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|Email's from Customer
having POURING PROBLEMS:
I still can't get the pouring not to sometimes get lines. Is that from pouring too slow or stopping?
|Email from Customer having problems firing:
We recommend firing Regal Slip to cone 6 except African, Mullatto, and Modern which can be fired to cone 5 to prevent a sheen. Regal will china paint beautifully at a cone 5 with no "MILDEW".
Use a cone 6 in kiln setter and until you are familiar with the way your kiln fires, use witness cones in each firing. You will find that most kilns fire true to cone on the shelf that is level with the setter, a cone COOLER below the setter and as much as a cone HIGHER above this level. Fire with all switches on low & lid propped for one hour. Turn all switches on medium for one hour. Then turn kiln to high, close lid and fire to maturity.
As you can see the Regal Slip has a wider range for firing and thus maturity occurs at 5 and less chance of mildew. I recommend that if you must mix colors of slip in a firing, you place you darker pieces on the bottom of the kiln with a 6 cone in the kiln setter. The color of the slip will not make you kiln fire longer only the cone in the kiln setter, warm up time, cold outside kiln air, but not something you are firing unless you have a whole lot of pieces in the kiln. Smaller packed kiln take less time the fully packed kilns - placing pieces too close together risk air circulation problems and possible firing problems. Always allow enough space around each piece. An average load is desired.
|Q-1. RE: Pouring and Firing
a large Flange Neck Head and what about stuffing prop in openings?
Customer: I fired my cuddles
that I poured with the dent and it sunk in at the middle of the head was I
supposed to fire it standing on it's neck? It's so huge I put it on it's back
of the head and put the stuffing in the neck opening and it still made
it oval shaped., and the leg opening too. What a disaster, I'm glad I'm using
your cuddles for my lady, but how can I fire it without collapsing?
I can't have her disappointed in another doll. I hope you
can help me with that problem. Yes you can put my questions n your
help page, just don't put my name. I'll be embarrassed that I
had to ask so many questions.
I read in my instructions to soft fire 019 is that why it was too soft? Why do they tell you to in the instruction book if its too soft? They also say to fire soft fire greenware to bisque skipping low and going right to medium with the door open for 10 minutes to dry it and then close it and fire 4-6 hours then put peep in and fire on high until it drops ( the kiln sitter) Is that right? I always start on low for an hour then medium 2 hrs then high with peep in until it drops, is that right? sometimes it takes 4 and half hrs sometimes up to 6 and a half. why? Does it take less time to fire darker slip?
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|Q-5. Do you know of a formula
for enlarging or reducing doll body or clothes pattern?
|Q-6. I received this email and feel it is worth listing
a printable link on this page.
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|Q-7. What is the mixture ratio of china
paints to make Virginia LaVorgna's "RuBert Red":
|Q-8. What is one of many huge differences
between modern and antique dolls and the terminology?
As explained by Doll maker & expert, judge, artist,
|Q-9. How do you measure?
Click Here: How to measure: Heads for Wig sizes, Eye size, Shoes sizes, & Doll Stands sizes.
|Q-10. Why are things always in the last
place I look??????????
(I was having a pitty party and needed some sympathy from my Dolly - Friend Karen Welch
sent me the question.
My response: After laughing was: I don't know but that seems to always be the case.
Maybe after we find it you don't need to look any more. LOL
|Q-11. Tip from Doll Artist Karen Welch.(2
recommendations she had for uses with China Painting.)
1). Karen found that Craft Stores i.e.: Hobby Lobby carry a Micro (tiny)
cute tip that is
2). Karen also bought and used the Lowell Cornell "Style Six" package
|Q.-12 Porcelain Slip Comparison Chart for Bell
Slip - that is comparable to New York Doll Products Slip (Seeley) and
Regal Slip Colors was(Crest Molds)
Not exact but close comparison Note we do not carry any Seeley Slip products or Tints.
