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Be sure and select a good assortment of brushes for your projects.

Start with a 3/0 detail.
No. 2
No. 6
No. 8 flat
No. 3 pointed round
No. 5 round.
Try a variety of synthetic and natural bristles, because this is really a matter of personal preference.

Select acrylic paints for painting ceramics.
They are the easiest to use because they offer good coverage, dry quickly and clean up with soap and water.

Purchase 2 oz. bottles, which are the standard size.
Although some colors are available in 8 oz. bottles, those big bottles are cumbersome, but you can save some of the smaller bottles and pour paint from the bigger bottles into them.

Choose the truest shades you can find: Ceramcoat's Opaque Red is more red than Cinnamon, for instance.
You'll find that each company makes several shades of each color.

Begin with black, red, blue, yellow, green, silver, gold, flesh tone and white.
With these, you can mix just about any shade you'll need.
Most important when mixing, measure how much of each color you put in to make the color you want and above all keep notes, cause believe me you will not remember!!!!

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Brushes come in round bristle and flat bristle styles as well as stipplers, fans, shaders, filberts and other styles. I often trim my brushes to make them the size of brush I want. Trimming them with scissors works fine and I do advise you to give it a try.
They are sized by number; the lower the number, the smaller the brush tip.
A No. 1 is 3/32 inch around, whereas a No. 14 is 3/16 inch.
Brush handles are either hardwood or acrylic.
Hardwood ones are dipped in primer, lacquer and varnish, then stamped with the name of the manufacturer, the series and the size.
Ferrules - the part that holds the bristles to the handle are usually metal and the better ones are seamless and have a double crimp to hold them in place.
Bristles come in many forms.
There are some very good synthetic bristles available, including taklon and nylon.
Natural Bristles are from animal sources such as hog, squirrel, weasel and ox.
Avoid Camel Hair Brushes as they don't hold acrylic paint very well.
With your new brushes gently work the stiff bristles with your fingers under warm running water to remove the sizing that manufacturers put in to protect their shape.

We often wish we knew as much today as we thought we knew when we were 17!

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

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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