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  1. If you want crystals, not like GlazeNerd's, in a matte look up Steven Hill's firing schedule. It really doesn't affect glossy glazes. He does fire to a cone 7, but as CAD Stephen has said, you can regulate that with the top temp hold. I would suggest to do what GlazeNerd has suggested. At 2050 until top temp, slow the firing down to 125*F per hour. I slow it down to 108*F to match the Orton SSB cone chart suggestion. This slowing down will allow pinholes to disappear. When the temp reaches 100*F less than top temp, I hold for 20 minutes to further smooth out pinholes.
  2. This is Ingleton Pottery throwing a Moon Jar - it is a start...Also in a Ceramics Monthly, I think it was Pottery Making Illustrated there is an article where the potter used a plumbing flange, or something, to hold the opening from collapsing.
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    low fire reduction shino glaze recipe

    Did you click on the link provided, or key the link into your browser? Clicking on the provided link loads a page full of pics.
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    Cone6 scratch resistant base glaze

    Did you try the G2934 glaze mixing in a clear glossy? I did a line blend and came out with clear glossy 40% and G2934 60% that is really hard - cannot make it cutlery mark. I used my version of clear glossy but I'm sure using Tony Hansen's clear will work.
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    Calcining Cobalt Carbonate

    My understanding of copper or cobalt carbonates is they have an extra Oxygen molecule. 1.5g carbonate = 1g oxide.
  6. Shawnhar you've been holding out on us. I do not believe we have seen the gorgeous turquoise glaze. Fear of the unknown. Keep your mouth shut about anything negative. Grin when the customer expounds over a piece - good or bad. Only you need to know why it is not the "perfect" pot. GOOD LUCK
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    Send me to the store

    EPK, Silica, and to some extent Gerstley Borate will be in just about every cone 6 glaze you will make. I wouldn't buy too much soda ash. If I were to buy 1 glaze book it would be John Britt's Mid-Range Glazes . Excellent for beginners thru experienced potters. John Britt's DVD, Understanding Glazes is good also. However, the book teaches the same material as the DVD. Being old school, I like looking it up in a book instead floundering around with a DVD. And the book has glazes recipes with pics of most glazes on different clay types. Must have a very accurate method of weighing ingredients.
  8. Making my own texture stamps I have always only bisque fired them before using them. Is there a reason to NOT fire the stamps to the clay's maturity? As a single firer I don't want to do a special bisque firing for a few stamps. Also, I don't need anymore calcined EPK.
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    Corn syrup

    I have used fake maple syrup and it worked fine. maybe it is the stickiness that holds the pieces together till they dry. Remember, only use spooze on bone dry clay pieces, if you want it to work. Remember, wherever you go, there you are.
  10. Pres, your hands sound like mine. On both hands I have bone on bone where the thumb connects to the hand. Bone spurs, also. I too, cannot pull handles anymore. I could, but it would ruin my hands for a couple of days. My handles are slab made. Any pinching action with the thumbs is painful. Just as you had suggested Pres, if my hands are busy in clay throwing, they don't ache so much as if they are idle. As a programmer, I'm hammering on the keyboard all day but something about clay is soothing to the hands. For every movement made with my hands I first analyze how that my affect the use of my hands after the movement is completed. Then try a different approach if pain ensues. For punching decorative holes in a piece, I started using a drill instead of hole punches. The drill proved too much strain on the hands. Actually punching holes with the punches does not feel bad, it is the clean up of the hole, the little ridge around the hole, afterwards that is a pain. I am allergic to the arthritis medicines and having only 1 kidney, I cannot take any over the counter meds for pain. The stick blender is a real pain to use. But it is the best tool to use. Last night I mixed up and added water to 13 glaze tests using the stick blender. Also sieved 2 production glazes. I use small brushes, about the size of the Talisman brushes, for the sieve, easier to hold than a scrapper. Today the hands are very sore. But it is what must be done to advance my pottery. Oh yeah, having only half a left thumb adds to the complexity of holding tools, especially a rib on the inside of a pot. A lot of finger wrapping around the tool to hold it. Also holding some tools between the middle and ring finger, either hand, helps to control the tool with minimal pain. Without clay I would be miserable.
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    For reference, about 10 years ago I bought a used Brent C that was 4 years old. It was $400.
  12. I use an undercut on the inside of the foot. You can then hang the platter on a nail or screw and will not fall off. Also have cut a groove on the outside of the foot to wrap a wire around and make a loop to hang on a nail or screw.
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    pugmill manual needed

    Babs you may have already downloaded this ---> http://www.shimpoceramics.com/support.html <---scroll down about half way, Under Pugmills is an entry for NVA-07 & NVA-15. It says not available at this time, but it really is. I was able to download a .pdf.
  14. Oldlady that is a spot of Strontium Crystal Magic Cool with Pete Seafoam over it. The "brown" glaze is Red Orange that will go shiny copper if the glaze is not layered over or under any other glaze. Looks like a brand new penny.
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    Stamping Pottery

    When throwing, incise a thin shallow line to use as a guide. This line can then be rubbed out after stamping, if need be.

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