By Kristin Peck
Developing hand-crafted decorator tiles might be enjoyable and simple! This pleasant method of making hand-crafted ceramic tiles demonstrates the way to layout, fireplace, and beautify gorgeous tiles and offers principles for creatively using them in the house. greater than two hundred images advisor readers via each one step of the construction approach after which into 4 tasks: culinary tiles, twig tiles, residence numbers, and a reflect. compatible for each ability point, this e-book additionally includes thought and perception from tested artists from round the country.
- targeted directions, photos, and illustrations verify success
- comprises different designs and proposal from artists during the nation
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If the clay has not been de-aired, you will need to wedge it, which will take some time. Most clay companies de-air their clay, allowing you to use it directly from the 25 lb. block. The slab of clay you cut should be 1/4" thicker than the deepest part of the mold and fit within the opening of the tile. This extra thickness helps cushion the mold from the force of the mallet when you are pressing the tile. Experience will give you the ability to get the most slabs out of a block of clay. If you plan to do more than one or two copies, take the time to cover your slabs with plastic so they will not dry out before you are ready to press them.
If you have purchased a used kiln and it does not come with detailed instructions, contact the manufacturer for directions for your particular model. Most programmable kilns will already have a pre-programmed bisque firing ready to go at the touch of a button. Manual kilns should have detailed instructions on the firing schedule for a bisque load. The routine guidelines for bisque firing dictate a temperature rise of 100ºF per hour until 390ºF to 400ºF has been reached. At this point all the residual water has evaporated and any organic matter has burned off.
As long as a tile does not have any undercuts, it can be cast in plaster and then pressed. Always remember that the subsequent tiles will only be as good as the original. This is the time to check and recheck your tile for imperfections and undercuts. An undercut occurs if the clay is cut under your design, forming a small gap. When you cast your tile, the plaster flows into the gap and forms a ridge that holds the clay in the mold. While further tooling can be done on slight undercuts after the mold is poured, it can be hard to correct large undercuts without distorting the design.