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RAKU LEAF VASE

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RAKU LEAF VASE

Designer: Renee Lindquist

SUPPLIES

Form

  • SB-114 8” Vase or create your own using Raku clay

Colors

  • RK-101 Copper Metallic
  • RK-106 Peacock Matte

Decorating Accessories

  • DSS-111 Botanical – Leaves
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Place some RK-101 Copper Metallic, RK-106 Peacock Matte on a palette or tile and sprinkle with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Using a palette knife mix color and medium to the consistency of thick peanut butter. If the mix is to thin add more AC-310 Silkscreen Medium or if too thick add more Raku Glaze. Too thin of a mixture will bleed under the screen and give you a blurred image. Too thick a mixture will make it hard for the product to penetrate through the holes in the screen and give you blank areas in your screen.
  3.  On this project place the shiny side up for more of the raku glaze to go through the screen. Position the screen on the piece. Hold in place, starting from the center out, rub the mixture on the screen with your finger.  Lift a corner up to check if you are applying enough color.  Remove the screen and wash with water.  Do not let the color dry in the screen. This will cause damage to the screen
  4. How to use AC-310 Silkscreen Medium Video Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXnf9TYeJN0
  5. Fire your piece in a raku kiln that is outside to about 1800 or until the glazes are all shiny.
  6. Use a metal can with a lid that a little larger than your piece line it with newspaper.
  7. Use raku tongs and protective raku clothing. Pull your piece out of the kiln and place it gentle in the can with the newspaper, allow the paper to catch on fire and cover with the lid. (Do not take the lid off the can until your piece has cooled completely).
  8. When your piece has cooled clean your piece as it comes out of the can with a stiff brush or green kitchen scrubby to lean off the carbon.
  9. Have fun and use caution when you Raku