Porcelain Comparison Chart
Bell NYDP - Seeley's Regal
* White / * Fashion White Lady White * Antique White
* Blue White / * Azure White Pure White * Snow White
Essex Bone White
Flesh Dresden Sheer Flesh
* Ivory / * French Glow French Bisque Fleshtone
* Misty Cream /* Champagne California Sunrise * Modern Flesh
* Tender Beige Golden Tan * Creamy Tan
* French Antique / French Rose Naturelle Regal Flesh
French Blush / * English Rose American Bisque / NATURELLE
Doll Flesh Pale Rose * Rose
Oriental Flesh – Desert Tan Aztec Tan * Oriental Flesh
Indian Flesh - Native Bronze Mohican * Bronze Flesh
Regal Brown / * Cinnamon French Chocolate * Africian Flesh
Brown Flesh Brown Velvet
* Black Slip Ebony * Black Slip
* Mocha * Mulatto-Soft Brown
* Oranmental White - purest white shiny
* Asian Flesh ( discontinued slip color)
* Dark Pink ( discontinued slip color)
* Indicates Slip color available 6/2014 If (*) is not present by color we do not pour in that color slip. added 6/2104
|Q - 13 What are some of the Description
for Bell Slip that you have avaliable.
1. French Glow WA5002 is the perfect choice for pure color - no base tones for paler dolls or for all over washed dolls.
French Glow is also a near perfect match to Seeley's French Bisque.
French Glow Cool, creamy ivory complexion.
Cool, creamy ivory complexion;
A must for lady, modern, and some antique reproduction dolls;
Add colored washes for more dramatic effects.
Good base color for animals
1a, Ivory PC1015
Wonderful warm creamy beige; Excellent for antique reproduction or modern ladies and children of all age groups; Use light colored washes for dramatic results
2. French Antique PC1006 Bell's most popular color flesh colored porcelain.
Provides a healthy soft pink color for babies, modern dolls and some antique reproductions.
French Antique is more pink based
3. Misty Cream PC1024 or Champagne - perfect for many of Dianna Effner's dolls - especially the babies.
Also perfect for Asian or Oriental dolls where a lighter skin tone is preferred.
Misty Cream is a darker beige skin tone, while Champagne is softer, more neutral with beige undertones.
A light, soft golden beige skin tone - perfect for babies, light colored oriental, or natural complexion for your modern dolls where a warm skin tone is desired.
3a. Champagne WA5003
The lightest golden honey tone; Use with golden browns and warm reds for a radiant complexion on all your modern dolls. Also a good base color for animals (i.e. bears)..
4. Mocha is the color of choice for the slightly brown suntan base.
Perfect for hispanic, light colored AA/Cau bi-racial, Indians, or whenever a very light brown flesh is desired.
Mocha is the color of choice for hispanic, AA/Cau bi-racial, Indians, or whenever a light brown flesh is desired.
Fire Cone 6
5. Tender Beige is perfect for the lighter suntan or just a healthy glow skin tone
Tender Beige Provides a healthy golden tone-beige color for babies, modern dolls and some antique reproductions
Fire Cone 6
6. WA5004 Native Bronze is a softer red brown - perfect for many Native Americans without the harsh red of Indian Flesh.
Deep California suntan; Use with a variety of colored washes for deeper skin tone on ethnic dolls, or use alone for a healthy Native American coloring.
A softer sun-kissed red-brown than Indian Flesh for Native Americans.
Vary the skin tone with the use of brown washes.
This color is also good for animals.
Fire Cone 5 We pour in Regal's Bronze - a comparable color for Indians.
7. WA5005 Cinnamon is slightly darker shade than Mocha.
Used for many lighter toned African American dolls.
Creamy milk chocolate at its best;
Use alone for paler shades on ethnic dolls or with colored washes for more exotic skin tones.
Fire Cone 6 We also have Regal's Africian Flesh Fire Cone 5
8. PC1001 White
Soft creamy white; Popular choice for figures, flowers, and ornaments
Fire Cone 6 We also have Regal's Antique White also Fire Cone 6
9. English Rose - We pour in a comparable color that my customers that pour in Seeley's Naturelle request. That differes from Chart in # 11 above for comparagle colors. Fire Cone 6
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