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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any cheap alternatives to kilns? on: April 03, 2009 04:56:31 PM
taking a class would be the best suggestion...and then the polymer (albeit it doesn't give the same effect)
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to get porcelain prop ceramic fibre online? on: January 15, 2009 12:54:18 PM
i've actually fired w/the sand before and had no issues....sand's silica and it's one of the ingredients in clay/glaze...but i digress.

couple options....

ceramic fiber *may* do the job...you wouldn't need much sounds like....it's what i use for lining my raku kilns so it can withstand the heat and as well contain the heat....    (   http://www.ceramicfiber.net/ceramicfiberblanket.htm  is what i use.....you wouldn't need much so maybe a potter in your area would have some scraps to give you)

i've no problems w/the sand (i'm assuming like all electric kilns there's some ventilation via plug holes...i usually leave top one open during my firing.)....but if you don't want to take chances, don't do it   Smiley

one thing i was thinking of was actually making a ceramic support of some sort...bisquing it then using it over and over again....you could, for example, take one of your fired doll heads, imprint it into clay, so that when you're firing it, it will roughly be cradled by a negative of itself.  this may be an interesting route to take as it would last the longest, imo.  the fiber's good, but scratchy/etc....this one would act like a trimming chuck except you'd use it in kiln....

i will keep pondering this, but these are the first that come to mind in order to remedy the issue at hand  Cheesy

happy claying! Smiley
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tea cup how-to's? on: January 15, 2009 12:46:45 PM
before i delve deeper into this...do you have access to a kiln at all?

then i can really go to town on helping    Cheesy
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Edison quote, you+me=<3, and "keep Earth clean" mugs! on: January 14, 2009 11:45:56 AM
i sense i will be trying the markers soon too.  ihave a few...just haven't taken the time to use them.    XD
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: toad on: January 14, 2009 11:43:42 AM
Yes it did, and I was a little irritated when one of my class mates said that I should have just used a textured glaze. It wouldnt have been the same if I had, and I am happy with how he came out, for the most part anyway.



yeah i agree w/you....if you had used the textured glaze it wouldn't have lent itself to a higher level of realism.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to paint over these? on: January 14, 2009 11:29:42 AM
prob won't look too good if you use those paints  : /   you can *try*   o.O

at least the yellows sorta match!  *giggle*   Wink
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to get porcelain prop ceramic fibre online? on: January 14, 2009 11:28:02 AM
which cone will it be fired at?  and could you elaborate a bit on the project so i know a bit more of the outcome goal    Cheesy   i have some suggestions but want to make sure it'd be for the right path  Smiley
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Water fountain project on: January 14, 2009 11:26:55 AM
i usually allot for around 12-15% for shrinkage, but it depends on the clay body....

here's a cool article on shrinkage rates with clay bodies  Smiley

be sure you get a "good" silicon sealer for where your pipes meet the fountain, ftw  Cheesy  i've seen some 'incidents" occur w/that


http://www.ceramicindustry.com/Articles/Feature_Article/d4e15e4154ac7010VgnVCM100000f932a8c0____
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Simple nativity on: January 06, 2009 12:11:54 PM
haha sheep  Cheesy  lol   Smiley   festive

something to try w/them as an alternative that i've seen.....someone i knew makes sheep out of polymer...the head/body...then matchsticks the feet and then "puffs" wool (or even cotton stuffing, should you not have wool on hand, and an alternative material) around the body.  puts a little bell at neck.  turns out super cute and may "match" your theme a bit more.

nice overall  Smiley
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Ceramic Bowl (sea glass bottom) on: January 06, 2009 12:09:14 PM
melted/fused glass in ceramic pieces is super cool looking, just bear in mind it's not food safe   Smiley

any glass will do, too.  fun to experiment with.
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