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    Benzine reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in The perils of using a .CO domain name   
    I would suggest that if the .com extension is taken, .net would be a better one to try than using an extension from another country. Using another country’s extension will affect how you show up in search, which matters if you’re trying to reach a local market base, or even just one where you don’t have to ship internationally. 
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    Benzine reacted to GEP in The perils of using a .CO domain name   
    Lots of new business owners are finding that the .COM domain names they want are not available, or that they are considered "premium" domain names and are too expensive for a small business owner. Many are opting to buy .CO domain names instead. (.CO is the country code for Colombia, but the suffix is being marketed to American audiences as a close approximation of .COM). 
    I don't think there's anything wrong with having a website with a .CO url. But there is a serious problem with using a .CO domain name as your email address. Don't do it! 
    These days, most website are visited with a hyperlink, so the visitor does not need to know the exact url. However, email addresses are often keyed in by the sender. Many people will reflexively type .COM instead of .CO.
    Recently, another small business registered a domain name that is the same as mine, but with the .CO suffix. I get a lot of emails that are meant for her. When it started, I contacted her and let her know it was happening. I forwarded her emails for a month or so. But she wasn't doing anything to solve the problem. In fact, sometimes it was clear that she signed up for a service or newsletter and typed in her own email address incorrectly. 
    Eventually, I told her that this problem was her responsibility, and I would no longer forward her emails. She once again refused to change anything. I sensed that she thought I was bothering her, or being “mean.” She has missed out on some rather important sounding emails since them. I am baffled by her response. If I knew this was happening to my business emails, I would consider it an emergency that needs immediate solving.
    If you want to buy a .CO domain, that's fine for your website, but not your email! Stick to a gmail address instead, or anything else that does not invite confusion. 
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Old Electric Kiln and Kiln Sitter installation   
    We should probably start with what you hope to get out of this kiln. How hot do you need to fire?
    Next, what's your comfort/ability level with electrical systems? Do you have a digital multi-meter?
    Third, are you willing to spend some money and time to get this thing working? Depending on what you spent, you may be better off taking the loss and buying a different kiln. This kiln needs rewiring, a switch, a power cord, control box, a stand of some sort. Once you get into the details, it may also need new elements. You could end up spending several hundred dollars just getting it to work safely.
    I'd ditch all the electrical parts and turn it into a gas fired raku kiln, if you have any interest in raku.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Rae Reich in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Underglaze crazing   
    I would try adding some gum. Thinning them out shouldn't matter, they just go on thinner.
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    Benzine got a reaction from JohnnyK in Sink In My Classroom Solution   
    I would say, the drainage problem may be due to the build up of settled clay, over the years.  So even when you aren't working with clay, it's still causing a problem.
     
    I had this issue, in one of my classrooms.  The maintanence staff had to come in, and run a long snake to clean out the main drainage line.  Drained fine after that.
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    Benzine got a reaction from LeeU in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine got a reaction from terrim8 in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine got a reaction from liambesaw in Very paranoid about Silicosis   
    Speak for yourself!  I'll have you know, that I've seen every episode of House, most of them several times...
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    Benzine reacted to oldlady in Anyone know what these tiles are for?   
    maybe roof tiles for a planned dollhouse?   my imagination is working overtime here.
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    Benzine reacted to Dick White in Anyone know what these tiles are for?   
    They look like test tiles cut from extrusions. The hole allows you to hang it on a hook on a wall display.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Rae Reich in Not a full load?   
    Is the topic title also slang, for a person's state of mind?  "That guy isn't firing a full load!"...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Not a full load?   
    Is the topic title also slang, for a person's state of mind?  "That guy isn't firing a full load!"...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Not a full load?   
    Is the topic title also slang, for a person's state of mind?  "That guy isn't firing a full load!"...
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    Benzine got a reaction from JeffK in Defloculated slip   
    Jeff,
    Take that deflocculated slip, that your studio has, that part is correct.  But DO NOT add the epsom salt, which will just flocculate it, reversing what you want to do.  All that is doing, is giving the impression it is thicker.  It is still the same ratio of water to clay, which is why it will shrink a lot, as that water evaporates off.  
