Pendant and Photo by Mary Jane at Maire Dodd
Not your ordinary household dusting. I have no tips about that. I do know I wake up most mornings hoping the fairies have been in. Ever the optimist.
OK, so what is this about? Well often you will read instructions when you are working with rubber molds or texture mats to give them a light dusting of corn starch to keep your clay from sticking. But just how do you do that? If you use a shaker you are almost guaranteed to get an uneven or too heavy an application of corn starch. This is what I use.
Ta Da! Cheap and cheerful, this is my home made corn starch duster. It's just a square of old t-shirt fabric (originally destined to be a dust rag) with a pile of corn starch in the middle and secured with a rubber band that was cast off from a bunch of green onions. I just pat it into a mold or onto a texture plate and Bob's your uncle, I've got a nice even thin coat of starch. Easy peasy!
A little post script. Sometimes you will see talcum powder recommended as a release. I've used this. Smells nice. But it can leave a scum on your bisque piece because it contains minerals. Corn starch is organic and burns out completely in your bisque firing.