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1  Glaze! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by PetsuntilEaten on: July 25, 2008 04:11:46 PM
Some glazed!

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2  Re: Xerox transfer collage - Geared & vaguely Steampunk images - (picture heavy) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by PetsuntilEaten on: July 13, 2008 12:48:09 PM
Aw - thank you all so much for the encouragement!

Being new & not having read everything on the board, I assumed lots of people used this technique as it's so simple & fast.  I learned it in art book making forever ago & it's my favorite trick I ever learned.  There are so many transfer techniques I think my version is quite basic.

Basically, the tools are:
  a xerox copy - not a ink jet or laser print, as you need something with toner
  a blender marker pen. - Every designers marker set has one. It's the juice that holds the pigment.  Cheapest ones often work better, I use Chartpak. It looks just like the black marker except for the type on the label.

Place the image face down on your surface (paper, smooth wood, or fabric). Place a clear coat of marker over the back & burnish.  I use the fat back end of the pen in my right hand, as my other hand is holding the image still so it won't smear.

It takes a little testing to get the hang of it. Too much marker & the image will blur, too little & it's ghostlike.  You can mimic the look of a stamp very easily.  It's actually hardest to get a clear dark image & I sometimes go in with a fine pen to touch up edges.  To be precise I sometimes use a lightbox to see thru the paper, however most of the time you can see enough without one.  I use clip art images. Because you can only use an image once & I have images I prefer, I often cut & paste my images into dense pages by catagory (gears, birds, bicycles, planes). I then do a few different scales.  If you can use your office copier - all the better!

When using type you need to flip the image so that it will read correctly. This can be done in a computer program. The analog way is to copy to a transparency & then flip the transparency on the copier to print a mirror image. Transparency technique is a little fuzzier than computer print, but if the transparency is pressed firm to the copier glass its pretty good.

This is also good for printing in blank bound books, wood, decorating brown shipping boxes (say with lots of bicycles or planes), painting guidelines, etc.  It does not stay on fabric through the wash, but maybe there's a sealing technique I don't know about?

Below is an example of using it on wood.  I copied & enlarged the stamp images & used those for some mail art. These were thrown in the mail as is, the intention being the post marks on the stamps are part of the final look.  Black & white photos can be quite good as well.

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3  Xerox transfer collage - Geared & vaguely Steampunk images - (picture heavy) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by PetsuntilEaten on: July 12, 2008 10:40:14 PM
Hi there!

I've been making xerox transfer collages for years now. My favorite is using a drawn outline & then creating a built up image using xerox transfer.  I'm not sure if this latest nearly complete  figure translates well - but let me know what you think:

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I also used a drawing with a xerox transfer to fill in the garment detail on this:

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Here's a branch test that goes with that figure:

Other xerox collage, some with logos I made for a gift project:

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4  Here's my love handle!Here is my spout!If u tip me over MOMMA SAYS KNOCK U OUT! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by PetsuntilEaten on: July 10, 2008 10:50:33 AM
Ok they're really just mugs. Lots & lots of them. I joined a new group studio walking distance from my place & am very *prolific* after years of being out of the studio. 

I'm throwing smaller vessels that make up the mugs to work on refining my skills & shapes.  Though I can make nearly perfect pulled strap handles, I'm in love with these more sculptural grippy handles & how they work highlight the thrown form.  The brown clay will likely just get a clear glazed interior & lip. We'll see how the glaze tests go.

I've been working on thinning out my pieces. We shall see!

Let me know if you like the style:

*new pics*

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5  Re: any potters out there!? in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions by PetsuntilEaten on: July 10, 2008 10:00:31 AM
Hello all!

I've just joined a new group studio in Los Angeles.  I've been getting up to speed again. I've had about 2.5 years of college ceramics (raku, wheel, casting, glaze mixing, etc) & a year at a studio too far away to be useful. I love the new studio & learning everyone else's tricks.

Here's a good one I call a "Larry Special" Mug -
A slab built bottom with a wheel thrown top.

You build a cylindrical base around a water bottle (or some round form you remove) with a wet textured slab. Cut and attach a bottom. Cut & curve a few slab handles & set aside (use balls of clay to prop handles in shape).  Let dry till nearly leather hard. Then scrap the top edge, add slip & add a dime thick coil of wet clay to the top edge of your cylinder. Now center cylinder on the wheel (using wet clay pieces to hold in place) - now the fun part - throw the drinking edge. Throw some clay down the cylinder to anchor the new clay. Then throw the lip you want. Cut when nearly finished to even out top as necessary.  Add slab handle by scraping, slip & press together.

Here's mine. I like  them - However, they aren't a great use of this technique since I think it looks better when the thrown lip is bigger, flared or just more wobbly to show off the two slyles of slab verses thrown form together.

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