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About Chilly

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  • Birthday March 24

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    Langdon Hills, Essex, UK
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    Pottery, gardening, cycling, Scouting, outdoors.

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  1. And anyone on this side of the pond probably can't type .co without putting .uk on the end. Most UK businesses are .co.uk
  2. I have the box containing my dad's ashes. Soon to be joined by my mum's as she passed away last weekend. Live companions include the robins nesting under the greenhouse staging, many bees and butterflies - which, unfortunately get caught up in the spider's webs before I can set them free. Occasionally a sparrowhawk sitting in the tree outside the window.
  3. Sitting down doing nothing is risky - obesity, thrombosis, muscle fatigue, asteroids falling on the house, cars crashing through the walls. It's time the "elf'n'safey" chaps joined the real world.
  4. @scottiebieI've not been here for a few days, and it looks like no-one else has a solution for your question. I'm assuming she still hasn't formally declared her "disability", in which case, no I don't think you have to vet every CD or video you want to show. My dad hated music, couldn't stand watching TV documentaries where the music was louder than the speaking, he was always writing to the BBC complaining, but in a group situation he would either grin and bear it, wear ear-plugs or go home. But, he would never confront or be disruptive he would consider that to be rude. I'm starting to lose some hearing, and really struggle with background noise. Just make sure if you're teaching, that any music is either off or very low.
  5. I've stood them in a sink with the tap running into them. Not a jet, but gentle. Then let them dry in the sun or a breeze.
  6. There's a book, available online, called backyard kilns - https://stevemillsmudslinger.weebly.com/backyard-kiln-e-book.html the link to the pdf file is at the bottom of the page, in very pale print. It's a great book, and this is the kiln I was going to build.
  7. This link http://www.americanceramics.com/html/ceramicmolds.html takes you to a list of manufacturers/suppliers. I suggest you contact them and see if they're interested.
  8. I think @Babssums it up very nicely. I too am convinced % = energy, or the amount of time that the elements are switched on for. 500C might be the lowest setting, but those dials usually have a wide fluctuation of accuracy. With most kilns and controllers, the settings are the maximum you would want the kiln to heat at. BUT, most kilns won't be able to heat as fast as the settings would allow. So, if you set 100% for 1 hour to 1200C, your kiln would struggle to meet those demands. Try @Babssuggestion, and see how it goes.
  9. Don't forget it might look brighter if you use a clear glaze over it. Have you tested it?
  10. Sounds like a lot of money. I paid £25 for mine, it just needed a good clean, and I painted it, mainly as I didn't like the colour! I do love mine, it's easy to use, doesn't take up much floor space, and is re-cycling at it's best.
  11. Not so much what's on it, but what fell off it. Before I'd even taken a photo! It was a woven piece, made with trimmings from a mult-layer slip casting. Can't add a photo from my phone - too big, I'll add it later.
  12. I've never cast anything that thick. My head says, the thicker the cast, the thicker the mould need to be, in order to absorb even more water from the slip. But, my head also says, will the water travel through that much "drying" slip?
  13. No matter how dry you think your hands are, they contain and leave behind all sorts of things. If they were totally dry, you'd be so dehydrated.............
  14. I think most books I've read on the subject say 2 inches. Yes, as they get bigger they get heavier. Also as they get bigger, the water to plaster ratio increases, so the moulds need to be even thicker.
  15. Let me know if there's anything you don't understand. The tool is called a Lucy Tool. The fat end is good for prising moulds apart, the thin end for removing the sprue waste.
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