Malone & Dean McRaine on thu 9 jul 98
Aloha all: Well I got an order for some ashtrays. Yahoo! every potter's
dream! Haven't made any since second grade. Actually it's a good order. 10
big cylinders decorated any way I want, $100 each. They are really fun-2'
tall improvisations. I'm using the slip stamping technique from the May CM
(p. 32-4) it looks really cool! Mahalo to Dennis Smith. But Hey, it takes
a LOT of slip to cover one of these puppies! Anybody know how to quickly
and easily turn bagged clay into a very thick, frosting-like slip that can
go on a vertical surface 1/2" thick? It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth
or anything. I'm probably going to need about 200 lbs of it pronto. E- mail
me direct, please.
If you haven't had any fun lately try slathering thick slip all over a big
pot and drawing designs in it with your fingers. It's about as much fun as
you can have with your clothes on.
Dean in Kauai, where I just made a deal with a guy with a mango orchard,
trading pots for mangoes. I should have a freezerful in a week. Life can
be sooooo good.
Nancy Jewell on fri 10 jul 98
I also love to play in the slip and would love info or tips on easier
Currently I slice up a half bag of clay real thin, put it in another clay bag
with just less than the same weight of water, tie up the bag then smoosh it
like mad. Then I let it sit for a day and push it through an 80 mesh seive to
get it satiny smooth. It works well, but for larger quantities, its a drag.
Please answer on list.
Dee Clay on fri 10 jul 98
I was going to suggest using a blender until I saw how much slip you need. How
about renting a cement mixer and dumping all your dried clay in and mixing
with lots of water. I'm going to the studio (trunk of my car) and find the
May issue of CM, sounds like fun.
Diane in Miami
J. L. Van Bezooyen on sat 11 jul 98
I tried a cement mixer to recycle clay and it was a mess and didn't really work!
Cement mixers do not mix in a vertical position, but at an angle....and clay
doesn't want to tumble (even if you put large rocks in the mixer to
things up a bit.) If you use much water it splahes out all over the place!
Dee Clay wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Hi Dean,
> I was going to suggest using a blender until I saw how much slip you need. How
> about renting a cement mixer and dumping all your dried clay in and mixing
> with lots of water. I'm going to the studio (trunk of my car) and find the
> May issue of CM, sounds like fun.
> Good Luck.
> Diane in Miami
Joy Holdread on mon 13 jul 98
In a message dated 98-07-09 11:47:20 EDT, you write:
> But Hey, it takes a LOT of slip to cover one of these puppies! Anybody
know how to quickly and easily turn bagged clay into a very thick, frosting-
like slip that can go on a vertical surface 1/2" thick? It doesn't have to be
perfectly smooth or anything. I'm probably going to need about 200 lbs of it
pronto. E- mail me direct, please. <
I know you asked for a direct E mail but I hope others send to both too, I'm
always interested in other peoples ideas. We all have different resources &
equipment so lots of answers spur resourceful thinking.
With the equipment I have I'd wire cut clay into fist size chunks & soak in a
5 gallon buckets of vinegar solution, any defloculent or plain water, for an
hour or more, mash with a potato masher & finish off with a paint mixer drill
attachment. For small amounts I'd use my studio blender.
I recently busted up & re cycled 500 lbs of porcelain The extra water didn't
settle down but unbelievably began to dry from the top, a sure sign it's
porcelain. Rather than struggle adding dry clay to make it wedgable I decided
it's slip why fight it, now you've given me a great reason to have 10 gallons
of white slip. Thanks for the tip, I'm in the mood to have a little fun. My
studio, living room & kitchen are filled with 70" frames full of tile for a
large housing development sign. I'm all excited about the possibilities
taking on this impractical commission has opened. Now I have these portable
canvas covered work surfaces I'm thinking of large slabs of slip covered clay
rather than a big pot. I'll finish up with my biggest house painting brushes
for oxides. Joy in Tucson