Questions tagged [ceramics]

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Porcelain brush pen does not stick to ceramic ring

I painted a ceramic ring (this) with porcelain pens (edding 4200 porcelain brush pen). I followed the instructions of the pens: Clean the surface of the ring and remove dirt and grease. Apply the ...
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Kiln elements keep burning out

So, I bought a medium kiln on craigslist for $100. It was old, and my friend and I wanted to upgrade it, so we bought some new heating elements, removed the entire controller-box, bought a ...
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Cheap Pottery Refractory Material [closed]

I am trying to build an electric kiln for firing pottery, so I need a really high temperature. I intend to use kanthanal wire for the heating element. The problem I am facing is the refractory ...
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Is there a way to cast solid ceramics?

I am familiar with slip casting. However, I've never seen it done with something that was completely solid before. I've only seen it done with varying wall thicknesses for things like vases. Could it ...
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Silver nitrate added to clay body

Silver nitrate is commonly used as a glaze additive - for example in Raku. What effects might be expected from using small amounts of silver nitrate in the clay body itself!? Would this affect the ...
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Tips and Tricks for Sealing Ceramic Coffee Mugs

I am working on some nail polish watercolor coffee mugs. I have completed the color application and want to make them dishwasher safe using dishwasher safe mod podge. I don’t have any experience with ...
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Complex plaster molds for ceramics

I've got a shape that I want to have cast but don't know how to achieve this. I now basics of regular casting but this shape has an open interior. The picture is the master shape. How could I make a ...
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Ceramics and shellac

I'm exploring water etching by painting designs on bone dry clay with amber shellac. I paint on 2 coats (wait 30 minutes between coats) and then wait overnight before I begin the water etching process....
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How do I go about sealing tiles painted with acrylic ink?

I have been painting on ceramic tile's with Liquitex acrylic ink. I would like to seal them so that they could be used as coasters. I want to make them impervious to liquid and coffee cup heat. Does ...
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Can large pieces of slipware be dried without a kiln?

I have a clay (plasticine) positive of a human figure standing 5' tall Next step is making a rubber mold for the lost wax process and a bronze positive May I use the rubber mold for slip after the ...
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Re-branding ceramic tea/coffee mugs

I have been given a set of unused standard straight-sided coffee mugs with an out-of-date brand on them. The branding appears to have been screen-printed on then fired, so its impossible to remove (...
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How to adhere adhesive to glazed ceramic?

I make decorative "flower" plates layering different shapes & sizes to be hung on a wall or attached to a post in the garden, Each weighs approx 4- 5 lbs. I use either metal heavy duty picture ...
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How can I decorate paper on mug or plate?

I remember when I was in school and the teacher gave us just newspaper. We cut words from it and decorated our mug or plate. I don't remember how we glued or adhered to the plate or mug so it was ...
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What is this handmade ceramic good for?

We have bought this beautiful piece of ceramic. We have no idea how it is supposed to be used beyond the obvious decorative purpose. Any idea? It has an opening but we don't think it can be used as ...
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Are there tell-tale signs that clay will crack when fired?

I understand there are many different kinds of clay, so maybe you could offer advice for clays that will be typical to beginners, or other otherwise buying from common arts stores. I imagine that red ...
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Multi-unit pottery kiln - how hot can it go?

I am inheriting an old electric kiln. It has three stackable heating elements and the data plates on each stacking ring says "Petterson Multi-Unit Kiln", I can't seem to find much about this on Google....