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Lesson Plans

Re: clay rattle firing

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San D Hasselman (kprs)
Wed, 20 Oct 1999 21:34:36 -0400

For future firings I would suggest that you just incise designs in the
rattles, bisque fire, then glaze, let glaze dry, and the steel wool the
glaze off of the rattles. The glaze will stay in the incised designs and
not on the piece, which is kinda neat. You can fire them and they won't
stick to the floor of the kiln (but just in case I would make sure I have
kiln washed the shelves).

San D

LynnMarie Paris wrote:

> Hi Janet!
> I did these exact rattles with my middle schooler! and yes I used the
> tripod stands underneat them. Unfortunately the glaze stuck to them too
> and I had to "pop" the stands off of a few of them. Unfortunately the
> glaze was too thick on one and i did not put a paper towel between my
> finger and the stand and I ended up with a pretty good slice on my
> finger.
> Once the stands were popped of a bit of sand paper took of sharp edges
> easily!
> Hopefully other people will have better suggestions.
> LM
> jwells wrote:
> > I hope someone can help me. This is my 3rd year teaching 8th grade
> > art. I teach 3 12wk. sessions. In each session, I teach a clay
> > unit. This time I taught clay rattles out of 2 pinch pots. They are
> > round and turning out great. There's addition and substraction for
> > design. There's no problem firing them the first time because they
> > can touch. The problem I have is after they have been glazed, how do
> > I fire them so they don't stick to each other and my new kiln? I feel
> > silly for not thinking of this before. I do have those tripod items
> > to sit some on, but I'm strapped for time and will have about 120
> > baseball-shaped rattles to fire.Please help.Janet in Connersville