Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hint of the Week for January 8th



  Some Glazing & Decorating Stuff from Pottery-Magic.com.


·         Before you begin glazing always be sure to wipe your ceramic piece down with a damp sponge. This will make sure that there is no dust on your piece which could cause the glaze to pull away and leave a bare spot. Dampening helps the bisque to accept the glaze.
·         If you are painting on glaze, you must paint on three flowing coats of glaze, being careful of brushstrokes which could show up in unleaded glazes or if you use less than 3 coats. Three coats of glaze will give you a solid color. Adding another glaze for the second and/or third coat will give you some interesting effects. Let each coat dry before adding a second.
Best to brush in opposite direction
·         To show textured surfaces better, brush glaze on so it gets in all the cracks, then wipe off the top surface.
·         To remove oxide mistakes or for making a design, use a pencil eraser. It won't smear like trying to wash the oxide off.
·         When applying oxide over dry glaze, the glaze sucks the water out of your brush making it difficult to paint clean lines. To remedy this, lightly mist the glaze first with water and the oxide will flow smoothly.
·         When glazing a thin piece, glaze the inside then wait for it to dry thoroughly before glazing the outside. Otherwise the clay will become saturated and your piece will either fall apart because it will have absorbed so much water or the glaze won't absorb and stick to the outside. Sometimes it is best to at least let it dry overnight before glazing the outside.
o   [This is a common occurrence, for instance, when you glaze the inside of a cup with one glaze and the outside of a cup with another glaze].

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