AdamMY wrote: Hannah wrote:
Poor mans kintsugi!! I like it!
I'm so giving that a whirl if (,hopefully not WHEN) I ever break some teaware.
Mind you, if I broke an expensive pot with some hard earned patina, I'd probably be more inclined to pay a professional kintsugi artist, they are few and far between but well worth the money for handmade workhorse pots I think.
Rather curious how either of you can manage to heat it up to 1200F? I'd be worried what would happen hitting my teaware with a torch for such localized high heat levels. I am no thermal stress expert, but considering things like chaozhou teapots have been known to crack from warming up too fast by having boiling water added on a cold day.
While I have heard of people re-firing ceramics to repair them or alter them slightly, I think the only real safe way this can be done is to somewhat evenly heat the entire piece. to avoid localized thermal shocks. While the entire instructions are not posted, I imagine the stove top or butane torch that it says you can use have to be used for long enough to heat up the clay you are hitting to 1200F for a certain length of time, it's probably not just waving it over the part for a few seconds.
Most YMCAs have kilns.... and I'm starting classes soon ... though the issue I see is getting the epoxy that hot... wouldn't it just vaporize? Are there glues that work with that kind of heat?
Alternately... first bake the piece then while it's still warm hit it with the torch all over to minimize the temperature differences.
I see this leading to burn marks LOL.
I have a very cheap broken lid that I think I'll experiment on...
I'm starting to lean towards doing the real thing... it's not as complex as I thought... only two items are needed... no kiln...and years of skill...but everyone starts somewhere...