Continued form the works-in-progress thread to avoid hijacking it.
Found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345728.msg4088877#msg4088877
I'd like to know how you did the sorta-rolled rim too.
I made the rim and top half by making a sheet with the patterns and skinner blend, and laying it round the bulb and then curling the lip over. Then I put a sliver of white (quite a thick sliver) around the rim to cap it. The sheet was just made from the skinner blend on one side and tiles on the other. I laid the slices out on glass first and then put the skinner blend over it. This way the tiles matched up much better, but they are on the inside of the pot, with the patterns showing as the lip curls out.
Btw, are you creating the slices pattern on a base sheet, or alone?
For the outer pattern yes I built it onto a base sheet of clay to thicken the wall (the top half had the skinner blend as a backing but ended up much thinner. You can see it dips loads in the photo.). This was a mistake I think because the slices would stick to the clay base and made it hard to position them accurately.
Did you try Varathane or another polyurethane? (If you have some "ancient" Fimo finish, definitely hold onto it
No I havn't tried any varnish other than this ancient fimo stuff. It's turned slightly green in the bottle. The smell has gone though from this bird I used some on. There was only a thin layer and I sanded most of that off. I havn't got a buffing wheel or anything. I'm going to make one though out of... somthing. You can see a bit of the glaze in this pic. EDIT: having technical difficulties, will get pic up soon but it's not really important.
What exactly didn't you like about the blend?
It went horribly wrong. The initial blend seemed ok, was fairly smooth but did drop out to black abit too quickly. I used 50/50 black and translucent and had left pure white and black area at each end. The only thing that went wrong at this stage was that... (deep breath)... after i'd passed it through the PM a few times it developed bulges in the trailing edge, the last edge of the sheet that passed through. It was always the side underneath. Sometimes it seemed as though part of this bulge (which where unblended) would get folded into the sheet and leave a steak going down the blend, where the constant blend had been broken by a streak of extra black. If you know what i mean
(this seems to happen allot to my skinner blends)
The main problem though was that after making the blend I ended up with a sheet that was the width of my pasta machine (7") blending from white to black that needed to fit on the side of a pot only 3" tall. To resize the blend I rolled it out at the thinnest setting of the PM and made a stack. I then cut a slice from the stack which ended up too small and so i rolled it out to the length I needed but had to join 3 pieces together to get the width around the pot.
All this meant the blended areas where wobbly from where I rolled it out, wasn't one piece so had split lines in, and had streaks from where the gradual blend was broken. And after resizing the sheet smaller the abrupt transition to black was more prominent.
lol it just didn't go well. I don't know if i went about resizing the blended sheet the right way?
[Cracks/spaces] can roll repeatedly over the area with a small rod of some kind.
Thats what I do and it helped allot. I probably need to do it more. The slices I cut where fairly thick, maybe 2.5-3mm. They weren't all the same though, I didn't measure. This definitely was a problem as the thicker ones would expand more than the thinner ones.
I saw a video in the blog you linked to from Tonja Lederman with a cane slicing machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw48pVzAsB0
I want one! I've also been thinking of a machine to reduce canes mechanically. Not got too far with that one though
P.S I'm really tired, sorry if I waffle on
If you don't understand anything I expalined just say and I'll have another go or get pics.