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whistles question

updated sat 27 mar 04


Wood Jeanne on fri 26 mar 04

Here is a question, that could use a very creative
I have learned to make the 'globular' type whistle and
have enjoyed them very much. I would like to make
'water whistles' also traditionally made of clay.

To learn to make globular whistles I had to make quite
a few that didn't work and throw them out. (Openings
might have been slightly the wrong size, same with
angles of openings, etc). Over 30 non-working
whistles...I may be a slow learner ;-)

I discovered most that didn't work at the green state.
If they didn't whistle when they were green or
whistled poorly in the green state, firing them
worsened the whistle. But I was able to reclaim the

Here is my question:
I suspect water whistles will take just as steep a
learning curve. To try out the water whistles I will
have to pour water in them and blow. However, at the
green state this will either dissolve the clay, or
dissolve it enough to change the sizes of the parts
that make it whistle.

If I pour a layer of wax inside to protect the green
clay from the water this will also change the size of
the holes the air moves through to make the whistle.
And if the whistle doesn't work, the layer of wax will
make the green clay difficult to reclaim.

I would like to have the water whistles working before
I bisque them. Any ideas?

Jeanne W.

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BobWicks@AOL.COM on fri 26 mar 04

In a message dated 3/26/2004 12:15:07 PM Eastern Standard Time,
clayjinn@YAHOO.COM writes:
Jeanne W.
No need to worry about the clay dissolving and the only critical part that
should not be wet is the whistle hole and mouth piece. Test your whistle
holding the end at a slight to the water surface and blow. I have made many of
these and really it is not as difficult as you seem to imply. Good luck.

Bob Wicks Prof. Emeritus Art/Photography
Harrisburg Area Community College