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  1. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    I just finished my first round of tests on NZ6 and Frost and I have to agree that NZ is by far more translucent, easier to throw and easier to trim. Most of my glazes fit fine except of course for the most used one, clear so I'm trying a low expansion made with 3249. It seems fine but I want to do some further testing with stains added. I will use up my remaining couple of boxes of frost but after that I'm on to NZ I did notice that frost is still a little whiter but it cracks a lot so I was losing a fair bit of work.
  2. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    When I was in Tacoma they were out of the NZ6 so I have had to order it from my local supplier at almost double the price, it came in last week so I can't wait to try it as I have another trip planed to go down south in August. If it works as well for me as it did for Heidi I will coming back with a car full!
  3. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    Just back from Seattle and Clay Art in Tacoma. You can get Frost at Clay Art but I was disappointed that I couldn't get NZ6 as they were out of one of the ingredients and couldn't make it . It was one of the reasons I went there,... sigh I will now have to order it at a higher price from my local supplier. Will do a shrinkage test for both Frost and the Grolleg next week and then start testing glazes. I so wish I could test NZ6 at the same time, I know I'm officially whining now.
  4. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    OK so I'm off to Clayart in Tacoma and Seattle Pottery Supply on Wed to buy porcelain and other bits and bobs. Going to get 3 different kinds,ENGLISH GROLLEG 6, NZ6,and Frost. The grolleg will be my main purchase,500lbs but I will give frost one more try and I'll try NZ6 for the first time. I have decided to give the Cool ice a pass, at $68 for 44lbs. It's a little rich for my blood. Thanks for all of the info and comments, I will post after I try them all. Then the glaze testing will begin.............. sigh
  5. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    Hi Heidi I was very excited by the photos and interested to hear about the shrinkage and cracking and of course the translucency. Frost has a high shrinkage as well, cracking is also an issue but I noticed that NZ6 is a better price and looks to be as translucent. How do you find it for trimming, I know with frost I had to sharpen my tools before each trimming. Thanks for the info Hi mudma (and everyone else), I'm new too. I've never used Frost, though reading posts in here I've been intrigued by it, and plan on trying it soon. (Also, it's good to read the reviews from Jim on Cool Ice and Frost.) You may be interested in another porcelain I just started using recently from Tacoma Clay Art, NZ6. While I'm getting more cracking than I'm used to and it shrinks a whopping 16%, it throws like a dream and is deliciously translucent. Here's a tumbler I made with it a few months ago. Hi mudma (and everyone else), I'm new too. I've never used Frost, though reading posts in here I've been intrigued by it, and plan on trying it soon. (Also, it's good to read the reviews from Jim on Cool Ice and Frost.) You may be interested in another porcelain I just started using recently from Tacoma Clay Art, NZ6. While I'm getting more cracking than I'm used to and it shrinks a whopping 16%, it throws like a dream and is deliciously translucent. Here's a tumbler I made with it a few months ago.
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  7. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    Hi Min Where do you live in Canada? I'm just outside Vancouver. I was wondering if anyone has tried CL129 ENGLISH GROLLEG, I was very happy with it throwing wise and although not as translucent as Frost it is still translucent when thrown thinly. I have to say it is easier to trim and no cracking. I'm just wondering how it compares to the NZ6. I just want the clay genie to drop down and tell which clay to buy. I'm so tired of bulk buying clay only to fall out of love with it half way though the lot. You have my sympathies Min I'v been there except I didn't pay shipping just gas and a hotel room to go down and pick it up.
  8. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    Great tumblers! Hi mudma (and everyone else), I'm new too. I've never used Frost, though reading posts in here I've been intrigued by it, and plan on trying it soon. (Also, it's good to read the reviews from Jim on Cool Ice and Frost.) You may be interested in another porcelain I just started using recently from Tacoma Clay Art, NZ6. While I'm getting more cracking than I'm used to and it shrinks a whopping 16%, it throws like a dream and is deliciously translucent. Here's a tumbler I made with it a few months ago. Hi Heidi, your tumbler looks great! Have you tried Tacoma's ^6 English Grolleg Porcelain? Just wondering how the NZ6 throws compared to that if you have tried it? Min
  9. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    Hey Heidi I love the tumblers, have you tried other porcelains? Hi mudma (and everyone else), I'm new too. I've never used Frost, though reading posts in here I've been intrigued by it, and plan on trying it soon. (Also, it's good to read the reviews from Jim on Cool Ice and Frost.) You may be interested in another porcelain I just started using recently from Tacoma Clay Art, NZ6. While I'm getting more cracking than I'm used to and it shrinks a whopping 16%, it throws like a dream and is deliciously translucent. Here's a tumbler I made with it a few months ago. Hi Heidi, your tumbler looks great! Have you tried Tacoma's ^6 English Grolleg Porcelain? Just wondering how the NZ6 throws compared to that if you have tried it? Min
  10. COOL ICE - CONE 6 - PORCELAIN CLAY

    Thanks for all of the feed back, I may have to stop off at Seattle Pottery and get a few boxes of Cool ice to try. The Big reason I stopped using frost wasn't so much the cracking, which I found was mostly due to the varying thickness between walls and base, it was the poor quality control, I was finding rocks and hard bits through out the clay so I started looking for an alternative.
  11. Hi Everyone I'm new and was just wondering if anyone had tried Cool Ice cone 6 porcelain. I am on my way to Clay art In Tacoma to pick up CL129 ENGLISH GROLLEG. I like this clay but find that it is not as white as frost. I have heard that Southern Ice (cone 10 ) is very nice and was wondering if the Cool ice was the same. Any info would be appreciated
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