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Paper Porcelain Lady Slipper Orchid

by Renate Fackler Commissioned Work

Paper Porcelain Lady Slipper Orchid

Once the paper porcelain “Lady Slipper Orchid “ was fired, I had a choice of leaving the porcelain white, or making it look like something else- As porcelain is a beautiful white, I considered leaving it white, however, after firing , there were cracks that required repair. To repair fired clay, I fill the crack with either epoxy putty, or PC-7, which is strong, epoxy paste. Then, after sanding it, I spray it with a primer to create a unified surface to accept the finish. If I wanted to stay with a white finish, Duncan has a spray paint called Snow drift that once sprayed on, has a dusty white surface, similar to the finish of fired porcelain. I chose to make the work look similar to bronze, by coating it with a liquid brush on paint. After applying a second coat of the paint, I sprayed, and stippled, tiffany, an acid, on the wet coat of paint. The paint and the tiffany react together, creating a greenish patina, resembling oxidized bronze. Ron Young of Sculpt Nouveau, provides a variety of patinas to use on any substrate in conjunction with either bronze, copper or silver base coats to create the look you want. Once the finish is dry, I spray it with an acrylic sealer, and then wax it to preserve the patina, and provide sheen similar to the finish of cast bronze after it is waxed.

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