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Raku Lint Feeder - Spring Yellow and smoke

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Birdie tested, birdie approved!

Its always seemed a bit of a waste to me to just toss the lint from our dryer into the trash.

Problem solved with this little lint feeder! Hang it on an exterior wall, fence post, tree or anywhere birds gather in spring, and let the birds feather their nests with your dryer lint!

Stoneware clay is wheel thrown and embellished, then brushed with porcelain slip and glazed and fired using the Raku technique.
When the dish was bone dry, it was glazed with slip and crackle glaze.
It was then placed in the kiln and very slowly heated to about 1800 degrees f, at which time the glazes melt and become fluid. While still glowing hot, the dish was removed from the kiln and placed in a container of combustible materials where the atmosphere in the container works its magic on the glazes.

After 20 minutes or so, the pot is removed, cooled and cleaned of soot and debris.
To protect it from the elements, it's then given a coat of UV blocking marine varnish inside and out.
Because of the amount of thermal shock inherent in the process, American Raku ware is rather delicate. It is not intended to be used for food, and is sensitive to extreme temperatures and moisture, so you should bring your lint feeder indoors for the winter.

Your Lint Feeder will come pre-loaded with premium grade alpaca shearings to get you started!
It measures about 4 inches across and 3" deep.
Unglazed perch provides contrast and good grippiness for birds.

I'd like to caution you NOT to use lint from clothes dried with a dryer sheet, as its not good for birdies!
Its also best if you don't use dryer lint until after your area's rainy season is done, as wet lint can compromise the integrity of a nest's structure.

Other materials you may want to consider in your Lint Feeder are:
- Yarn or string—cut into 4- to 8-inch pieces
- Human or animal hair (especially horse hair) (use short lengths—no longer than 4-6 inches long)
- Pet fur (Never use fur from pets that received flea or tick treatments)
- Sheep's wool
- Feathers
- Plant fluff or down (e.g. cattail fluff, cottonwood down)
- Kapok, cotton batting, or other stuffing material

You can see more of my raku items in my Etsy raku shop:
http://theSquarePegRaku.etsy.com

Raku Lint Feeder - Spring Yellow and smoke

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: stoneware clay, glaze, fire
  • Ships worldwide from Oregon, United States
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