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fred's handles. cathy's glaze

updated sat 12 feb 11


Lili Krakowski on fri 11 feb 11

There are several reasons why handles won't stay put. The main one is =3D
that the handle is softer /harder than the body it is to be attached to. =
You MUST teach yourself how to tell the relative hardness of your clay. =
You can test by touching the clay with your lip--I find my lower lip an =
amazingly accurate wet/dry detector. You can scratch with your nail. =3D
You can check the color. No matter. You should be able to judge if the =
two pieces are at the same stage.

PUSH! The handle does NOT want to be laid on the pot. It wants a good =3D
firm grip and push to press it hard into the area where it is to be. I =3D
attach my handles as taught: do not use more than a trace of slip, =3D
score only for real biggies, push good and hard then give a slight back =3D
and forth twist to be sure all is settled in.

Control the drying. Put the whole thing in some equivalent of a damp =3D
box. Inside a plastic bag. Inside a styrofoam cooler. Under a hood of =
some sort. OR cover the joint with wax or latex.
Pots, esp. pots with handles should dry slowly,. Very slowly.

Not all clay bodies handle additions equally well. If you feel the body =
you are using is too sensitive, change to another.

And I would suggest to Cathy that she mix up her glaze good and wet, =3D
sieve several times, dry it out, weigh out bits of the dry glaze. The =3D
advantage of this method is: it holds dust down every bit of the way, =3D
and whatever of the glaze is left over from the tests also does not =3D
hold/create dust.

Lili Krakowski
Be of good courage