Sunday, December 08, 2013

Still playing like a mad scientist

Found larger foam sheets at the Dollar Tree, these 8x12" sheets give me a lot more potential.  I also found that I can use paper tape (also from Dollar Tree) to tape another piece of foam to make a 12"x12" design.  That is as large as the Cameo will take, though could go up to 12x24 if I bought that mat.  Hmmm, well for now, I am having fun exploring new capabilities.  I started thinking I could make templates out of the foam, it does not stick to the clay so it is ideal.  Also the paper tape won't stick either.  I have learned that I dust the packing tape with powder (cornstarch will do as well) and then the tape won't tug on the clay, nice clean releases.  After playing around with a bowl template (I am going to make lots of bowls for our local "Empty Bowl event in March), so I am off and running.  I usually like to test new glazes, forms, etc for this.  So after making a template plain, I decided I could put designs on the templates and when I roll the template and cut, the pot is already decorated, just needs assembly.  More time at the computer designing things to fit this template and learning more about the Cameo software tools as well.  So, here goes some photos showing my templates and a few bowls and other items I have made using the larger foam designs.  All of these are greenware, still in drying process before firing/glazing.  Lots of gray clay, I am using white earthenware for this phase.


























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