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Ceci N'est Pas Magritte

 
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Alison Belt



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:14 pm    Post subject: Ceci N'est Pas Magritte Reply with quote

I know it's been dead around here for a while, so maybe you all would enjoy a few snaps of a portrait of my husband:

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Jeanette Lewis



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Location: Merseyside U.K.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This made me smile Alison, with the reference to Magritte !
He's got a good strong face.
Has this been cast or fired ?

You are right about the forum being slow for a while...
I popped in as I wondered how much % shrinkage you allow on wet clay?
to achieve the desired final size.
Would you be able to help?
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Alison Belt



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was fired. I honestly don't know about shrinkage rates. I should, Smile. This is a cone 6 clay that I only fire to cone 05, so there isn't a whole lot of shrinkage. I actually really like the color it turns when it's fired all the way to cone 6 but I am afraid it will shrink too much, so I've never fired anything other than some Christmas ornaments up that high. I should do some tests or something. I've basically just sculpted 1:1 and then whatever it ends up being is fine with me.
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Jeanette Lewis



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alison,
I like the finish you got on the portrait.
I came across the video link above yesterday, which seems to have some good ideas and may be useful if you can get your head around the instructions!
http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-supplies/pottery-clay/video-of-the-week-how-to-determine-clay-shrinkage-and-make-a-shrink-rule/

I am not firing a piece, so the shrinkage rate is just for my sculpting purposes.
I'm about to start a clay figure, which has to fit inside a specific size of church apse.
Previously my figures shrunk back around an inch during the modelling, so I will try oversizing by the same...
(Happy hols for Christmas by the way!) Smile
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Phil Minchinton



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alison,

Thanks for posting your portrait, I really like the strength of it and the finish you've achieved. Your husband must be very pleased to have been 'captured' so well!

Regards and wishing you a Happy Xmas & continued success for 2016

Phil
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Heidi Maiers
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful - and thanks for livening things up around here! Forums just aren't what they used to be, but we have a good community of sculptors here and I'm so glad some of you are sticking around.
I agree about the shrinkage issue, which is why I only bisque fire my pieces as well.
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Lori



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice - a strong piece with a lovely patina!
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