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I'm so glad you posted this. One of my favorite fellow-students used antique doilies, lace, etc., to impress clay, then she'd put a clab over a form to make a bowl or something else beautiful. Her pieces were always so delicate-looking!
I have made several cool tiles and platers using old lace dolies, you roll out your clay and then lay the dolies on top of tthe clay and then you use a rolling pin to impress the desighn from the lace into the clay.
I am always looking for something different to press into my clay!
I used the edge of an old table cloth to make the lace impressions on that pinkish box with the beads hanging down that we talked about on one of the other threads. I just used the edge, cut around it and put the clay around the top of the box. I found that you loose the pattern easily but it was my first time to try it...so I'm sure there is a better way that I don't know about.
Elfs_garden, how did you make a home made press? I could use one of those. Also, there are alot of good books at the library on how to make plaster molds. You could also probably find alot of info on the internet...just type in "how to make a plaster mold".
Mold making isn't hard. That is one thing I did learn in a class. Just make your item in clay (that you want to make into a mold). It can't have deep indentions because the plaster will get into the underside and won't let loose. Keep you clay moist. When your clay mold is ready put a wood box or tin (cover the edges with 100 mile and hour tape so you won't cut yourself) around the clay mold leaving enough room around the piece so that you can pick it up easily. Use extra clay inside the box surrounding the clay mold to line/seal the bottom and sides of the wood or tin. Put vaseline on the floor of the object you have placed your mold onto (so the plaster wont stick). Also apply the vaseline to the sides of the wood or tin. Do not put the vaseline on the clay mold. Pour your plaster mix over the piece. Place a piece of hard plastic hardware cloth into the top of the plaster - push in about 1/2 inch deep (this step is optional - it is just to add strength to the mold). Let dry - and tada!
I cut boards to the length I need and screw the ends together so I can reuse the box for any mold I want to make of that size. Some people clamp their boards to the table so it won't move when you are pouring the plaster. Plaster is probably cheaper when bought at your potter's shop - if you are going to make alot of molds.
To make my clay press I re-pourposed and antique comercial wringer washing machine head. It was alot of work and I can only adjust the thickness by a few centimeters, however it is really the best thickness the way it worked out.
I had to cover the old wooden rollers with piping I scrounged up at a recycle/wrecking yard. And to keep the gap we cut pvc to force the rollers apart. It is hard to explain, but it only cost me $35.00 for the head, $6.00 for the metal pipe, the pvc was scrap I had here at the house, the wood for the table was scrap from another project and I saved hundeds of $'s not buying a comercial rolling table.
Oh I forgot to mention this too. I use heavy artist watercolor paper instead of heavy canvas to pass though the rollers I buy the really large 100 pound paper, hang it on the clothes line, give it several coats of clear spray acrylic and then cut it to fit the rollers,, clay does not stick if you remove it promptly.
Scadiecat, I have a problem with losing the design too! Sometimes if you put the whole thing together, then very carefully spritz water on what you are working on, then if posible support the back of the clay you want to inpress, you can inprint the lace that way. It has to be when you donot have any othe oowrk to to with it and it doesnot always work,, Lots of hassle for uncertain returns,, Especially since I always have to mess with it some,,lol
Thanks for the infor on mold making. I will give it a try
My friend that made the molds from paper used a spray cooking oil like Pam on the lace or paper to keep it from sticking to the clay. He also makes many of his molds using clay rather than plaster. He rolls the texture on the clay and bisque fires it to get a mold.
Just lurking here!! My Friend Holly does this lace impression bowl scupture! Her pieces are fantastic! I wish I had better photos but here is one with her Mothers crochet work under it to show off her free form bowl.
Well I do not have a job. The accident took care of that. So I have lots of time to get things done, just get tired real easy and also am still building up strengh and enduarce. Just a couple of hours wears me out real good and then have to take pain pills and naps...sigh... I am not old enough to be this way.
Here is pic of what dumb kid doing 75 miles an hour did to my car. He hit me while I was parked behind another car, waiting on him to make left hand turn. He never even touched his brakes, and shoved me 15 feet down the road under the car in front of me.
