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questions about polishing terra sig

updated sat 13 jun 09


Tracey Duivestein on thu 11 jun 09


Try a smallish (test various sizes) sponge inside your plastic when
polishing - far easier imho than fingers. Also try different fabrics - at
the moment soft cotton knit seems to do the trick for me, but that also
depends on the clay & terra sig.

Haven't a clue re the cotton gloves, but try holding your pot in an old t

I terra sig & polish the bottom of my pot & about 1/2 way up first & then
turn it over & do the rest. This stops the sharp edge & also give the botto=
of your pot a better finish.

Hope this helps - I finished 32 terra sigged pots yesterday for a test pit
firing this weekend (if the weather holds - cross finger & toes).


Frank Gaydos on thu 11 jun 09

It is the PLASTIC grocery bags, not paper.
Also, I use the cotton plugs you get in the aspirin bottles etc. They work
real good for finishing the final shine.
Another source of plastic is the plastic cleaners bags. I ask our faculty t=
bring them in as we use them to cover work in progress.

The city council just outlawed plastic grocery bags here in the city. I
could not be happier.
Frank Gaydos

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is
more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility! Picasso

Jeff Gieringer on thu 11 jun 09


My TS goes on pretty slick and we just polish them with an old white
t-shirt. We also use latex surgical gloves to handle ours as it also keeps
FC off of your hands. To keep the sharp edge of TS from happening, save
your tuna fish cans, plastic lids or anything of various size that you can
sit your pot on. Hope this helps.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Carole Fox"
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:23 AM
Subject: questions about polishing terra sig

Yay- I just made some lovely terra sig (Thanks, Vince!) but I have two

First- I want to use the grocery bag trick to polish, but I can't figure ou=
how the heck to keep it from wrinkling when I wrap it around my finger(s)-
tried with 1,2, and 3 fingers. What am I doing wrong???

And, where would someone buy cotton gloves (to handle the polished pots

Jeepers- I just thought of another question! Sorry!- but how do I remedy
the problem of a sharp edge of terra sig that occurs at the bottom of the
pot where it meets the banding wheelhead?

Why do I always ask so many questions?

Why? Why? Why?

Carole Fox
Silver Fox Pottery
Elkton, MD

Carole Fox on fri 12 jun 09

OK- first off, thank you all for the TS advice. I was definitely using =3D
plastic, not paper to polish and I will give the sponge wrapped in =3D
plastic and the "cut little squares" methods a try today.

I have been brushing 8-9 coats on each pot, 3 at a time and the build-up =
at the bottom edge is just from brushing. Some suggested lightly sanding =
or wiping- I thought that was a bad idea with TS. I will try several =3D
suggestions today.

I never thought to use latex gloves instead of cotton. I actually =3D
already have those in my studio and will try them out today too.

I am intrigued by those who only TS part of the pot at a time, polishing =
as they go. How may coats are you putting on?

Thanks so much!!!

Carole Fox
Silver Fox Pottery
Elkton, MD