This video shows how I make my slip decorating tool and how I decorate my work.
This has proven to be a lot easier on my thumb when I am doing so much of slip decoration.

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Comment by Marko Madrazo on January 3, 2014 at 6:50pm

Thank you so much for this tip. I am going to try it. Excellent slip trailing demo. Love the music. Thanks

Comment by Norm Stuart on June 4, 2013 at 10:59am

I use a kitchen stick blender to combine the clay I'm using with Pat Horsely's . . .

"Score no More".

  20 Custer Feldspar (extra flux helps binds slip to clay in the kiln)

  20 Bentonite  (helps suspend more water in the slip)

  20 Calcium Chloride (keeps slip suspended)

    5 Darvan 811 (makes mixing easier Darvan 7 only works with white clay)

  20 Gum Arabic  (I use xanthan gum because it disperses without hot water)

                          (either will need some bleach to prevent mold)

200 Water, or more to the consistency you want. If you need more water to mix the clay, you can always pour off the excess the next day after it settles.

Pat suggests adding this 85 grams of "Score No More" to 1,000 grams of you clay.  But I typically use less clay and more "Score No More". This is incredible for gluing clay slabs together, or for decorating slip. Not everyone has these ingredients around, but they're worth buying.

Comment by Jolee Chartrand on June 4, 2013 at 7:05am

What thickness/consistency do you prefer for your slip?  Also, do you like to make your own or purchase it?  I've tried both techniques and found the purchased slip much easier to work with...

Thanks for your generousity in sharing your techniques!

Comment by Vaughan L Smith on March 25, 2013 at 6:52pm

Nice demo.

Comment by Tracy Wilson on September 3, 2012 at 2:30pm

Thanks for sharing. Your work is awsome. I remember seeing you on HGTV several years ago.

Comment by Amasilis González on August 10, 2012 at 9:13pm

Thanks, it's a great idea!

Comment by Charan Sachar on May 8, 2012 at 6:43am

Thought not required, it is good for the tip to be completely sealed after you roll. That way it is not leaking slip when you put the slip in. Good luck and keep at it.

Comment by Jolee Chartrand on May 8, 2012 at 6:36am

Thanks so much for sharing.  I'm all thumbs when I try this, but determined to get better.  Is the tip totally sealed after rolling?  Sometimes I get a hole at the tip.  Will keep at it! 

Comment by Casey Cheuvront on March 30, 2011 at 8:55am
Great idea! I am off to the dollar store!
Comment by Roz Weinberger on January 1, 2011 at 6:52pm
I have always liked your work. Thank you for sharing your work and the music.


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