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A lot of times I would look at a piece of pottery or ceramic that I was working on and wish I could make it look like marble or think to myself it would sure look nice if it were marbleized.
You can rush the drying with a hair dryer set on low heat.
This can also be done with your basic paints using the same procedure but instead of firing when it is dry, spray it with a clear spray.
If you use paint and fire it, it will burn all your paint off.
Marbleizing With Glaze
Combining glazes by applying one over another is an old, tried and true technique, yet is one that you never get tired of.
Each piece completed with this method will be different and unique
The Vase picture shown uses a number of glazes to create a marbleized finish.
Try the technique as given below and use it with your choice of satin and art glaze to see what effects you can achieve.
Step 1Select and carefully clean a suitable greenware vase.
Fire the greenware to cone 04.
Step 2Thin some mirror black glaze to the consistency of milk and use it to pour glaze in the inside of the bisque vase.
Pour out the excess glaze and use a damp sponge to wipe off any glaze drips.
Step 3Use a glaze brush to apply three coats of green gold art glaze to outside of the piece and two coats to the bottom.
Apply the glaze evenly and allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.
Step 4Spoon some green antique glaze onto a glazed tile or a plate covered with aluminum foil.
Add 2 or 3 drops of glaze thickener and mix well.
Sponge the thickened glaze onto the vase in an up and down pattern or at an angle. Stop about 1” above the bottom of the piece to allow for any running of glazes during firing.
Repeat the above step with Antique Rose, Steel Gray, and White Satin glazes, allowing the glazes to overlap, if desired.
Allow the piece to dry.
Load a #8 round brush with glossy black glaze and with a wiggly motion of the brush, outline the various color areas. Allow the piece to dry, stilt, and fire it to appropiate cone number.
Another Quick and Easy Marblizing Technique
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Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.
The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.
With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.
When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.
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