Russel Fouts on tue 22 apr 97
Ok call me perverse (I've been before) but I want to make tiles that
warp like crazy. I'm making mamezara (you know, those little plate things
that are an essential part of a Japanese meal used to hold "a little bit of
something") and want to use the warping of the tiles to give the volume.
I'm doing everything wrong (from a tile maker's point of view) but I want
them REALLY warped.
Tile makers try to remember your disasters! Think of every thing you could
Russel (a bit warped myself)
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June Perry on wed 23 apr 97
You can try using a very plastic clay body with no tempering material like
grog or sand included. Make them on thet hin side and don't cover them and
let they dry fast (don't turn them).
Tell me if it works!:-)
LINDA BLOSSOM on wed 23 apr 97
Are you seeking to get some symmetry in your warping? The plates you refer
to, sushi plates? I think there is some symmetry there? If not, make the
tiles and put them on a rack over a wood stove immediately. I stack mine
to keep them flat, and put them over the wood stove to dry them. However,
if you don't stack them, as I did once, they will warp. Also, handle them
badly. When you remove them from the canvas after rolling, don't bother to
keep them flat and don't reflatten them before putting them over the
woodstove. If it is too warm for the wood - put them in the sun.
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Judy & Howard Brager on thu 24 apr 97
I want to make tiles that warp like crazy.
>Russel (a bit warped myself)
>Making warped tiles is easy. Use a throwing-clay body, not a tile clay.
Handle the tiles alot while forming them. After they are formed, dry them
on smooth, unvarnished wood batts under a fan or in the sun. I guarantee
you'll have warped tiles.
Creator of thousands of warped, wood/sun dried tiles (but finally starting
to get them right).
PJLewing@aol.com on thu 24 apr 97
It helps to use a VERY plastic clay. The best (or worst?) example of this
I've ever personally had was making tiles out of a Plainsman ^10 porcelain,
the name of which I forget. P600? P500? This stuff was the greatest
throwing body the world has ever seen. If you could normally make an 8"
cylinder from 3# of clay, you could make an 11" one from this stuff. It
shrank a lot, and it was hard to get handles and such to stick to it. And
when you made tiles from it, they came out looking like potato chips! In
fact, many of them warped so badly, they stuck to the shelf above. You could
slip your hand under a 6" tile without touching it.
Is this the kind of twisted technique you're looking for?
Paul Lewing, Seattle
John Stakes on thu 24 apr 97
Hello Russell -
Well, in coming up with warped tiles I seem to be an expert. Here are a
few reccomendations to increase the warping potential of your clay :
1. If you utilize a slab roller, manage to drop the slab at least once
after you have rolled it out to the desired thickness.
2. Better yet, use a rolling pin to make your slabs & poke around the
edges of the slab when done.
3. Use clay that is very wet - the wetter & more plastic it is the better
the chances are for warping.
4. Pick up the edges of the slab occasionally & look underneath (just for
5. Do not dry the clay slowly. In fact, take a hair dryer to the top
surface to increase the chances of warping & do not cover the clay.
These suggestions are all I can think of at the moment, though I'm certain
I've omitted many more. Still, clay being what it is you might follow
these suggestions to a tee & still come up with flat tiles .. clay is such
a wondrous thing. Good luck on the road to warped tiles.
Ellen in Washington
stevemills on thu 24 apr 97
In message <199704220415_MC2-14B5email@example.com>, Russel Fouts
>Ok call me perverse (I've been before) but I want to make tiles that
>warp like crazy. I'm making mamezara (you know, those little plate things
>that are an essential part of a Japanese meal used to hold "a little bit of
>something") and want to use the warping of the tiles to give the volume.
>I'm doing everything wrong (from a tile maker's point of view) but I want
>them REALLY warped.
>Tile makers try to remember your disasters! Think of every thing you could
>Russel (a bit warped myself)
> * Russel Fouts, CI$: 100021,23,
> Bruxelles, Belgium
> Internet: 100021.23@CompuServe.Com
> "It took more then one man to change my name to Shanghai Lil."
make'em out of very smooth clay and dry them on a non-absorbant surface
that should work.
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