Lili Krakowski on tue 21 sep 04
I use latex a lot and have found that adding water a bit at a time works =
well in thinning it. As someone else said if you dump in a lot of =
water at a time, the latex gets nasty.
It does help if you rub dishwashing soap into your brush BEFORE use. =
Work it in well and wipe "dry" But truthfully I have not yet found =
anything that works perfectly.
For application in wide places I use the home made foam rubber clothepin =
"brushes" I described last week. For finer areas I use the cheap 1/2" =
or 1"made in China brushes that one can buy by the dozen. I trim the =
bristles as needed. And I go to the Dollar Stores and the like for =
packages of brushes they sell to school kids. And I keep my wearing =
out calligraphy type Chinese brushes, reinforced at the ferrule with =
dental floss and epoxy, for detail work.
I find ammonia works as well as anything in cleaning brushes. I have a =
new harmless paint remover on hand--bought it to strip door =
moldings--and plan to try and report.
Marcia Selsor on tue 21 sep 04
I have used latex water based as a mask and diluted it with for
smoother application. Just stir well. I also peel it off after spraying
glaze and go back in to the area for further design build up.
In the archives I think you will find Linda Arbuckle said she uses
SHOUT for latex brush cleanup. I tried it and it works well.
Marcia Selsor in Montana and preparing for several workshops in the
East in Oct. using latex!
Rhonda Kale on tue 21 sep 04
Lili-you can also you those white makeup wedgie thingies that you get a Dollar General or Dollar Tree-the ones you use to put on your foundation with. They work really good with clothespin( thought I was only one in world who did that-*sigh*-nothin' new in the world of clay...) But if your really cheap-once in a while if a neighbor throws out a couch and it is going to its great reward, I get one of the cushions, remove the fabric on the outside and then proceed to chop it up (knife or exacto works) into whatever I need-lasts a loooonnng time. Use the couch cushion to also make stamps with one of those hot knife thingies-BEST DONE outside for ventilation purposes-simple designs are best.
Something for all budgets....
Tig Dupre on wed 22 sep 04
Rhonda, and all Mudbuds,
But if your really cheap-once in a while if a neighbor throws out a couch and it is going to its great reward, I get one of the cushions, remove the fabric on the outside and then proceed to chop it up (knife or exacto works) into whatever I need-lasts a loooonnng time.
Good idea here. I got a similar idea from a pottery magazine, a LONG time ago. Scarfed up some old couch cushions, and used a band saw to cut regular "bricks" out of the huge cushion. The big bricks make great clean-up sponges, and when cut into smaller sizes--4" x 4" or so--make wonderful throwing sponges.
Saves the Elephant Ear sponges from extinction, recycles toxic materials--ever smell a couch on fire?--and saves on the outbound cash flow.
in Port Orchard, Washington