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  1. Wiggle Wire

    I will now be looking at all springs in a different light. Thanks for the suggestion and responding. You can also make them by wrapping music wire (like an old guitar string) around a dowel (which doesn't have to be round) and then pulling the ends like the spring. If you unwind a couple of turns a little before pulling, you'll get non-uniform wiggles (that works for springs too).
  2. Help Needed

    Looking at the photo, it appears that the bottom is much thinner than the sides. I think Marcia's suggestions (uniform thickness and less throwing water standing in the bottom while you throw) will solve it for you.
  3. Help Needed

    After I trim the foot, I let the bowl dry upside down to slow down the drying on the rim. Some folks cover just the lip of the bowl with plastic to do the same thing.
  4. Logical and practical. Lots of raku kilns have been made using steel 55 gal drums lined like you suggest. If you keep the weather off them, they last quite awhile. Make sure that the ceramic fiber is rated for the max temperature you want to fire to. Three or four inches of insulation would be good, but you start really cutting into the volume. Another route would be patching up the soft bricks in an old (cheap) electric kiln and cutting burner ports and a flue hole and using the propane to fire it.
  5. Which Wheel To Buy?

    I have an electric kick Lockerbie and a Bailey ST-50. The Lockerbie isn't pleasant to move (especially on stairs), but it's bulletproof and it's quiet, especially with the motor off. The Bailey is a good lighter-weight wheel that I haven't had a bit of trouble with. What kind of pots (size and number) do you make - now and five or ten years from now?