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  1. Hello, I just started making some jewelry, and I am really confused as to some information I received from the art guild downtown. What I asked was: is there anything I can do (type of clay, firing, etc) to make my pieces stronger..... I am used to slab building, and very new to jewelry; what I was told was to fire my jewelry pieces at a higher cone temp. The higher the cone temp, the "stronger" and more durable my piece. Is that true? Meaning, if I am used to firing at cone 04, if I take the same type of clay, say B-Mix and it is capable at firing up to cone 4 - instead of firing my jewelry at cone 04 and fire it at cone 4, will the piece actually be stronger than if I had fired it at cone 04? If so, why? thank you!
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    Handmade Bead/ornament Holder For Firing?

    i was just about ready to ask something along the lines of the same question - however, I fire to a hotter temp - up to cone 4; is there less expensive wire sources available for wire to withstand higher firing temps? thanks!
  3. Hi all, I am still refining my display as each show passes, but it is a work in progress and is coming along nicely. I do mostly Raku and Horse Hair pottery - items that are non-functional for the most part, and items that perhaps not everyone understands. Oddly enough, some of my venues are at high ranking horse shows (thus custom horse hair work) but I am noticing a lot of people either: 1) do not know what horse hair pottery is (Raku as well) 2) are confused by it 3) don't know what to think about it I have made short 1/2 page informational blurbs to explain what each one (the horse hair and raku) are; but no one reads them I have tried making a very short pictorial "story board" of what the horse hair is, and no one reads that So - my question is - for those of you that display and sell more non-functional/art work - how do you display your work so people understand what it is, are not confused by it, and are attracted to it? Any ideas? Charlene
  4. Thank you all.... @Frederick - thank you, the reason I feel I have to tell people or educate people on which pieces can be used for food, is that usually I only have horse hair or Raku pieces in my booth; then I have customers that are intending to buy a plate or something and make a comment "it will be great to serve my salad in".... I don't feel morally I can sell something that isn't food safe to someone that thinks it is. 1) they won't be happy with my product 2) they might get sick Then when I tell them it isn't food safe, they usually put it back..... so, that is my dilemma! thanks all!
  5. Hi all, I need some advice - our art center uses a spray gun (industrial spray gun ) to spray ceramic glaze on pottery; the man that does it most of the time that has the information is never there when I am and I can't get much information on how it is done - or I guess answers to the main question I have. I want to "layer" paints....but what I am wanting to know, I don't currently have a spray gun and need to go buy one at harbor freight; but I am just planning on using food safe underglazes like Mayco stroke and coats or Duncan concepts....but do you have to water the glaze down to get it out of the nozzle and to spray evenly and consistently? I don't want to copy this image - but this is kind of the effect that I want to do - layer paint, then splatter things on it..... but cann anyone give me advise on using a spray gun tool? thanks!
  6. yes, thank you-- I mean GLAZE, GLAZE, GLAZE....lol - thank you!! The stroke and coats are kind of thick to begin with is why I asked; they seem to kind of want to "cake" on a regular paint brush when I try to use them as is.....thank you all - I did go buy a paint gun at lunch - so will try it and see how it works!! thanks again!
  7. Hi there - I am a little shy, but I have gotten over approaching people for the most part; I am female - so for the most part most of my clients are usually pretty nice to me. I usually say hello, smile, and if I am working in my friends booth - she likes to just say "hi, let me know if there is anything I can help you with, or if you have any questions...."; That seems to work for her, but still I would like to learn the more "art and technique" of selling, be more interactive, and learn to "close the sale" so to speak It isn't like I want to go out and sell a car lol, but there is an art all in its own to selling; it is a skill :0). I am friendly, I smile and say hello to everyone. Thanks for the tips - will work on them! Charlene
  8. Thank you all - all good suggestions - @Clay Lover- I do often display the before and after pot, sometimes that helps and other times they are clueless; they can't figure out the meaning even though the display is marked (what it is intended for, the before and after, etc), @Pres - I have thought of a utube video or something of the like, but haven't had the time to do one yet. Unfortunately, my presentation skills in front of a camera are lacking; much better customer service skills in person. @OffCenter - good point; @Old Lady - I do have nice signage for my booth shelves that indicate at each shelf level that they are decorative, limited food use only (as an example) limited meaning wrapped candy, etc. and that does help.... @Mark - I am making a poster board now that is more professional that has pictures on it, and although I have done this before since the beginning and it hasn't helped, I am hoping a larger version will. Usually I only have three pictures on it, a girl loving her horse, a picture of a tuft of horse hair, and a finished pot; and I did try a tuft of hair, an unfinished pot, and a finished pot.....still having the same issues....but thank you will keep trying! Mea and Celia - thank you - I DO need to get better at salesmanship; this is another topic in itself....But, how do you learn sales skills? I am not talking high pressure sales skills, and I have looked online for classes, but there are skills that definitely can be learned that make it better and easier when you know the "tricks of the trade" so to speak. I know one is to not ask open ended questions; but I have searched online for training, and without knowing what I am looking for, one could spend a lot of money in a hurry.... C.
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    Wheel Woes.....Part 2

