Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fused Tempered Glass Plates - 4th batch in

3rd batch out last night and 4th batch in
excuse the mess I still have not quite cleaned up certain sections of my studio for the season - just jumping in and getting the kiln running was a chore

I have a pottery class tonight so I'll get them out late and hopefully another batch in late

Monday, April 17, 2017

Studio cleaning - getting another load into the kiln- finding my pottery wheel

Well I got my 2nd batch out and put a 3rd batch in on Sunday -




 Plain for now till I get coloring them next weekend

tonight is 3rd batch out and 4th batch into the kiln

cleaning front area - moved my shelving around so I can move the kiln a bit more on an angle so I can get my wet belt sander beside the sink - and arrange for my hot water on demand  unit - space -  I need to install hopefully by the time I can turn the water on next week

I made my way to the back and dragged out my potters wheel I bought in 2005  and never used - now that I am taking lessons I am for sure going to use - hoping the weather stays  above zero here
found some of my pottery tools as well 


and I think I'll bring down about 4 of the pails to start making some candles at the house as I need at least 70°F for the epoxy to cure properly  - I have one left over from last year I just need to seal 
as I am going to need a min of 50 of these at least for my summer show 






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pottery night - non wheel class

I can use the wheel but I am just having some fun building clay with my hands rather than throwing

my piece from last week is a turtle pot stand
he needs to be painted but so far he has been fired




but last week throwing class  I did two pieces - the first was wayyyyy better than the second flop

so this week we get to clean and prep the pots for firing 
these ones are done with low fire clay so I get to possibly paint what I want  with different paints 
having fun 





Monday, April 10, 2017

First Big Kiln Batch - Plates - of ;the season - the kiln is on !

Yes I toured up to the studio - what a lovely  evening - still a tad chilly in the studio but outside was warm -
I mixed some fresh kiln wash  and did up the molds and then filled them with hardly any blood spilled.

Hoping to take out tomorrow night after pottery class and possibly fill and run again 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Toner Foil applicaton and Printing on tissue for decoupage

What to share a couple of techniques for this week
the first I did a long time ago but they had a little class at the Scrapfest we attended yesterday - and that is using a laser /toner printed image  and then using that with heat foils and a laminator

I have a color laser printer so printed the images in black -  I have a regular laminator - a Scotch brand that is about 30.00 at Walmart
Put the heat on the highest which is the 5mil button

I dont have any carriers so I used deli paper  (unwaxed paper) to sandwich it in so that the heat goes all to the foil rather than soaked up in regular paper

I had some pieces left from the class in red and a small piece of gold

so I printed the Happy birthday first - then the feather - then the mandala and ran them through the laminator

In love with the technique - so anything you can print in black you can coat with the foil - it adheres to the toner (wont work on ink jet )


Next I was wanting some specific images for my journal - on tissue  so I googled and found something where you took some temp movable glue - so I tried my fabric temporary spray glue 
worked - the trick is to get as smooth as possible - I tried rolling but I think if I use something like a rolling pin to wrap around it may go down smoother - but even with wrinkles it came out ok -  I used my laser printer - but I think the heat from the rollers for the toner - made it pretty impossible to take off - so I used my heat gun and it came off quite easily - but I am going to try my ink jet if I ever get it connected to my pc  
turned out great - I can tear or cut and put in my journal or use for decoupage - so I am now able to make my own tissue images in black and white and in color 



Friday, April 7, 2017

Started pottery throwing class last night

I started my pottery throwing class last night
pretty wonky pieces but I had a ton of fun -  I think that pottery wheel I have stashed at the back of the studio is going to be coming out this spring (not like I dont have a ton of other things to do )

the first piece I made came out rather well  but the 2nd piece - went wonky and almost lost it -

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Getting Kiln Ready for 1st load of the season

I dint get too far last night - cleaned out the kiln  (had patter plates and lava cloth in kiln from last batch of wine bottles -
I leave the shelves about 1 inch off the floor and the shelves are washed but I also leave the thicker blanket on in case I can fit something between the molds 


got out the  molds I want to use and cleaned them off - now to  put fresh  wash on them - but didnt have water up at the studio yet - then got detoured at the house

so I set up the molds in the kiln for set up
so wont get a chance tonight to wash them   or fill as I have a pottery class in oshawa till 9pm and wont be home till 10 

and I bought a small on demand hot water unit for the studio so I'll have hot water this year - will work on setting up shelf next week to place it  on and the  hoses so I can just hook up when the weather is for sure warmer