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The most difficult aspect in using spray fixatives are the clogs that dry in spray mechanisms.
To help eliminate clogs in spray cans, turn the can upside down when finished with a project and push the plunger until only gas is emitted. Wipe off any excess around valve.
You can remove the valve from the top of a stray can for cleaning. A thin wire will clean out the hole.
Making your own pieces
Oven-bake, air-dry, or polymer clay. These also do not require use of a kiln. They either air-dry or are baked in a standard oven. Due to expense, they are best used for small items such as jewellery, ornaments, etc. The oven and air dry clays are similar in look and feel to normal clay. Polymer clay comes in many bright colours (kind of like play doh!), and can be made into beautiful designs which become plastic-like when fired.
1. Decorating already made pieces.
Bisque painting with paints. You can buy bisque pieces, and paint them with acrylic paints and sealer. This will not hold up to functional use as dinnerware, but is fine for decorative pieces. This would make the most sense for someone who can paint intricate designs, or wants to practice such. It takes very little investment, just the bisque pieces, some paints, and a brush. There are books with designs that you can copy if you need inspiration. And every issue Popular Ceramics magazine has projects for painting.
When working on figurines or animals be sure to include the highlights in the eyes. This is a small reflection of light in the iris, to the side of the pupil. It can be added with the tip of a sgrafitto tool, pin or lace tool for a tiny dab of white. Do not allow the white eyeball to show above the iris as this gives a fixed staring expression to the face.
All of us have come into contact with decals -- we see the commercial type every day on mugs, plates and other industrial ceramics. Getting these types of images on to a ceramic work is not necessarily that hard. In this feature I would like to have a brief look at some of the issues involved.......
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An antiquing substance for concrete: is a green moss type effect, achieved by placing 50 gms of copper carbonate or 25 gms of copper oxide with 2 ltrs of natural yogurt. Over time the copper and yogurt will coat the statue in a moss-type substance, after a couple of months you can wash the statue and it will continue to look old. An overload of copper oxide ie 500 gms to 2 ltrs of yogurt will produce black.
Although labor intensive and hardware intense, ceramics can still make a wonderful hobby. Check with your local college, junior college or adult education center and take a course in throwing pots or in hobby ceramics and get a feel for whether this hobby is right for you. If it is, look for a gently used pottery wheel and a local kiln you can use and get started! There is nothing like finding a hobby to give you the creative outlet you need.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|