    Thanks.....can't tell you how many arguements this wheel has caused with my husband; "isn't it good enough"; "that isn't enough difference to cause an issue in my opinion..."....frustrating; guess my original question was just I was thinking that if I go to level out the bottom of the pot, that if the wheel is off on the horizobtal plane, that my pot will be lopsided.... too hard to visualize :rolleyes:src="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif">
  10. Hi all, I still have a problem with my wheel, and after talking to someone at my art center, and with the people here, I am sure that my wheel head is bent and "not true" ever so slightly. But, since I am fairly new to wheel turning and this has been problematic, I was pretty bummed to find this out! But, after working with it, I decided I had two options, three at best: I could sell it and hope to get my money out of it and advertise it as "not true", I could give up, or I could force myself to learn to use it. It hasn't been an easy two weeks, but things are getting easier and I have managed to turn a few small pots on it, so needless to say, I am learning to use it. Buying replacement parts aren't an option for me right now, we don't have the funds. BUT - here lies my problem now.....how do you trim a foot on a pot when the wheel is not true? I have tried a few, but if the wheel is not centered, then how do I get my foot "centered"? Or am I making too much out of this? lol Thank you! Charlene
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    Wheel Woes.....Part 2

    Hi Mark - it is about a 1/16" of an inch or so; it is weird....I can slip a piece of paper under (or three) under the high end. I can get it mostly centered now, as best I can - when it seems centered, the center doesn't move, but the farther out on the clay I move my fingertips, the more I can feel the uneveness. The only way I seem successful in getting the clay open is to close my eyes and not look at it when I am opening it up; otherwise I make it go further off center, have to go by feeling.... C.
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    Wheel Woes.....Part 2

    Well, as mentioned above, I am sucking it up and learning to use it, it is getting easier and eventually I think it won't be too much of an issue once I get a little better. It is not centered on the horizontal plane, so I am doing the best I can. I did try to have someone that works at our local gallery that also monitors at the art center where I was taking classes arrange to come and turn on it, but she never called back and stopped by. Other than that, I have no idea who to contact to see if there is someone to come throw on it, I don't know anyone else. What I was wondering, is, if it is not true on the horizontal plane (short of the suggestions to make bats that make up the difference) if when starting to trim my bowls, vases, etc to make sure the bottoms are flat, won't they turn out lopsided? Maybe not, I am having a hard time visualizing this. C.
  13. I went back and looked at all the sites/information that you all suggested, but there still isn't much information about how to go about this. I am really surprised that there aren't more people trying this, or that there isn't more information about this type of pottery and the process? I tried to find a book maybe on amazon, and no luck there either What I am looking at doing is something inspiring like (www.palomapottery.com) - I don't want to copy her, but when I was thinking about wanting to add glass to my items, that was kind of the look I was imaging - not marbles, solid large pieces of glass, special glass....she does what I wanted to try - uses recycled glass - so there must be a way? I can't afford to blow up my kiln, and I just need a place to start? Any ideas or suggestions on how to get started down this road would be appreciated - Thanks! Charlene
  14. Thank you, PomPots, I will get my questions together and post them.....most of the items I do now are decorative, so crazing isn't too much of a concern for me now; but I just wanted to get more information and can't find much! Will try the search terms you suggested also - C.
  15. Don't get me wrong, I know I am going to need to test and develop my own practice and process - I just don't know anything about it.....I am new to glass, (don't know anything about that either)...other than some glasses don't mix well, and all are not created equal - so I guess I know a little. I know when I slump my glass I slump it sometimes at come 015 and sometimes at cone 014; I know from the previous post now it will have to be fired hotter, but it just seems like there would be a little more starting information out there- C.
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    Vibrating Brent Wheel

