May 2010 Archives

The Box.

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This is a picture of the box in progress. It is 18" tall and 48" wide. I used a real light black spray paint mist to emphasize the wood grain. After it dried i sanded it away, and finished it with a "ebony" wood stain. Resulting in a glossy black finish.

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THE PROCESS.

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The tile press.

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The die- 4" x 4"

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A ball of low fire white clay (cone 03-04). Roughly 10 onces

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Beginning to press (manual)

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Press complete.

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Switch to turn on the air which comes through small holes in the die to release the clay, refraining it from being stuck.

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Bottom die releases first, when the press is still complete

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Because the bottom is released it is now stuck to the top.

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Once you turn the air to the top die, it then falls gently with out damaging the perfectly smooth surface.

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After the press is complete, the clay now looks like this.

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By using a exacto knife you carefully trim up the edges that are half way pressed in.

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A single completed tile.

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Multiple, top and bottom.

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Next, placed into the kiln.

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Unfired. fired.

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Grouping.

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