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    Wichita, Kansas
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    Remodeling projects, gardening and restoring classic cars.

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  1. Yappy I have started carrying a letter with my from my neurologist that I am disabled. I haven't applied for a handicapped tag yet, I am not ready for the abuse people give you when they don't think you are disabled but are using a handicapped parking spot. MS is one of those invisible diseases also unless you have progressed to a wheelchair. I was buying clay the other day and the lady I usually deal with was having trouble putting the clay in my car. He hands were curled up so tight from arthritis that she couldn't grasp the box. I helped her pick them up and told her that two old ladies could do it if we worked together. She laughed. Now that my husband is retiring I will have help. Denice
  2. My State Farm agent photographed my kiln room when we built our new house and studio, this was 11 years ago. They have never had a problem with my kilns but since things have change I should probably call him. Denice
  3. I also use a stick with a sponge on the end. I bought mine but you could probably make one your self. You can drill a hole slightly smaller that your screw into a dowel rod. Push the screw through your sponge and screw it into the hole you drilled. Denice
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    How To Improve?

    The local college near me Wichita State University has free tuition for seniors but you still need to pay material fees. I attended a nearby community college seminar on tile making. I noticed how much personal attention the beginners got. They had over booked the seminar and I was drafted to be a teacher. I had been making tile for 10 years and knew more about it than the speaker who was from a commercial tile factory. A small community college might give you the help you need. Denice
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    Kilns - new or second hand?

    When you get a kiln and start firing it you also need to learn what temperature it is by the color of the heat. I know both of my cone charts also have a color heat chart. I have been firing a manual electric kiln for 40 years, I can tell what temperature it is at by the color. It is very useful information to have in case something goes wrong with your digital controller. Many times my husband will check on the kiln and tell me it's about to click off, it's color is yellow. I go out and take a look and tell him it needs to be a whiter yellow so it will be another half hour. Denice
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    Plaster for wedging table

    I make my slabs out side, I throw a plastic drop cloth over the side walk. When I was a dental lab technician I learned to use the coldest water I could. This gives you more working time, I also have started making two smaller slabs. I am getting older and it's getting harder to move the slabs around. Denice
  7. Cardboard box is a great idea, my dog likes to clean up my trimmings. I have to watch him to much clay can clog him up. Denice
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    Orange Red Iron Glaze

    I didn't even consider that the talc could be the problem. I had a lot of talc that was probably 40 years old, I sold most of it to Marc C. The old talc had abestos in it and he couldn't make one of his standard glazes with out it. Denice
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    Orange Red Iron Glaze

    I have mixed this glaze for years and have never had any problems with it turning brown. It comes out like the tiles posted, I can see the orange and red in it with a oil spot back ground. I believe this is the way Orange Red Glaze is suppose to look. The type of clay you are testing it can make a difference also. When I am testing a glaze I try it on several different clay's, I think porcelain was used in the samples in the book. You also have to consider the factor of going from a photograph to print production can change a color slightly. Denice
  10. It hasn't been that recent but I added some vermiculite to some clay I was using for a mural. I thought it would make it lighter and give it that rough look I was wanting. It succeeded on both of those but failed in burning out. It was only fired electric to C04, I took a dental probe and dug out all of the powdery vermiculite on the areas that were visible. It might of burn't out if I had fired it to C6. Denice
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    Recommend vendor for Vent Kiln?

    I have been firing electric kilns for over forty years next to a window, I would put a fan in the window to pull the fumes out. If the studio got fumy I would find something else to do. I did buy a Skutt Envirovent system quit a few years ago so I could keep my window closed in the winter. Recently my Envirovent system wouldn't turn on, I had a kiln loaded and ready to go so I stuck my fan in the window. It turned out there was a wasp nest on the flapper of the Enviorvent. I think you could start firing with a fan and look around for a deal on the system you want. I have read instructions someplace on how to build your own exhaust system. If you look around on the internet I am sure you can find them. Denice
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    Bubbling ^06 Glaze

    I can't tell from your photos whether you used a clear glaze but I know it will be milky if it applied to thick. If you are using a red clay that can also cause problems with the glaze. I would try firing first at 04 first before you change anything. Denice
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    New and confused

    When I buy a used kiln I always budget in new elements for it, they usually need rewired. Kiln sitters also need maintenance, I have replace many parts in the sitter over the years. Do you know how old the kiln is and how much it was used? Denice
  14. I have never tried this but I think the rod in a kiln sitter that sets on top the cone might work. The problem is that they are probably too big for beads and expensive. I have had to replace the rod in the kiln setter several times because the end had gotten too thin. Someone who works on kilns might have some used ones. Denice
  15. I am not a big mug maker but when I do I end up with a extruded D shaped handle with enough room for two or three fingers. I have monster hands so if I can get two other people will be able to get three. I tend to make handles that blend into the rim and foot, more of a contemporary look. The handle is wide enough you have a secure feel when holding it not a rolly polly cup. If I made mugs for production I would probably use a different handle, these require more fussing than other type of handles. Denice

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