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axner's oil lamp liner

updated wed 8 dec 99


Carolynn Palmer on wed 1 dec 99

Thanks to someone posting to Clayart that the liner could be thinned with
water, I had success with the liner.

I thinned the liner with about 25% water, you have to stir like crazy,
because if you try shaking it to mix it, it just foams up. My oil lamp
interiors were unglazed.

I warmed up the oil lamps (another Clayarter's hint) and poured the first one
full of liner and then poured it into the next one, etc. After lining all of
them, I placed them upside down over a grate to drain (lots of liner came
oozing out of them into the pan below the grate.) I wiped off the excess
liner from the edges of the lamps. Leaving them upside down, the liner took
about another 24 hours to completely harden.

So far, no leaks. But it does take a long time for the liner to completely
dry inside the lamps - I would say give it at least two days.

Lining them is certainly a messy, time consuming step, but better than
leaking oil lamps.

Carolynn Palmer, Somerset Center, Michigan

Vicki Ferris on sat 4 dec 99

Hi Carrolyn,

Just a question. Is there a reason you don't glaze the inside of your oil
lamps? I just ordered the lamp liner by Aftosa called EASY SEAL and used it
on a dozen lamps. It said to use on a finished and glazed piece. But if I
don't need to glaze the inside, that is one more step I can save. Please
share your reasoning with me. I wonder if it makes any difference. Maybe the
liner soaks into the clay more and makes a better seal. Just wondering.

Vicki in Cool, CA

Carolynn Palmer on tue 7 dec 99

The reason I don't glaze the interior of the oil lamps is that was what Axner
instructed with the use of their lamp liner.

Evidentally, Aftosa's oil lamp liner is the opposite.

Carolynn Palmer
Somerset Center, Michigan