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About oldlady

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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
  • Birthday 08/30/1940

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    harpers ferry west va and pinellas park fl
  • Interests
    architecture, old Sears mail order houses, cocker spaniels, name a subject, I will love it

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  1. signed up for two classes from Score. etsy and instagram whatever they are. success will be staying for the whole class and understanding parts of it. preston, old is asking for a pint of cole slaw at the deli and being told the server did not know how much that was, what size container did i want.
  2. i gladly answer to the term "elderly", especially when it gets me a discount!
  3. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    WOW! your community has the right idea!
  4. Carving into clay

    preeta, the REAL ball stylus design comes in many sizes. i use them all, the smallest for signing my work and the largest to make my dragonfly body. they are really inexpensive and last almost forever. if you put different colors on the wood handles, you can spot the one you want quickly. gabby, sorry, i am used to talking about "carving" when i am actually referring to your idea of a line drawing, not an actual layered removal of clay. knowing you do not want to add clay makes me unsure of your basic idea. somewhere in my gallery is a photo of a bowl with roses on it, they were added to the surface and then carved.
  5. Shipping season really?

    if there is a pet store near you, check out the styrofoam boxes that the tropical fish come in. they are free and if the store is a popular one, they get several a week. very strong and the fish come inside a plastic bag so there is no fishy smell in the styrofoam. you are saving the store money when you ask for and take their otherwise expensive trash. and do not forget the auto body shops and their sheet foam. and the bakeries with their icing buckets for glaze. they are usually grateful and will hold things for you to pick up if it is only a day or so. keep those contacts happy and you will never spend money on packing materials again.
  6. dick is right, i was taught at a workshop to run a fingernail under the edge of the clay on a glass mold to release the edge and allow shrinkage. the glass mold had WD-40 brushed all over it to prevent clay from sticking. do not use WD-40 with plaster but do release the edges. at some point you can slide the clay all over the mold and remove it once the edges stiffen enough to lift without tearing. flip the whole thing over onto a clean bat if you can handle the weight. (people wonder why i have 7 totally bitten fingernails and 3 longish ones.)
  7. Carving into clay

    preeta, if you use a ball stylus to draw with you will not get burrs. no need for plastic wrap at all.
  8. Carving into clay

    look for a 1970's book by charles counts titled pottery workshop. it shows what you want to know in simple steps. your local library can probably get a copy for you if you ask.
  9. Kick wheel of unknown origin

    just a question, why do you want to remove the head that is there? your original post does not suggest that it has a problem of wobbling or anything else so why fix what aint't broke? if you just want a flat metal head why not buy one, have a machine shop set it in place, center and attach it right on top of the one that is there? it sounds like trying to remove the one you have will cause much more trouble than it would be worth.
  10. Old Kiln/New Potter

    maybe stupid but here goes. i had a friend who had a kiln like this one, maybe not down to the exact model. she had a metal roof installed just above it about 8 feet high with a slight angle upward away from the house to direct heat away from the brick wall of her house. when she broke her arm, i loaded it for her. never had done anything with gas before but i knew the flame needed a path so i staggered the half shelves and sort of spiraled them as i stacked the pots. she said it was the best firing ever. just beginner's luck. she fired that kiln for her entire long career, her only worry that bugs could get in and make those clay nests that would block the gas lines. do not know how she prevented that from happening but she had a cover of some kind over the burners. genboomxer, do you live where those wasps make mud nests?
  11. Chicken Scratch

    gallery photos were unlimited, it was the ones included in a post that had a limit. do not know ANYTHING about this new stuff!
  12. Chicken Scratch

    joel, the website has a limit on the number of something or others that pictures eat up. that is why marcia selsor uses tiny pictures, usually smaller than a thumbnail. at some point the website will refuse to allow another picture. i found this out last year and discovered that the limit is for a calendar year. so, if you reach that limit and wait a few days, you can post another one. OR, just become a new member with the same name and the number 2. that way you get a whole new clean slate.
  13. Audrey porcelain

    nicky, i think the teacher was trying to explain more than you were ready for. if you can contact that teacher and ask if you got it wrong, perhaps you will find out more. do not stop asking questions until you are sure you understand the process and the reason. if it doesn't sound logical keep asking "why?".
  14. roberta, that is where i got mine. there are 5 shown in the ad but you only get the one size, 00. the auto parts store is a dollar less and they have a choice of sizes. edit.. i took back the small one i bought at the parts store and ordered the biggest one they have, about 3/4 inch wide. it was $2 more and well worth it.
  15. ron, well, my package arrived and you are right, i got one tiny 00 brush, the exact kind i got at the local retail auto parts store. so, i will return the unused one to the auto parts store and ask for a larger one so i have 2 sizes. bad ad for the online brush. BTW it took all day for me to find this post. HATE this people directed website. had to find it by going to joseph f and searching his entries back to this topic. searching "fine line" did not work and i could not remember who else had a comment.

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