Vince Pitelka on fri 13 dec 96
>I to have been using terra sig for pots made with red earthenware clay. I
>have found that burnishing with the back of metal measuring spoon usually
>of the table spoon size seems to work well. I also burnishe shortly after I
>apply the terra sig especially with colored sig's. On a few occasions I
>burnish when slightly dryer and seem to get a higher gloss. I would like to
>know more about the tyes of cloth that peop[le have been using.
I have found that any very soft cloth works well - old cloth diapers,
flannel, or tee shirt material - but BE SURE to remove any seams, pockets,
buttons, etc. Use only the part of the cloth which has no seams.
I have started using terra sig as a burnishing slip - it gives a better
burnish than any other slip I have used. After burnishing with a polished
stone, I finish burnishing with the tip of my finger, and I can get a satin
gloss almost as shiny as glass.
Vince Pitelka - vpitelka@Dekalb.Net
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Carole Fox on fri 16 nov 01
Russel wrote- Who needs cramped fingers and sore arms from burnishing. =
Remember when I posted to whine about my sore arms? Well. I must say I =
am really glad I did take the time to burnish. The mottled surface of =
the burnished pot was much more appealing to me than the terra =
sigilatta. ( I tried both methods to compare results.)
Yes, the terra sig is easier than burnishing for sure. Though I did find =
it frustrating to get brush hairs imbedded in the surface many times.=20
Also, the raku clay that I used fired to a pink color at that low =
temperature. Looks like polished pink marble. Makes a dramatic =
background to the black carbon markings for my pit-fired and horsehair =
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Lamar, Luke on mon 19 nov 01
>Yes, the terra sig is easier than burnishing for sure.
>Though I did find it frustrating to get brush hairs
>imbedded in the surface many times.
I use very fine sable watercolor brushes when I apply terra sig. Brush holds
lots of liquid, brush hairs never fall out, and you rarely see brush
Russel Fouts on tue 20 nov 01
> Yes, the terra sig is easier than burnishing for sure. Though I did find it frustrating to get brush hairs imbedded in the surface many times. <
Dip or pour. or use better brushes.
And something about observation, my new batch of white sig covers in one
coat as opposed to 4 with previous batches. Same specific gravity, same
bisque temperature. Hmmmm. Ok, so now we only dip once. ;-)
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iandol on tue 20 nov 01
Dear Luke Lamar,
You say <sig.>>
The last time I priced a good Sable for water colour painting I was =
quoted about Au$120.00 for a No 12. I this the sort you are talking =
about, Kolinsky Sable from W & N.
I got a nice Chinese Deer Hair a couple of weeks ago, a good fat body =
about one inch diameter and white hair about three inches long for =
Au$14.00. Nice tool.
Ivor Lewis. Redhill, South Australia
Martin Howard on wed 21 nov 01
There are so many good man-made brushes available now.
So why deplete the stock of wild animals still further?
It is by our sensible choice of materials that we can make a difference.
Even if it is only a small amount of hair from a hare.
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