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    Can anyone tell me where I can buy ceramic clay - or porcelain clay - I'm not even sure what I need!
    basically, I have a mini kiln which I use to fire silver pmc clay.
    I really want to make my own ceramic buttons - which i can fire in the kiln
    What clay should I use and where do I get it from?
    anyone know?

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    What colour clay do you want? I stock-hold and process clays /slip in small quantities for craft/studio potters. I have a nice fine orange to red earthenware clay (fires best at 1040-90 C) which I use for tobacco pipes. It produces little distortion on small items and may be right for you. - I have used it for buttons and fire it to the top end to make it resillient.

    I could stick a sample in the post to you if you'd like to try it?
    mmmmm........ BRICKS! (strokes wall).


    http://www.ajmugridge.co.uk

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    • #3
      Originally posted by brickmaker View Post
      What colour clay do you want? I stock-hold and process clays /slip in small quantities for craft/studio potters. I have a nice fine orange to red earthenware clay (fires best at 1040-90 C) which I use for tobacco pipes. It produces little distortion on small items and may be right for you. - I have used it for buttons and fire it to the top end to make it resillient.

      I could stick a sample in the post to you if you'd like to try it?
      Oo! that sounds interesting!
      What I want to do is to make buttons using the designs I use for other stuff - so basically I want to be able to use glazes on the clay - say a blue button with red and white spots on it. I know nothing about it so I don't know if the earthenware clay would be suitable. Can you add glazes onto yours?

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      • #4
        Oh yes, no probs with that. But if you are planning to "spot" it, why not mould the red clay, then make up a small but thick slip of white clay and apply it wih a fine brush as dots. Leave it to dry off then glaze it and fire.

        I should point out that for best results the slip should be applied to the base clay while that is still new-made. I could probably send you some slips to try as well. Currently I have a pink and a white. Might even have some green kicking about but no promises on that one.

        It is great fun working with clays and seeing what you can do with them.
        mmmmm........ BRICKS! (strokes wall).


        http://www.ajmugridge.co.uk

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        • #5
          Have a word with Les Bainbridge
          http://www.bainbridgeceramics.co.uk/

          They will advise you and let you have some samples of their clays free to try.

          John
          I follow the "Way of the Clay"
          http://www.lockettpots.co.uk

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