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  1. S. Dean

    What kind of mask do you wear?

    I use the 7500 mask too. I purchased mine from Envirosafety with p100 filters. This mask is available in small, medium and large so you can get the right fit. You can buy it with the filters (sold as a set for asbestos abatement) https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/3m-7500-series-half-facepiece-asbestos-abatement-respirator-assembly.html . Optionally, you can buy the mask and specific filters individually. There are a few different styles of p100 filters available. I've always bought the version that comes with this asbestos set because they offer lower breathing resistance than other styles. There have been many posts on here about respirators, so search those too before making a decision.
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    Glazing a mortar and pestle

    I'd leave the grinding areas of both the mortar and pestle unglazed. If you want to glaze part of the pestle, you might be able to use wadding on the unglazed areas since you can't use stilts. Just make sure the wadding isn't touching any glaze.
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    slightly wobbly wheel head

    A few troubleshooting questions: 1. Has the wheel head always been off center or is this something that developed? 2. Is the wheel sitting level? Check front-back, side-side on both wheel head and on the table top (they should be the same). If not, level the wheel, 3. When you take the wheel head off (all TS/Skutt wheel heads are removable), when you engage the foot pedal does the shaft have any wobble or does it spin true? 4. Is there anything where the shaft and wheel head connect that is keeping the wheel head from seating correctly? Good opportunity to clean and apply anti-seize. Reinstall and reconfirm that the wheel head is level. 5. Does it make a difference if you remove the wheel head, rotate it 180 degrees and reinstall it? 6. Any unusual noises when you are centering? I'd also give Skutt (they purchased TS wheels) a call - live bodies answer the phone and they have reputation for good customer service. Let us know what you find out. -SD
  4. Q: How do you make a small fortune in clay? A: Start with large one
  5. S. Dean

    Is this old kiln worth restoring?

    In true Timex style, how about "Takes a beating and keeps on heating"
  6. I want to receive pots as gifts ........ just not most of the ones that people buy for me -SD
  7. S. Dean

    Troubleshooting Paragon Kiln

    From the Paragon Sentry 2.0 Controller Manual https://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM218_Sentry_RampHold_Manual_Mar2010.pdf FTH / Failed to Heat ■ During a heating-up ramp, the programmed rate is faster than the kiln can heat. The temperature is below the set point temperature by more than the deviation setting. (See Temperature Deviation, page 17.) Program a slower rate. Or check for worn or burned out elements, defective relays, low voltage and defective thermocouples As a starting point, I second Dick's advice to check the sufficiency of the wiring over length of run. BTW, the Sentry 2.0 is the type of controller, not the kiln model.
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    Paragon DTC 100C bought used. Easy way to test?

    Paragon's website has a Support Section with instruction manuals and other topics. Found these operating instructions for the DTC100 controller http://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/DTC100.pdf and a trouble shooting guide http://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM195.pdf there. -SD
  9. S. Dean

    OK for kiln to get wet?

    Shawnhar - For your first firing, you might want to run a slow firing to gently drive off any accumulated moisture, much like you would do upon receipt of a brand new kiln. Here's a link to the L and L Jupiter Kiln manual which has information on firing up a kiln for the first time . About 15 pages into the document you'll find the manual firing instructions for that first fire. Instructions using an automated controller (Dynatrol) are another 12 or so pages below that.). https://hotkilns.com/sites/default/files/pdf/BookJupiterManual 9-26-11.pdf -S. Dean
  10. Another Tara Wilson video courtesy of Ceramic Arts Dailey/Ceramic Arts Network here:
  11. Preeta - Thanks for posting this. The finishing of a pot with 4 feet is definitely in Part 2:
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    Logo mugs: how to glaze?

    Since speckled brownstone is a Highwater clay, it looks like you might be getting supplies from them. They currently sell Forbes wax (milky-white color and water based) and Amaco (green). Forbes is a great wax for applying directly to clay. However, it can lift around the edges when applied over some glazes. Highwater states that Amaco's wax is the same product as Mobil wax (aka Mobilcer), a product they used to sell. My experience with Mobil wax was that it would not peel or lift when applied over glazes, so the Amaco wax might be an option for you. -SD
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    Lightweight Shelves

    LeeU, There are no real differences between Thermal Lites and Advancers. Both are made using the same process so weight, thickness, performance and cautions about moisture are the same . Advancers are made by Saint-Gobain (French) and Thermal Lites in Germany by I believe a company named Schmid (sp?). in the US, Smith-Sharpe (kilnshelf.com) sells Advancers and Bailey sells Thermal-Lites. Bailey had been selling Thermal Lites for a little less than the Advancers, but it looks like Smith-Sharpe is currently matching that pricing. -SD
  14. My experience is that 266 bloats at Cone 6 . I have significantly less problem at Cone 5.5 but even then it can have intermittent issues. And ....don't even think about re-firing it as it will almost certainly bloat in a second glaze fire. I bisque to Cone 05 and would be interested in knowing if folks get a better result at Cone 6 if they bisque to Cone 04. It is a beautiful clay. -SD
  15. Nancy, Here's a video of Kyle Carpenter, a potter from Asheville, NC, cutting 4 feet into the foot ring of a wheel thrown bowl that's been altered into an oval shape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtAOYrPmvd4 -SD

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