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About Biglou13

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  1. made glazes toaday

    1. glazenerd


      On my agenda for tomorrow. 

    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      on my agenda for every single day of the future. = )

  2. I've seen where wads are placed one day (relatively fresh) then fired the the next day and in a few cases within a few hours.. most of the wood firings had a slow ramp but great question!! Physical water starts leaving at 212F so if your being careful. Hold around there or slightly higher, chemical at 1000f ish im curious because the wadding reipies ive used are a bit loose with organic material, sawdust, rice hulls, coarse sand, and nowhere near compressed , and rarely if ever more than 3/8 inch thick ... I'm thinking the "looseness" of the wads allows water to escape in a non explosive manner. i look forward to the leaned minds comments
  3. Exhausted ... wood firing today!!

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    2. Biglou13


      not a satisfying firing.   learned much. overall poor results.


    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Those are the best firings sometimes. 

    4. Biglou13


      i agree joseph F   there were a few treats...  i post pics soon



  4. Rubber/Silicone Ribs

    i'm a wood and red i'm getting short ribs tomorrow....
  5. mixing dry clay components

    ty brian cool rig.... is it motorized or do you turn by hand? i did think of drum and roll it around in back yard.... trying to keep it simple i think ill just keep slurry/blunge in a couple of trash cans then dry and pug i like the quality of clay that way i've started reducing bentonite
  6. Red Clay

    joseph..... you should play with some lizella its practically a local clay for you !!!! a bet less iron than red art but ive got some amazing results with it
  7. mixing dry clay components

    Bryan any pics of your dry mix rig
  8. mixing dry clay components

    nerd thanks for reply... i use the largest paint stirrer from home depot/lowes attached to drill, in large garbage can/s, i'm not confident that this mixes ingredients well especially where stirrer doesn't reach. when i slurry mix my clay,( thick but pourable), i mix all ingredients in large trash can (44 gal brute) then use large paint stirrer attached to drill to mix dry ingredients minus bentonite, i now pre blunge the bentonite. then mix that into larger quantity of water the day of, then add dry ingredients to water/bentonite while mixing, then dry to pugable stage then pug. i've never pre mixed nep sy in my clay nor in my glazes either. Now i'm curious if i can get by without your advice.... and if it will improve my clay? I'm curious about your technique? what does migration of salts look like? do you have link for your paddle?
  9. after many different signatures, I've settled on scratching my initials LEC, well a simplified version. i do like your ink brush sig. started with strict straight lines, it is now evolving into looser more fluid lines, (when i remember to sign), some time i use initials as large decorative elements ala koie ryoji, customers have asked me what the grass meant on pots, turns out some one found me via web search on face book so i suppose its getting web searchable. i use a golf pencil, pen, but my favorite is a porcupine quill that i was gifted. (here is a pic of kurinuki (hollowing out) yunomi/ sake cup, self made clay, wood fired)
  10. Wood firing conversations?

    I'd love to see pictures of your noborigama! Joseph F ......I've be lurking a bit .... now trying to get back to more clay! here is a wood fire kiln question... Is it possible to have to large or too tall a chimney, making kiln / flame movement too fast or too much draft? or too large exit flue/sutema (sp)? i've only fired a few different styles of wood fire kiln, the active damper (kiln shelf) was only open from less than inch to 2 at best and was drafting fine.
  11. i've been using a walker to reclaim and make clay my preferred method is to slurry mix.... dry slurry .... pug i was thinking about using it as a mixer then pug. i was thinking about making a approx 500 pound batch. how would you blend large quantity of dry ingredients, so i could just scoop it into walker? how many pounds dry components would walker hopper hold, if making hopper sized batches of clay? what plastic bags do you use for storing?
  12. Wood firing conversations?

    I love wood fire!!!!
  13. i'm about to refire wood fired, in wood fire......
  14. image

    pictures don't show it but in some pieces there is an iridescent/metallic quality in areas, i had others use it and didn't get same effect. i pulled from kiln onto news paper, placed more newspaper, closed lid on trash/redux can...... repeat
  15. its not the vee gum only its the vee gum plus DR-10 (drag reducer 10) the helmer body has a work ability/feel to it