually use a Dremel and just touch the piece with it and have it come off leaving either no Mark or a very tiny one.

 

Contrary to popular belief you can use stilts with cone 5-6. You just have to buy high fire stilts. Go to Clayking.com and look at their offerings. I fire to cone 6 and stilt just about everything. The stuff I don't stilt I usually put on little bisque wafers.

 

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For larger pieces I still like to glaze all the way to the bottom line so very little or no bare clay is visible. Doing this means I can't just set them on the shelf so I have a bunch of bisque clay discs in different sizes that I place under the piece so that they don't touch any glaze but support the bottom of the pieces almost entirely. I have had no warping issues doing it this way.

 

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For larger pieces I still like to glaze all the way to the bottom line so very little or no bare clay is visible. Doing this means I can't just set them on the shelf so I have a bunch of bisque clay discs in different sizes that I place under the piece so that they don't touch any glaze but support the bottom of the pieces almost entirely. I have had no warping issues doing it this way.

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I have Roselli stilts. They can be fired to 2400*.  I only use them when absolutely necessary cause with that much movement at higher temps, I have had things warp.  I mainly use them when the grand kids get a little to ambitious with their painting. And also I have painted the bottoms with an underglaze that closely matches the glaze color.  Amaco velvets will go to cone 10.

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