Playing with Fire

De pitfire.

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The pieces of work are first baked in the electric oven up to 950 C. biscuit. Outside, a pit in the garden is filled with sawdust and old newspapers. The piece of work are doused with a solution of cobalt, iron or copper sulphate. This to get a deeper color. Wood is laid between the pieces and set on fire. After burning up the wood, it only becomes visible what the flames have done to the piece of work. The action of the sawdust, the newspapers, the wood and the sulfates give a lively, flamed result. It’s always a surprise what the result is. When everything has cooled and cleaned, the piece of work is rubbed with beeswax. The color comes to life and makes the piece of work shine.

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