Magic Slip Tool: Rooster Comb Slip
Video of Tom Coleman below: Applying Magic Slip and using the Magic Slip Rooster Comb.
Description: Magic Slip Tools are made from somewhat soft silicone rubber so they make marks into the liquid slip "gently." They can be used in a horizontal direction as the wheel is turning. Or, swept through the wet slip in other random directions. The sky's the limit! It's all about making marks and ridges that will "hold" the glaze. My inspiration to make these tools is as a glaze artist. I love how one glaze can give a different effect when it flows over thick slip marks! These are individually hand-crafted. Flexible and they stay bent in any direction. Each one of my slip tools create fluid, sensuous lines in thick, decorating slip.
The Rooster Comb leaves behind a few raised, smooth cord-like edges as you gently drag the tool through the slip. Experiment! You can always smooth out the slip and try again. Practice and patients is how you develop your work.
Application Directions: (See videos below). Throw your work and rib it to get the extra moisture off of the surface. Apply Magic Slip. Gently smooth the surface of your slip before using your Magic Slip Tool into the surface. If there are any sharp points wait until it's bone dry and sand them down.
Do Not Cover your freshly applied slip with plastic: It traps the moisture under the plastic and holds it against the slip and causes it to split and crack. It's best to let the extra moisture evaporate off of the slip quickly.
Our Magic Slip surfaces are fairly strong: Wait until it's leather hard then it can withstand the pressure of trimming, carving and handling your work. On the horizontal marks I like to clean it up by trimming the ledges clean with a trim tool as shown in in the images below.
Preparing the surface for bisque and glazes: When your work is bone dry be sure to take a damp sponge to the surface. This will take the dust off and close the pours of the surface and make it a nice surface for the glaze to melt over.
Magic Slip surface prep for decorating with Magic Slip Tools
On the left: Tom Coleman is in his studio applying a thick layer of Magic Slip with a brush.
In the middle: Tom is using the Smooth Magic Slip Comb to gently smooth the surface of the slip before decorating with a Magic Slip Tool.
On the right: Tom is using the Magic Slip Cockscomb Tool to add vertical lines to his tumbler.