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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: What is a good present for someone who loves pottery? on: December 11, 2008 01:36:31 AM
what did u come u with? 
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Non-toxic and food safe overglazes???? on: December 11, 2008 01:34:49 AM
just out of curiosity, what did they suggest?  underglaze?
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Non-toxic and food safe overglazes???? on: December 06, 2008 03:36:59 AM
anybody out there correct me if i am wrong, but i dont think anything you paint is going to stay first of all, esp with dishwashers etc, and second, you dont know if what you are painting OVER is food safe....if it isnt, then whatever you paint over it with even tho it may be food safe, becomes UNFOOD safe.....it is called leaching, the lead from the glaze that is already on there will leach thru your paint and will be eaten...
your best bet is to i think, find out what type of clay it is, what type of glaze is on  it, and if that is food safe, use a dremmel tool to sand it down some and reglaze according to your clay body....
Anyone out there feel free to put in your opinions too!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: What is a good present for someone who loves pottery? on: December 06, 2008 03:31:36 AM
OOhhh,,,pottery is fabulous! It is my passion too, i remember when i first started...
my suggestion is to find a place that gives lessons, and tell them what you are wanting to do...it should only take one visit, and then they will take care of the firing for you, then you have to come back and glaze it and it gets fired again...
you need to do this pretty quick tho cause it takes a couple of weeks, and with a class it may take longer. or you can handbuild something for him. do you know of anyone near you that also does pottery? if so, give them a call and ask for their help with your gift....most of us love to help people do anything associated with getting our hands in clay....
where are u located? If you were near me i would help, so let me know! am throwing clay like mad for the next couple of days..
you can also do one more thing...
Just have a custom piece of pottery made for him, a super duper mug or something with an inscription on it like FROM .....TO...... most of us do those too!
remember its the thought that counts!
Margaret Grin

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: tart warmer on: December 05, 2008 05:50:32 PM
hi, these arent for candles really, just for the scent....the tealight burns out after a couple of hours, that is why i like them for home, i dont have to worry about leaving a candle burning, the tea light warms the oil or the tart enough to keep it scenting the air for hours...i have them on etsy, if you would like one with the shapes cut out in a pattern of your choice, just let me know...if a present for Christmas need to know by Sunday....they seem to be a popular item so far!  no one else on etsy is doing them for some reason, have no idea why..one of the reasons i started selling there is that it is supposed to be for handmade, but i am seeing more and more commercial items on there!! bummer!

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pottery kiln?!?! on: December 05, 2008 05:06:34 PM
yep, it is def RAKU....trashcan and all,....it is fabulous, makes beautiful pots, but alas, you do need the kiln that you are not going to get for 5 years, lol...you have to take the pot out of the kiln at about 1800 degrees and put it in the trashcan with horse hair or newspaper of something combustible and close the lid to take away the oxygen for about 1 hour or so and then wala!...you are done, some people like to cool the finished product in cold water, but i am a firm believer you dont....no need, plus it increases the chances of cracking the pot and ruining your piece, but i am sure  there are some that swear by that method!! either way it is an experience you will remember for life!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Non-toxic and food safe overglazes???? on: December 05, 2008 05:01:35 PM
are you wanting to reglaze or paint?  reglazing i can give you lots of colors, but painting you will have an issue with the foodsafe part..
M
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Cereal bowls on: December 05, 2008 04:59:08 PM
very very true~!  stoneware shrinks more, i have found than earthenware....some of the things i have made that i thought were the perfect size have shrunk oodles..one was a lid for a piece that i threw at the same time, but it still shrunk too  much, lol!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: tart warmer on: December 05, 2008 04:56:47 PM
that's is my plan!  how did you know!??  i thought about doing small holes in a pattern too, like a star burst pattern or a cross pattern, anything that is unusual!!
thanks!
M
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: tart warmer on: December 05, 2008 04:46:32 PM
the bottom part is for a tealight, the top part is for a scented tart, like Yankee Candle candle tarts, or any brand you want, or even scented oil...the heat from the candle melts the tart/oil, and the fragrance fills the room...
thanks
margaret
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