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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 11-14-2007 03:51 AM 1266 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought it might be fun to share photos of my tiles drying.

Then again it might be boring.

Well anyways !!

Tiles are sitting on the fiber ceiling tiles you buy from Lowes. Bought the damaged ones real real cheap.

Ceiling tiles are the best for this. Draws the wetness out of the clay and speeds the drying cycle time.

Also have an industrial size box fan blowing 24-7 on them. They’re getting dry extra-quick.

Will start a kiln load sooner then estimated.

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



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Brad_Nailor

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 04:19 AM

Cool! Will you be hand painting these or will you be firing color on them? is there a problem if the clay dries too fast?

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 04:47 AM

Brad

Will probably try several different things. Some will be traditionally pottery glazed and refired. Some will be traditionally glazed and fired only once. Some will be bronze acid patina

Most of the time, drying is critical. If tiles are dried too fast they can crack or warp.
However, I’m using p-clay or sculpters paperclay. It is stoneware clay, grog and paper fiber mixed together. Something relatively new and only available commerically locally within the last few weeks.

This batch is only the 2nd time I’ve used it. Last time I had excellent sucess. My tile making has always been plagued with tiles breaking in the kiln etc etc. Sometimes 50 percent loss for the big ones.

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

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David

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 05:21 AM

WOW! Someone has been busy! It would be great sometime to post a blog on how you do the process of making a tlle from mold to finished product. You do great work and it is always interesting to see your projects.

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Karson

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 05:51 AM

It would be interesting to see the mold making, and the tile making

Wait a minute I think I just repeated what David said. I’m not getting senile, I’m not getting seinle.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 11-14-2007 06:50 AM

Been thinking about using a airbrush to shade the fired tiles.

Mark’s furniture blog mentioned him using a airbrush on his Sandzen carvings. This has inspired me to try that technique. Hope it works for me.

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

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 11-14-2007 07:06 AM

Can you reuse the ceiling tile? Yes I’m interested in the process…just remember to post it twice for Karson…I think he’s getting senile.

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 11-14-2007 07:31 AM

Hello dennis

Been using the same ceiling tile for years.

If you are interested in making tiles this is the book buy

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 11-14-2007 12:22 PM

Hi Dan;

Very interesting. I guess us woodworkers want to know everything!

Is this in relation to your REAL work, or another hobby?

Keep us posted.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 11-14-2007 02:55 PM

Interesting

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 11-14-2007 04:02 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback and interest in my Hobby.

Lee

My real job or is traveling the state of Ohio and Kentucky visiting factories that supply products to Pratt and Whitney Aerospace, Pratt Whitney Rockedyne and Pratt Whitney Power Systems.

Whole variety of work and processes from Space Shuttle main engine parts, jet engine fuel pumps, oil coolers, brackets, machine shops, airfoil edm, investment castings, airfoil forgings, brackets, wireing harnesses, composites, springs, fasteners, gears, bags, platers, heat treaters, coaters and more. My role is Supplier Quality Assurance Representative, acting as the authorizing release agent, auditor, consultant and eyes and ears for the company.

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

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 11-15-2007 09:52 AM

Dan you are a man of many talents, sorry to read about Karson being senile.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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