Post by KittyBubbletea on Jun 22, 2017 18:47:42 GMT -8
I am not sure if this should go under the Construction topic, but I'm interested in learning about the different types of porcelain used by porcelain bjd artists. I own three porcelain girls by two different artists. I have been told that one doll is made of Parian porcelain which is an inferior type and is thinner and more translucent than my other two girls. I am not looking to offend any of the artists because all of my dolls are beautiful and treasured by me very much — just looking for a bit of an education and am not sure if this has been discussed but I'm missing it. Also, do artists from certain countries use a particular kind versus another because it is easier to get? I'm very curious about this and welcome any input or comparison photos. Once I learn to post photos from a mobile device maybe I'll add some comparison shots to my post. :-) Thank you!
I am not professional doll artist, but have done few dolls and used different slips. In Finland it is kind of difficult to find porcelain slip, so I just use what ever I can get my hands on. I wish that I could order slip from other countries, especially I've seen some interesting stuff in Unated States, but postage cost would be astronomical and can not afford that at the moment.
Post by princesswisteria on Jul 17, 2020 11:07:02 GMT -8
I know this is an older thread but I felt like commenting. I am surprised to hear that parian porcelain is considered inferior. Why is this? In the U.S. it was impossible to get parian for a very long time. I was so envious of the European and Russian artists that had easy access to parian and I couldn't get it. I had always loved the way it looked, so luminous due to light being able to past through it like with bone china. It is also self glazing. It has a very smooth finish without a lot of effort. At least that is what I found when I finally found a parian porcelain slip in the U.S. and it was more expensive then the regular opaque porcelain (which I also use and like). As for strength. There is cone 6 and cone 10 porcelains. I hear that the higher temperature porcelain is a lot stronger. Not all kilns go to cone 10 easily and it takes it's toll on a kiln after a while, that's why most people like the cone 6 porcelains, which most doll porcelains are I believe. And that's my 2 cents on the subject.