Eufaula, is the bowl the white part in the middle of the lace? The whole thing looks beautiful, just trying to sort out the bowl for sure.
Shellydar: what is your job. I could go into the Guinness book of world records (donít know how to spell Guinness for sure) with the different jobs I have had and I can't say I have liked one of them.
Elfs_garden: when did you have your accident? What is the prognosis? Iím sorry to hear you have such a hard time because of the accident. My sister was hit from behind by a 12 wheeler truck (or something like that). He didn't even touch his breaks either. She is now a paraplegic - that was 5 years ago.
I'm the Quality Manager for Easter Seals, ARC of Northeastern Indiana. Our agency works with people who have developmental disabilities. I don't work directly with the clients but have a lot of interaction with them - their disabilites span a huge range and every day I count my blessings. I can honestly say it is a joy to work for them.
Well my accident was in October. I was working at the time and since workmans comp is taking care of the bills, I have to use thier Doctors... They say I am suffering from Disability Syndrome?? What the H##k is that? My hip goes numb, I fall down,, How is that Dissability Syndrome? Anyway I am fighting them over it, in addition to a lawsuite againt the kid who hit me, and the worst part is it was not his car,, he borrowed it. So I guess they are suing the guy that loaned it to him too.
So now I have no car, no job, and a not to stable back and hip. One of the nurses said it sounds like I have some damage to my "Siatic Nerve"? I am supposed to be going to a new Doctor, I have been waiting for the appointment for 2 months now. It is agrivating to say the least. But I am not hurt as bad as your sister. I am so sorry to hear that. Make me feel bad for being so mad about my injury. At least I can walk 90% of the time.
Elf...hey, pain is pain is pain. At least my sister isn't in too much pain. What a major mess up for you! I'll put you in my prayer book!!
Eufaula: What a good idea...to show the lace along with the bowl. Do you have any photos of the bowl alone?
Shelleydar: Yes, I can imagine a job like that would be rewarding. I do like doing ceramics with my seniors (not that seniors have developmental disabilities) but you know what I mean. I always have liked being around the elderly...maybe I should look into working at a nursing home when I get resettled.
My son had an accident where someone went through a light. His car was wrapped around him. The ambulance driver could not believe he lived thorough the accident. Chris had leakage of urine into his body cavity and shards of glass embedded in the whole left side of his body. Including in his face and neck. No one in the ER could believe he made it. This was last summer and today you would never believe he was in an accident. Very small scars and no lasting effects. Sometimes it is hard to believe people make it through something like that. He is sure that he must do more in life since he was saved for some reason beyond his understanding.
Zen I am so glad your son is ok. I think being over 50 is what caused me to being so slow to bounce back. Plus we are still not sure as to the long term damages yet. Getting older is not so bad,, getting damaged and older just plain sucks...
Zenpotter: I can't imagine one of my sons getting hurt. It was bad enough my sister getting hurt. I didn't think I could hurt that bad - seeing her in the hospital like that. She was driving a Jeep Cherokee and it was the size of a Volkswagen after the truck hit her. I'm glad you son has no lasting "bad affects" from the accident. Like Elfs said..."getting old with pain sucks" (my paraphrase).
Elfs: did you do that all in one day? You are putting up a green house, I am taking mine down! I can't believe the realtor won't let me leave it up. I know if I had been given the choice of having a green house already on this 5 acres when I bought it I would have been thrilled.
Elf, I broke my neck in a swimming accident when I was 17 and have had constant pain since that day. The fracture itself wasn't too bad, a hairline break in C3 that healed in a couple months. I used to have to control my anger when someone would tell me that it wasn't so bad or at least I'm walking or something else along those lines. I know there is truth to that and as the years went by I do feel grateful it wasn't as bad as it could have been. On the other hand, statements like that seemed to belittle the pain I was/am in. Chronic pain, especially when the cause is unknown, is hard. I end up feeling like the "real" me, with energy and desire, is trapped in a body that won't co-operate. I have a migraine today so I hope I'm not being offensive to you or those offering support. It is important to remember our blessings, but don't sacrifice the truth of what you are going thru to do it.
