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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
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  1. joseph, if you really want to try an unusual method with a tool, try trimming the fat out of the bottom of a bowl with a large circle trimming tool BEFORE WIRING IT OFF. most fat bottoms are because the pot is made from a blob of clay that HAS A FLARE, LOOKS LIKE THE LIBERTY BELL, shape in the beginning. all that stuff has to go somewhere or it stays just above the foot and is very heavy. if you put a large circle tool, the ribbon one, not the wire kind, flat on the bat or wheelhead and slide it into the blob of clay and lift it by pivoting the tool upward, you will remove a lot of excess clay. like anything else, it takes a little practice but it is fast, efficient and satisfying. THE THINNER WALL DRIES FASTER, TOO. one of the things to remember when trimming is to let the wheel make enough revolutions to get the job done. i have seen beginners try to trim on the very first revolution before the tool has a chance to make even a slight impression on the clay.
  2. Lepidolite

    i had some a thousand years ago. will look in the small containers, i know i do not have a tub of it. too cold out there right now, tomorrow,
  3. Highwater clay users

    thank you all for your concern. my kiln is just below 300 degrees with the last batch of work for this weekend's holiday sale. should have had two firings but with my clay taking so long to be workable and then to dry, just used up all the available studio time. hoping everything will come out OK. high hopes for several of them. GREAT NEWS! everything came out of the kiln just the way i had hoped! only one piece has become a milk for the cat saucer. and on that i used too much black glaze which covered up the drawing. no cracks, no other problems. would show photos of the peaches platter and another one with the bark surround that ronsa likes but i am out of AA batteries for my camera!!! thank you jennifer at highwater, your explanation and remedy is excellent. i will hold onto the boxes i have and use them next spring when i get back to this studio. you are right, throwing was easier because the clay was so malleable but i only had 2 pieces that were thrown.
  4. NCECA

    pres, save your cutting wire money and buy a diamond something with what you save. your local walmart has fishing gear including leader wires. a pack of 6 is only a tiny amount of $. then, on to your local hardware store for a pair of key rings, the kind of split circles to slip keys onto. walmart wants 99 cents each and your local real hardware store wants 25 cents each. combine the two and you can get the correct length wire for cutting off pots, slicing off pieces from a brand new box of clay or whatever else you want. the wire is very strong and the ring goes over any handy nail. personally, i think the worst designed pottery tool is the silly long wire with wooden dowel handles. cannot get it out of the package without kinking the wire and it is ridiculously long for its intended use. leader wires come in various lengths, 9 and 12 inches are my favorites.
  5. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    what kind of roller did you finally get?
  6. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    yes, craft foam is one of my favorite things to use. it comes in different thicknesses. the stuff from dollar tree is so thin it is about like a postcard, get the stuff from michaels or somewhere like that if you have one nearby. try putting a tic-tac under a square for your slope.
  7. name this glaze?

    cone 6 electric, 112 from standard, these done by an apprentice of charles counts in the 1970s. same white matte glaze i use today.
  8. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    joseph, had a sudden inspiration! scrabble tiles! do not know the size of the cell you intend to use but if you glue scrabble tiles or some small, uniform sized wooden items to a backing, you can use that as your pattern. work out the details for your slope and done! all at once, no fiddling.
  9. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    joseph, you might be overthinking all this. theory is one thing, practical application is another. once you get your slab roller, try rolling things through with the clay. start with a thickish piece and roll it plain. then apply whatever texture you want, you do not have to spend all that money on those plastic mats that everyone else is buying, try textured fabric, small pieces of thin plywood, almost anything will work. do not lower the roller and try running the texture through on top of the clay. put a piece of fabric over the whole thing, an old pillowcase is one choice, that will give you a smoother background.
  10. ronsa, yes, the color could be bland if you just take whatever comes and save it all. i hope i use a little judgement when glazing and save those colors i know will come out somewhat useful with only a little addition of more stain or carbonates to tweak the color. most of them are pale or my usual green and cobalt. those are saved, the black and dark red brown are the final colors of the day and they are not saved.
  11. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    joseph, hope you enjoy your slab roller. if you have thought of a way to roll a slab that comes out the first time with those little pockets or whatever you call the places you put the tests, please share that. i picture something like a thickish slab with Chicklets rolled into them. gotta be a way.
  12. What are cone temperatures

    denise, thank you for the question. i had not seen the post above by Isculpt so i did not know i was, ( have been, am) considered "mean" oldlady. my education has been by experience and learning from books. i do not mean the single subject thin things that are so common today. i mean textbooks with glossaries, cone charts and other useful information. textbook seems to be a word nobody understands anymore in this world of phones glued to ears and videos of everything from how to hit a nail with a hammer to surgery. if you watch one, you are an expert. without looking at a cone chart, the reader of every word above this would not know that the cone numbers have a meaning that is not clear out of context. the numbers that begin with zero, 022, 08, 06, 04 etc, read UPWARD IN TEMPERATURE. cone 08 being cooler than cone 04. once the chart reaches zero the numbers progress in temperature from cone 1 to a cone so hot that the spacecraft tiles are about the only thing made that hot. now, someone with more knowledge will have something to criticize about this post. go ahead, that is what a discussion is. Oh, yes, there is a book proclaiming to be the "bible" which has a cone chart that is mis-labeled.
  13. best tools for single firing are a stack of towels. good old terrycloth cotton from the dollar store or thrift shops. your hands will go from wet to dry a billion times on glaze day. dry is important. john, i never thought it took more glaze to spray single fire, i save the overspray and use it as a glaze when i have accumulated enough quantity, usually a 2 gallon bucket a year.
  14. that is a sign that you really are normal. most people make hummingbird nests inside bowling balls with flat bottoms for a very long time. if it would not break your bank, you might want to look for an old book by charles counts. he wrote Pottery Workshop in the 1970s and it takes a person from total novice to pretty good thrower in very simple, logical steps. you might adapt the size of the clay ball you start with to fit your own hand if you find it too small. do not skip a step, work from the front to the back and do not look ahead. remember, you are not making a product, you are learning a skill. do not expect perfection. and, get that excess clay out before you raise a wall, then you can lift instead of smooshing, counts shows you how. oh yes, do not even read the glaze recipes. some people say the errors were deliberate to keep the recipe private.
  15. Bailey Electric Slab Roller

    question, clara, is the drive board you have in good shape? if you silicone the bottom of it you might find it works fine. it looks like you have the long folded canvas so you might want to use that. i prefer my printers blankets because of the very fine texture that wipes away with a metal wallpaper smoother. when using this roller, i would prefer it going the other way but, maybe you are left-handed and want to piece to come out on the right of the roller. the two metal stretchers down on the legs will make a great support for heavy shelves. you will be amazed at how much stuff accumulates near a slab roller. handy place for forms, foam rubber, etc.
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