    Wow....VERY interesting; your problem sounds VERY much like mine. I also broke down and called our local gallery where there are two people there that also work at the art center where I take classes, and one of them is stopping by next week to see if there is really a problem, or if this is all in my head. We did get out a measuring device of some sort, and aligned it with the wheel, and there is a SLIGHT difference in the left/right sides - but only like the width of a piece of paper to fit under, maybe slightly more.....but the thickness of a piece of paper isn't much.....so it is hard to believe it could cause that much difference in my centering. My wheel also sat in these people's garage for about 4 years; and we did plug it in to see if it worked, but I would have never noticed this until I put clay on it.... Too weird. I did try again to get a video of mine - working on it - Charlene
  17. Hi all, I just got a new to me wheel this weekend; it is a Brent EX and was used 2 times. I know this is a beginning wheel, but for where I am, that was fine plus I got it for a great price and the lady had only used it twice. I got it setup today and have tried almost all day to get things centered; I am not an expert yet at centering, however have NEVER had this much trouble getting a small mound of clay centered, let along trying ll day and still not getting nothinganything centered. I finally asked my husband to come down and take a look with me. We took off the ball of clay I had on the bat, and noticed that the bat was slightly "wobbling" a little. I took off the bat and ran my finger along the edge of the wheel while it was turned on high speed, and there is a slight "shimmy". All the wheels at the art center where I have been going don't seem to have this little "shimmy", or if they have, I have never noticed it. Today I coned up, coned down, coned up, coned down, coned up....all I succeeded in was making a mess, and a mess, and a larger mess! Could I have done this to the wheel when I transported it? If there is a slight shimmy in the wheel, could this be the cause of my centering whoes, or am I making a huge deal out of nothing (my husband things it isn't that bad....lol). If this IS the potential cause of my centering woes, what are my options for finding the cause of it? Or would I be better off parting with the wheel and saving my money for another one? (this one retails I believe for about $550) Thank you for the help Charlene
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    New Wheel Woes.....

    Well, it isn't the set screw; we tightened everything up today, and it is better, but still the same problem? I did borrow a table top older wheel from a friend, and was able to get something centered on the first try on her old wheel. Granted the second attempt wasn't so good......but I have no idea what to do now....up a creek without a paddle. Granted, I am a little confused, I have seen these wheels on the internet for as little as $600; Georgies in Portland has them advertised for $980 or so...how can there be such a price difference?
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    Vibrating Brent Wheel

    Wow....what are the odds...??
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    New Wheel Woes.....

    I live in Independence Oregon.....probably too far from either of you guys..... I paid $350 for the wheel, and had to drive 4 hours one way to get it; granted I had a nice visit with my Aunt and Uncle while I waited for them to get home to pick it up! I called Amaco, and the other thing they suggested was to check the "Set" screw that holds the whole assembly together? I looked at the user manual, and can't see where that is? Anyone have any guidance? She said to make sure it is tight. If it isn't tight - she said that is most likely my problem, if it is tight - then it is the wheel head is bent. C.
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    New Wheel Woes.....

    I just went downstairs to try to do maybe a short video, but you can't really see what I am talking about. The whole stand however kind of starts to wobble slightly. My issue when I looked at it, I didn't turn it on all the way :0( But, I did notice before I turned it on, I measured the distance between the top edge of the wheel to the top of edge of the stand on the left side and the right side, and there is about 1/16" of a difference between the two. I know my husband means well, he doesn't think this is a big deal; however learning to center, this seems impossible! Now that I know there is a difference in height between the two sides of the wheel, I would suspect that it is definately bent..... I did look up wheel assembly replacements, and they run about $180 which includes the wheel, bearing and shaft? But, could have bought a new one for that.....ugh... Charlene
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    New Wheel Woes.....

    I just looked on the Amaco site, it doesn't say what new heads run - do you have any idea what new heads cost IF that is the problem?
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    New Wheel Woes.....

    My Mistake - I was right, it is a "beginner" wheel, I just got the wrong wheel - it is the "ie" model. Thank you Mark for the suggestion - I took off the Bat, it isn't the bat, it wobbles when I have everything off of it, and just have the wheel (no bat, pins, etc) on high and low speeds and it definately wobbles. Today was the first time I tried to use it, but have no idea what else could be the issue...... I guess I better research how much a new head and bearing would cost, maybe call Amaco? I don't know where else to look or what to look at. I honestly don't know much about the wheels, just that they turn (I know, pretty niave) but this is the first time I have bought one, so I don't really know the mecahnics, etc. so thank you for all of the suggestions. Charlene
  24. One more.....can you put the glass on greenware and then fire to cone 06? Do you put it on Bisque and if so then do you fire it to a glass working range? Thank you all!
  25. Hi all, I can't find much information already on glass infused pottery, how to do it, and the like - but I wanted to try using reclaimed bottles (bottle frit from the same manufacturer, same bottle type,etc)... can someone tell me or give me even basic information on how this process is done? I googled it but really didn't find much information on it - which I was kind of surprise. Very interesting - want to try it!! Thanks! Charlene
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