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  1. clay lover

    wheel movement

    I decided not to get the SSX and I love my responsive foot pedal, motor. I have the 1/2 hp, it's about 6 yrs old., got it new.
  2. A friend of a friend gave 2 of my newbie pottery friends some" powder she mixed up" that they formed into cones , bisqued and then use for supports under glazed pieces during firing. The baskets they showed me were glazed underneath everywhere except for 4 small bare circles, where the little cone shaped posts were put, stuck there with wax, according to my newbie friends. My friends are so new to pottery, they can barely describe what they have and what they did. Any idea what the 'powdered mix' is, Any idea how I would make wadding for ^6? I've never paid any attention to it because I don't do wood or gas. I DID look up 'wadding' in my Hamer and Hamer and other places, but didn't learn anything useful to me. I would love to be able to glaze my baskets all over. They are a bugger to wax, wet or hot, without getting wax showng through to the inside surface.
  3. I am so glad to hear that someone else despises those tiny nozzled squeeze bottles. I simply can not get them to work for anything. going looking for a ruling pen. I love how reading through various questions on this forum sets me off on the next journey!
  4. clay lover

    Are these ^6 wadding?

    Thanks so much! I have onlt seen the larger triangular ones or the bars. These are exactly what I need, so I will shop until I find them.
  5. clay lover

    Are these ^6 wadding?

    It would be for baskets and for jewelry, pendants, earrings, etc. I have looked at the wire thingies, wondered what shape to buy. I'm always looking at something new.
  6. clay lover

    Are these ^6 wadding?

    It's not mine to use, the 2 friends don't have a clue what the dry mix is, they were given it by a woman who ran a workshop they attended a year ago in Vt. Thry are in FL and I visited them there and saw the results and want to know how to get the same glazed all over bottom . Guess I'm asking how to make some ^6 wadding stilts?
  7. I am a tool Ho, I want every tool made, I love my tools . I will change tools while working just to get to use another one. Now you all know my dirty secrete. ( will me getting a Do All ASAP.
  8. clay lover

    Bottom Depth Tool

    interesting. why not push the outside stick in the 2nd picture, until it touches the wheel head. The difference would tell you exactly how thick the untrimmed base of the pot is and what you have to work with, take out all but 1/4 " of the difference.
  9. clay lover

    Glaze Question - Strontium Crystal Magic

    wow. good info, thanks.
  10. I do this often and don't have that problem, I bisque to 04. also might try diluting the oxide a bit. I use underglaze for this technique
  11. I sign every piece with my first initial, last name. I agree that the average buyer has so little understanding of hand made that unless it is signed, they thing you bought it and are doing resale. I get asked constantly in my show booth, "Where do you buy this stuff" Oh, Lord. I made a signature stamp by signing a plaster slab, then carving out the lines with a v shaped metal tool,, pressing a chunk of porcelain into it and bisque firing the reverse. had to make a few before I got it just right, but it works very well. Things that can't be stamped, I use a dull pencil and clean up when readying for bisque.
  12. clay lover

    Tools for throwing dry

    Doc, I NEED to see a picture of what you are describing. I love gizmoes.
  13. clay lover

    Recommended electric potter's wheel

    whoa, I NEED to see this. Sort of like the Strong arm tool but with a roller, how clever.
  14. I always thought centering distributed the clay evenly so that when the walls were raised, they were even in height, but this Morning I watched a video of Ben Owens beating a BIG lumpy ball of clay into an even shape and then pounding his fist into it with the wheel turning slowly to open it . So, was that clay centered? Or is he strong enough with large enough hands that he centered the pounded open ring and went from there?
  15. clay lover

    Recommended electric potter's wheel

    Doc, you have a WHAT? roller based centering tool ? These sore hands are curious.
  16. After quite a few years of this clay addiction, my fingers are giving me trouble. Seems to be centered around gripping tools. Do any of you have good ideas for trimming tools that are more user friendly? I am thinking about whether wrapping the handles to make them larger in diameter, thus having to close my fingers less to grip them, might help.
  17. clay lover

    Extruder recommendations

    I bought the big square Scott Creek, I preferred their way of making hollow extrusions, and am glad I did. I figured I could make smaller pieces from a large box easier than I could make larger pieces from a smaller box.
  18. clay lover

    what is your favorite wax resist?

    Can Mobil wax be thinned? Mine seems to be a lot thicker than when I open the new bottle only a month or so ago. It hasn't dried well either. ???
  19. I thought it interesting that no waxing over the black inlay was done, just glaze dipped over and then ...sanded?.. off. It would be difficult for me to sand, or remove the overglaze, that perfectly.
  20. clay lover

    Speckled Clay Body

    why not just buy speckled clay? H ighwater does speckled brownstone and a darker, Red Rock, and Tucker makes a white and a red speckled.l
  21. I am also emboldened to start pouring me some plaster! Do any of you have suggestions for how to make an empty space in the center of big hump molds? If I oil the outside of a smaller bowl, can I sink it up to it's rim in the still fluid plaster filling the larger bowl, there by having a lighter mold of the larger bowl? And using less plaster.
  22. I'm having trouble getting anywhere with this search. Not so very long ago there was a thread on making hump moulds from bisque slabs instead of plaster, with suggestions of how thick , etc. Do any of you remember who started it, or how to find it? Search mode just sent me in circles. TIA
  23. clay lover

    Glazing Large Platter On Tilted Shelf

    I also use the cardboard slab the size of the kiln minus 2" as a fail safe when making large pieces. But...as to the firing on a slant, doesn't it come really close, or even touch, the elements? how can that survive the uneven heating?
  24. I attended a tech school clay program for 2 years and there was a required class, History of Pottery. When I wandered into Otto's hometown , 6 months into my clay experience,I knew what an opportunity I had stumbled into. I was fortunate enough to spend a day with Otto. I have zero art education from college, and I just seemed strange to me that someone who had specialized in ceramics in college didn't have knowledge of this.

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