Egyptian Paste (aka Faience)

Experimenting in all facets of Egyptian paste, mixing clay, construction techniques, firing solutions, and finishing ie. cold working is in the scope of our discussion. Perhaps we will have time to get around to some practical uses of Egyptian paste, but mostly research into what works will with this media and what does not.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Bead Making Technique For Egyptian Paste

May I present a one minute video showing how I fabricate a bead of Egyptian paste. As you recall, Egyptian paste is a self glazing clay, therefore you won't want to touch it while it is drying. This small video will show you the technique I use to let the bead dry and fire.
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2 Comments:

Blogger ajda said...

Anitra
Good videos - I hope there will be more. I can really see how different your paste is to my first lot made with sand. If I can work out how to post a picture, I'll show you some of the results of my sandy mix. I've had some difficulty tracking down fine silica "flour" (generally just called quartz over here). Most pottery suppliers don't seem have it as a stock item, though they might be using it in their own formulations. One, however, agreed to send me a bag of 300s mesh which I hope will be fine enough, though I won't have a chance to play with it for a couple of weeks as I'm away from home.
Alan

10:22 PM  
Blogger anitra said...

Silica flour is sometimes called flint. The 300 mesh will surely do the job for you. I cannot imagine a pottery studio without silica/flint on the reagent shelve. It is the backbone of all ceramic glaze chemistry.

Your photo of your sand paste came via email; I must see if there is a way to have others contribute content to this blog; otherwise it's a monologue. That's not the purpose that I started this paste page for. I have another blog that is my monologue. Either way, I'll work your photo into my post.

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http://blog.anitraallen.com/

8:35 AM  

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