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blue mugs plus rutile question

updated mon 25 mar 02


Nancy Silver on sun 24 mar 02

The blue mug thread reminds me. My initial (and still favorite) clay =
work is face masks. While there is an element of realism in the =
features, there are also very unrealistic features. I'd say the =
majority of them have an indiginous, ethnic quality. On seeing a photo =
of my most african/aboriginal face, done in cone9 reduction with red =
iron oxide unevenly washed, my husband's niece complimented me and then =
asked me if I could make one in PINK! That has to beat requests for =
more blue mugs.
A rutile question. Keep in mind my knowledge of clay and glazes is very =
much the newbie level. What's the difference in effect between granular =
rutile and milled rutile? The student glaze room I have access to has =
both. I've done some glazes with both but have not had the chance to =
due a strict test between the two.
Thanks for anyone's input.
If not San Diego, for sure Indianapolis
Nancy S in Cinci

Snail Scott on sun 24 mar 02

At 01:19 PM 3/24/02 -0500, you wrote:
>What's the difference in effect between granular rutile and milled rutile?

Milled rutile is generally used as a colorant or
color-modifier. Granular rutile is used to make
speckle effects. It is difficult to keep suspended
in a glaze, so it's more commonly used in slips
and sometimes in clay bodies, though granular iron
is generally cheaper as a 'body speckle'.