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help with brushability enchancement

updated sun 12 feb 06


David Hendley on sat 11 feb 06

Hi, sorry about your accident!
The good thing about situations like this, if there is one, is that
sometimes they force you to do things you wouldn't usually do,
and you end up adding a new dimension to your work.
Many years ago, when I was having wrist pain, I laid off the
potter's wheel for several months. I concentrated on using
the extruder, learned a lot of new techniques, and ended up
with a great body of new work.

I would like to suggest to you that brushing is not really a good
way to apply glaze to tiny pieces. Even with a small brush it
can be hard to keep the brush from moving the whole piece.
It can also be difficult to get a thick enough coating, so the
interesting qualities of the glaze can show.
For tiny jewelry pieces, I use hypodermic syringes with needles
or small squeeze bottles with fine tips. Use a fine needle for
detail and a large one, or no needle at all, for large areas of
glaze. You can use your glazes just as they are prepared for
dipping or pouring.
I have found that 20 gauge is a good fine needle - smaller ones
clog too easily. Be sure to file off the sharp point before you
do anything else! I got a box of 100 from my vet. I don't know
about Canada, but they are also for sale at feed stores here
in Texas.

Good luck, and let us know if you try this.
David Hendley
Old Farmhouse Pottery

----- Original Message -----
>I had a good fall on Tuesday and hurt my knee but more
> importantly a finger on my right hand. I had it x-rayed
> (not broken) but very swollen, stiff and painful.
> Because of this, I'm trying to keep myself busy with smaller
> projects - namely jewelry. I'm used to pouring and dipping,
> but never have brushed glazed. These pieces are so tiny
> that brushing seems the only way to go - especially since I
> want to use more than 1 glaze per piece.