Thursday, January 30, 2014

A New Toy

I ordered this from Axner last fall when I was ordering clocks.  I have never worked with underglazes but this looked interesting.  There are four different thickness tips which self thread onto the plastic bottle tip.  The tips are numbered by lines around them.  The sizes are fairly obvious upon looking closely. 



Below are my first experiments on paper.  I smeared the #4 a little which is something to watch out for.  The main thing is to shake the bottle well and avoid air bubbles, which cause spitting and smearing.  I found that tapping the bottle hard gets rid of any bubbles.

Now I need to make some test pieces so I can experiment on the real stuff

I'm not sure when or where I will use this, but it does raise interesting possibilities!


It's still cold out; the temp is 26 F at 2:00 PM this is about the warmest it will get today.  Even though we are in a warm wood heated house the weather seems to beg for things like bread and soups.  These are two of the spinach pies I made for supper last night.  They were stuffed with spinach, chicken pesto sausage, mushroom, onions and cheddar cheese.  I should have take a picture of one after it was cut, but we ate them too quickly!


This is a Friendly sitting in my suitcase when I was unpacking it.  She seems to have made up her mind that I am not going anywhere for a while.  She normally sleeps on my bed at night.  Since I came home she has been following me around.  If I move a suitcase or a tote bag, she gives me the kitty-stink-eye!  I guess I've learned my place!


Has anyone noticed that the days are getting noticeably longer?  I watched the sun go down at 5:00 PM, a far cry from the dark of the solstice!

I hope everyone is staying warm and comfy.  It's supposed to go up to 40 F this week end.  We'll see, grasshopper..........we'll see.

As always, thanks for stopping by.........*s*

22 comments:

  1. What a great new toy. Can't wait to see what you produce with it...stay tuned here for the latest and greatest.

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    1. Hi Barb....I'm rolling out some tiles today.

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  2. OH MY those calzones..........! And those are tremendous underglaze pens, NICE!!!!! Shows your great skill too.

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    1. Hi Gary....The calzones were pretty tasty!

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  3. Oh you will have some pretty cool designs with these. xox

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    1. Hi Corrine......It's a different medium for me. so we'll see what happens!

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  4. We are light until almost 6 pm.
    I made your bread yesterday.
    It has become the favorite choice around here.
    Happy slip trailing.

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    1. Hi Meredith....I find more light most encouraging! I use that recipe all the time. I'm considering making variations.

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  5. I have chicken in the oven right now and after seeing your calzones I want THEM instead!
    I also have those bottles and tip sans the underglaze. I use them for squirting regular glazes over shino.

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    1. Hi Michele....Oh yum! Chicken. Maybe calzones with leftovers? Those bottles look good for lots of stuff!

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  6. Dearest Suzi,
    Laughed at your theory of airbubbles cause spitting... So true in many ways.
    Your kitty is like ours, they kind of let you know and I stay PUT and come along with you. They have a fear that we leave them I guess and they are so stinking spoiled... Ours were right onto the freshly coverd flannel duvet cover; like it's their bed and they will let us wriggle in with them. But nothing sleeps more peaceful as with your loved ones; human and furry.
    Hugs to you and yes, I did make soup for supper too and we will have tomorrow some. Used some crab from Costco for a Chinese dish and that was for two days + making 6 kitties happy and repeat treat tomorrow.
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette.....Crab for kitties! They must be in heaven!

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  7. oh that tool looks interesting, can't wait to see what you do with it on clay, can't wait for spring, didn't notice the days as being longer must remember to see when the sun goes down.

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    1. Hi Linda.....I've rolled out some tiles....waiting for them to dry....patience!

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  8. Interesting tool and what a cute cat who knows what she want. Have a nice weekend. Have you tried Google translate?

    Hugs

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    1. Hi Elna...We call her Queen Cat because of the black crown markings between her ears. Google translate works fine....thanks!

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  9. I suspect you're going to have lots of fun with that. I'm looking forward to seeing the results on pots.

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    1. Hi Lori.....A new toy can inspire new ways of doing things....perhaps some black and white is in the offing!

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  10. I like the look of your underglaze experiments. The marks look very lively and "springy". I am doing my first experiments with underglaze on this side of the world. My little glaze bottles don't have different tips like yours, and my lines are more "blobby", but they seem very interesting to use. I am also applying underglaze with various brushes too. It is great how a new tool can inspire a different way of thinking and working. Mmmmmm, your photos of food make me hungry!

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    1. Hi Peter....I have used very little underglaze in the past, mostly with a brush to outline my paintings. I know various potters have uses many different tips. A great favorite in my old co-op was a baby's ear syringe fitting with a cut off needle from a football inflator.
      The calzones or pies are fairly simple to make.
      Enjoy the weekend.

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  11. Those spinach pies look amazing! Would you share the recipe???

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    1. Hi Claudia...Of course i'll share. I'll send it later today.

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