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Pottery, Clay and Ceramics: Using Mason stains with clay

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

December 31, 2009
6:22 PM

Post #7413567

Has anyone used Mason stains to create colored clay or slip? I have some basic ideas about what to do, but personal experience is always helpful.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #7413773

I've wedged various oxides into white clay to "marble" it, which is similar. Basically I just sprinkled a little onto already-wedged clay, and then wedged a little more to distribute the color & threw normally.
shelley1962
Churubusco, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #7413774

Yep, it's currently my favorite way to work. I've used several stains and have colored slip and clay.
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2009
9:21 PM

Post #7413986

I have only used different clays together to get a marble effect. WHite an red and what I like even better is to combine Black and red clays togetehr. It comes out looking like leather.

WHat is a MASON Stain?

deb
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

December 31, 2009
10:18 PM

Post #7414147

It's a powdered stain, Deb. I bought some at our ceramics supply store - they have tons of colors - and I want to experiment with colored slip. Thought I might as well try coloring some clay, too, since I have a good amount - I think it's called teal.

Does it stain your hands at all, or is it pretty much wash-off? What kind of amounts are needed to color slip (using a light colored clay)? Is it "what you see is what you get?"
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

December 31, 2009
10:59 PM

Post #7414284

Mason stains are a wysiwyg (what you see is what you get). To get a saturated color you need a lot of stain and that will change the compensation of the clay so don't plan on a dark color. I use mason stains for terra sig and to mix liquid stains. They are the same thing that masons us to color grout. To get a good red or orange t is best to use encapsulated mason stains. I am sorry I can't tell you what is encapsulated about them.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 1, 2010
12:27 AM

Post #7414619

Terra sig is what I had in mind, zen. What do you use for a deflocculant?
shelley1962
Churubusco, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 1, 2010
2:17 AM

Post #7415045

Kasper, I haven't been able to make canes like folks do with polymer clay...the texture is just wrong and the clay too sticky. I'm thinking that maybe if I experiment with allowing the clay to dry out a little prior to working with it I may have more success. Right now I'm working on a bowl made out of various marbled / stained clays - it's leather hard and I filled the small areas between the pieces with a different colored slip. Don't know if it will make it through the drying process but will let you know.
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2010
4:23 AM

Post #7415380

I'd lov to see it Shelley!!!!!

deb
shelley1962
Churubusco, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 1, 2010
2:46 PM

Post #7416039

Well, doesn't look like much right now. Once it dries I'll go over it with some sandpaper (wearing a mask of course :) ) and that will make the pieces more defined. I also want to do more to texture the outside...not sure what yet.

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 1, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #7416813

Oh boy, can't wait to see how this turns out. :-)
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

January 2, 2010
3:28 PM

Post #7419621

I use Sodium Silicate as a deflocculant.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

January 2, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #7420259

That's what I intended to buy, Zen, thanks!
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

January 2, 2010
7:53 PM

Post #7420446

You are welcome.

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