those unfinished craft store ornaments?

ArtsyCraftsyNovember 27, 2002

.....the unglazed clay ones that most people just paint? What kind of clay are they? If I wanted to buy some glaze to paint them, then get them fired, how do I choose what glazes to buy? I bought about 20 last year after christmas for less than .25 each



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They are 'probably' a low fire earthenware. 'Usually,' but not necessarily all, inexpensive bisque from ceramic stores is low fire.

I would test one with some low fire glazes and see how it turns out. Or if you have a borken one, you could test fire that.


    Bookmark   November 29, 2002 at 9:35AM
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thanks, Cindy! That's what I was thinking. I do not have my own kiln, so I need to pay for kiln time & was hoping to do them all in one shot.


    Bookmark   November 29, 2002 at 8:46PM
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Before you do all the work, I suggest you ask if a kiln owner will even fire them. I have never fired those, but have heard people talking - saying they might damage the kiln. I wonder if anyone out there has fired the Walmart type stuff? Anyone out there???

    Bookmark   December 5, 2002 at 8:07PM
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I don't think you fire the Walmart type stuff. I think you can just use those new paints and bake in the oven. I just pulled out some things we poured and fired at a ceramicclass back in the 70's. I still have to finish my sister's bisque snowman punch bowl and her Christmas village. I wonder if I'll ever get around to it. 3 years ago I had the inside of the punchbowl and inside of the cups glazed and fired at the senior center. Artsy, you might check in your town to see if they have a kiln at a Senior Center. They might do it for you.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2002 at 12:02AM
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Do you mean those flat ornaments? I think they might be plaster of paris based. They sell a card with paints to use on them in the same area.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2002 at 8:33PM
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I do have some plaster ones, but these are completely dimensional hollow ceramic. What damage would happen? Would they shatter? I could check the senior center but I don't want to load a kiln with potential "shrappnel"!

    Bookmark   December 16, 2002 at 7:06PM
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If they've been fired once, they are not like to become shrapnel. That's usually only a risk when it's greenware.

Did you consider painting them? Or staining them? Just another idea.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2002 at 9:25PM
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I guess most people do paint them, but I really wanted that glossy ceramic finish with a crackle effect to it. Or maybe some of those cool retro glazes with the multi-colored blotches!


    Bookmark   December 17, 2002 at 9:52AM
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I'm wondering if you couldn't use some of those new paints for glass that you "fire" in the oven. I bet you could get a nice glossy look that way.
I remember painting bisque and then using a glossy spray finish on pieces.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2002 at 8:59AM
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