    Instead, just take some bone dry pieces, of whatever claybody is used to make the deflocculated slip, crush it up into a powder, and add it to that slip, until it gets to the thickness you desire.  Because you are adding more clay to the ratio, it shrinks way less, and is also less likely to crack.  This is also why potters use this as a "joining slip" for connecting pieces.  
    But once again, do not add the epsom salt!
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in Why make functional ware?   
    I have just completed a few mugs for an order, and not  a single one is like the other when you consider form, surface, handle position, and glazed effect. Each is a labor of love that requires the potter to make judgments every step of the way, each leading to a different form and a different fit to the hand, and hopefully a different owner. Love the work.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Porcelain plates breaking on glaze firing   
    Thin porcelain pieces can be ripped apart by the glaze when only one side is glazed. Are you using alumina wax on the supporting ring to keep it from sticking to the plate? If not, it could be that they're binding up and causing the cracking. 
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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in Porcelain plates breaking on glaze firing   
    If you only glaze one side, and use a tight glaze, it will pull the form in the direction of the glaze. If the same glaze also crazes, it will pull in that direction and cause cracks to migrate into the clay.  Try glazing both sides or firing one without glaze to see how it does
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    Benzine reacted to Min in Defloculated slip   
    Epsom salts work as a flocculant so what’s happening is it’s making the slip look thicker but it’s not changing the ratio of solids to water in the slip. To make a thickened slip for trailing or raised slip decoration you need a slip that is low in water content so it doesn't crack or flatten out while drying.
    Darvan is a deflocculant, as is sodium silicate (which is usually used in combination with soda ash). Adding a deflocculant will make the slip “thinner” and more watery looking so you then can add dry claybody to thicken it up. 
    Add some Darvan to the slip so you can increase the clay content in the slip without increasing the water content. You just need a tiny bit of Darvan, depending on the amount of slip you have, for a cup of slip a few drops up to 1/4 teaspoon of Darvan should be enough. Give the slip a stir after adding the Darvan and the slip will go "thin" and watery looking. Now add as much powdered dry claybody as you need to get it to the thickness you want.
    Darvan causes the clay particles to repel each other so even though you haven’t added any more water the slip will be “thinner”. With epsom salts the opposite happens, the clay particles are attracted to each other therefore the slip will thicken. You can use sodium silicate plus soda ash in place of Darvan. (same principle for using a flocculant or deflocculant in glazes)
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in Glaze over underglaze   
    Did it peel off everywhere, or just in spots?  Underglazes can be tricky to make, which is why many potters just use commercially made versions. 
    I've had a few issues with something similar, where an underglaze flakes off, in spots, after being fired, sometimes after the glaze firing, sometimes after the bisque.  In some cases it was right after the firing, in others, it was months to years later. 
    In most instances, I chalked it up to either a bad batch of that underglaze, or just applying it to a surface that had some type of contaminate that prevented it from adhering well.
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    Benzine reacted to Babs in Cracking in 20 inch greenware platters   
    Grogged clay has been associated with cracking around each little piece of grog. Grog I think can weaken the clay structure..been discussed before bur dont know the relevance here.
    Throw a platter with different clay go through same process and see!
    Slow drying shouldnt worry uf drying evenly. "Found" a platter put high and safe....and forgotten.
    Took it out let it dry off and it was ok jyst saying!
    But it was on its foot sitting on a number of slats of wood for all round circulation.
    I'd fire just one of your mended platters  as this way you can put rest in bucket if your mending didn't do the job.
    Spooze plus paper may be a good choice of mender.
    Big post on it a while back re. Moistening pot etc.
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Cracking in 20 inch greenware platters   
    When throwing plates, platters, and other wide pieces, I recommend cutting the piece loose from the bat regardless of what the bat is made from, with the exception of plaster bats. Because wide pieces have further to move as they shrink, any sticking to the bat can be an issue. 4% shrinkage of a 3 inch wide cup is barely 1/8". 4% shrinkage of an 18" wide platter is almost 3/4". On plastic bats, they often require re-cutting after a day of drying because they tend to re-adhere.
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Making orchid planters/hangers   
    Unglazed pots evaporate moisture much faster than glazed pots. So if you want to hold moisture in but have the look of an unglazed pot, just glaze the inside.
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