I think my mom used to dip lace in slip and then arrange it on a piece. When the piece was fired, the lace inside burned away leaving this very delicate filigree. I always loved those pieces. Pressing it into rolled clay would be really neat too.
No offence taken,, ?I will be mad enough after my 4th trip to Doctor on the 9th where they will probably again tell me I am suffering from "Disability Syndrome" and pat me on the head and send me home with no meds and no hope of any relief. They seem to think I am out to bilk the company I worked for out of money. My Job did not hurt me, dumb kid hurt me. Anyway, Lets talk about something more fun,
I used to own a ceramic shop and we would take chessecloth and dip it in slip and fire it, It made some of the coolest vases. I was just thinking the other day that I would like to try one again. I donot use high fire clay I buy the clay that can be fired up to cone 1 or 2 but mostly I stick to cones o4 to o18 I have more glazes I can use that way and do not have to try to mix my own colors,, not that I have not mixed a few lately, when I am running out of color I dump in whatwever is handy,lol, Believe it or not only a couple of things messed up this way and I just use them for indoor projects. I have hundered of tiles for mosaicing. I love to make tiles and hate to mosaic! I have about 10 items that have been waiting for over 2 years to be grouted. I am not very disaplined I think.
As to firing glass into clay it works much better with low fire glazes and clays, not that you cannot do it it just sometimes pops off. And that can be ugly in the kiln. You can fire the glass into or on your finished high fire clay by doing just a full fuse firing ( I think! ) I would try a small piece and maybe invert an unfinished bowl over it to contain anything that might try to fly away? Not sure if it would work, but does sound interesting. Better get more advice before trying this.
I've seen this done with lace soaked with porcelain slip and attached to figurines. The lace itself burns out and leaves the porcelain. I've never actually done it, but it's a technique that's been done for many years.
The fabric just disintegrates in the firing process. Basically, the lace is soaked in the slip and then arranged. None of the lace is exposed. It's entirely covered in slip. It can be draped or laid flat on another piece. I can't remember how hot the kiln should be, but I'm sure a supply store can help you out with that. Once fired the lace is gone, leaving only the ceramics. Think of the lace as a mold, only instead of the mold being on the outside holding the slip, it's on the inside being held by the slip. Just beware of finely detailed lace, it won't show up well.
You fire it to 04. Anything higher will burn out the whole design. Cotton lace, burlap, cheesecloth or other cotton, absorbent materials can be soaked in slip and added to pieces for interesting textures. Soak fabric in slip, squeeze out lightly, brush on leatherhard clay surface, dry slowly, and bisque. The fabric will burn out leaving the slip texture behind . One other thing you should know, untill it is glazed the pattern is extremely fragile, will crumble to dust if too much preasure is put on it. We always sprayed the glaze on after firing and right back in the kiln it went. I always sprayed 4 coats so as to get a good :framing" for the design to hold up.
I will see about getting my hands on something I can do this with and show an example. My neighbor down the street has some old molds maybe he has a vace I can get from him to use.
Here are a link I found with very different ideas on how to do this,,, they use porcelain, but you can use slip form regular ceramics,, I might have to try some of these for the garden,, some are strange and some are just downright wierd, some are just beautiful...
Oh, what a shame. I know what that's like - I had to stand in for my sis a few times when her kids needed medical care because she would faint at the sight of one. Not much one can do to get rid of that, though I do believe she is better at it now (40 years later!). :-)
How about acupressure? That's a nice, non-invasive alternative.
Edited to add: Actually, have you tried gentle massage on a regular basis? That can be helpful, too!
I brought this thread back up to ask if you still had the dimensions to making your old washer rollers into a slab roller. I have an old washer and now that I have my own potter's wheel I'd like to remodel my washer rollers. If you still have the dimensions and will share them I'd appreciate it!
This thread is a blast from the past isn't it...brings back good memories. Where is everyone?