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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 11-13-2007 05:31 AM 1197 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent this weekend pressing clay tiles.

Used up 100 pounds of p-clay or sculptors clay in about 25 different handmade molds made from my mahoagny carvings.

70 tiles. Esimate 3 or 4 kiln loads.

Largest tile is over twelve inches high.

Smallest is about 4 inches.

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-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain



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#1 posted 11-13-2007 05:41 AM

Thats cool! Where are the tiles going to be placed?

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 05:43 AM

Will probably frame them and sell ‘em.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 05:44 AM

Is your basement, garage, bedroom full of molds.

Great job Dan.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 05:58 AM

Kind of funny you asked Karson !
We relocated to Ohio a couple years ago. Peggy and I live in a 1920’s brick two-story with a basement and attic. When the movers carried in the boxes, everything went everywhere.

Several boxes of molds ended up in my upstairs office.

To press the tiles in the photos I had carry the molds into the basement shop. Have other molds somewhere. Probably in the attic. Think there are some in the garage too. We still have many boxes that have never been opened or explored. Most in the attic.

when the tiles are dry and ready to fired, probably in a week, will carry them to the back porch where I keep the kiln.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 06:15 AM

There is a term that always comes to mind when I think of you Dan – Renaissance Man.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 06:23 AM

If You want the truth Karson, The tiles are drying in the basement which also happens to be where the laundry room/tile drying room is! Just kidding I’m glad You guys got Dan thinking about these again, he’s got some really nice tiles and we’ve always had fun selling them on ebay. I had even forgotten what molds he had it’s been so long. Peggy (Dans Wife)

-- Peggy

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 06:46 AM

Peggy: glad to have you around also. Keep him honest. He does great work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 06:47 AM

I think I agree with you, Todd. Renaissance man really fits. Dan , I’m glad you got these back out to show us. From what I’ve seen so far, these are some really neat art work and should be shared with your friends(us). and sold to all others. And of course make lots of money to buy nice things for Peggy. Right, Peggy? Now Dan don’t forget to show us the rest of the process.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 11-14-2007 05:28 AM

Dan -

I agree with The Renaissance Man . . . another cool posting. I find this process fascinating and very complimentary to woodworking. You do great work – thanks so much for sharing!

David

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#10 posted 11-14-2007 04:17 PM

Thanks for all the terrific feedback ! It is my pleasure to share my work with others.

Todd, Thos and David … The Renaissance Man … hmmmm … sounds like a lot to live up to …

I’m not worthy, ...... I’m not worthy ….

Just entertaining my self in my middle age >grin<

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 04-21-2008 03:44 AM

here are some tiles made from the 100 lbs of clay

used various combinations of bronze, copper, brass, iron and acid patinas.

also used kiwi brown shoe wax, shellac, acrylics, krylon as a base coat etc.

stoneware tiles fired to 2185 degrees

this weekend I made seven frames for seven tiles. Sapele in a greene and greene style. will post them in project pages.

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#12 posted 11-17-2010 09:28 PM

Dan…. not sure of your technique now as this blog is almost three years old, but from the pictures it appears that you are hand pressing each tile probably with a soft mallet/wood block/canvas or similar method. I was going to mention, if you are still using this method, you might want to look at Frank Giorgini’s book (if you haven’t seen it already) called Handmade Tiles: Designing-Making-Decorating available on Amazon.com

In his book he has the plans for a really great tile press based on a turn of the century model, and fairly cheap to build, heavy duty construction, as well. With this and a few other small tools that he constructed (all included in the book) he was able to press out 100 relief tiles in one day, by himself. Big labor savings in time. I’m constructing one now to facilitate all the tiles I’ll be making to finish my house renovation this winter.

Continued success to you… love all your tiles and frames!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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