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  1. Interesting question @oly. I've always wondered about the shipping costs from China, HK etc. Lots of items on eBay for 99p, including shipping. If the seller pays for postage in their country, who foots the bill for the "final mile" as our Post Office call it. The cheapest stamp in the UK is 58p for an A5 letter weighing 100g or less.
  2. Five snowflakes, destined to become mobiles like this one. Broke a piece off every single one of them between workbench and kiln. Slipped and sticked. Let's see what the kiln gods can do with them.
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    From the album: All Stuff

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    Waxing and dishwashers

    Earthenware is usually un-vitrified. It will stay damp and leave a ring if you put a freshly washed and dried mug on a wooden table. That's why it is glazed all over, with just 3 pinpoints from stilts. Stoneware is not (normally) glazed on the foot and should be vitrified if fired to the correct cone. Most cheap tableware (in the UK at least) is earthenware. Back to the original question of "dishwasher-proof" - I have some earthenware mugs that go in the DW and are OK.
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    How Cold is Too Cold?

    My computered kiln controller says operating temp =0C to +40C. Storage temp = (minus)-10C to +55C.
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    Waxing and dishwashers

    Did you mean cone 6 or cone 06? Big difference.
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    Waxing and dishwashers

    @Bill Kielb, @macca did say "kiln racks", so presumably they will not result in one solid piece !!! And I agree with the absorbency test. If @Macca searches these forums, I'm sure the subject has come up before.
  8. I have bags of clay that have lived in the greenhouse for several years, so they must have frozen at some time. Haven't noticed any difference.
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    Flaking glaze

    Without using cones, you won't know if your pots have received enough time at a temperature. Think of baking a fruit cake. You don't put it into a cold oven and switch the oven off as soon as it reaches the required temperature. You keep it at the set temp for an amount of time. It's similar with pottery. Cones measure heat/work. The amount of work that the temperature has applied to the pots. Free-standing cones or cones in a pad of clay will show this. A temperature gauge is only half the solution.
  10. Well, not quite for coats, more for face cloths. Has anyone made hooks from clay? I'm about to have the bathroom re-furbished, and decided that making all the tiles was a step too far, in fact, making any tiles was out. But, I would like to make a pair of hooks to hang our face cloths from. Any tips, suggestions? I'm thinking of using porcelain, and may not even glaze them. Something like this.....
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    Flaking glaze

    +1 to Liam's comments above. How certain are you of the firing temperatures? Did you use cones? Firing temperature for Duncan Envisions is 1000 - 1020. Did you overfire it?
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    Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet plates

    If you value this piece, hand wash it carefully. It was made before dishwashers, so it's unlikely to be "dishwasher safe".
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    How it's made

    The mould came from someone who had hundreds. I only got it because it was broken.
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    How it's made

    As Rae says, it's made from plaster. How is it made? Hummmm. There are very few videos that show the whole process. Google "plaster mould making", and you will find lots on making one-piece moulds, not much on two-piece, and almost nothing on three-or-more-piece moulds. If you've not worked with multi-part moulds before, they can seem amazing. They are in many parts so you can remove the finished item, which has undercuts. If they were one piece, you would never get the finished piece out. If you are going to go down this rabbit hole, I suggest you find a mould to purchase, so you can see how it works. I find visualising how the mould should come apart the most difficult part. I own a two-piece, commercially made bonsai mould,. The top part was broken, so we stuck some plywood to it to hold it together. With this mould, like the one in the video, the top is to give a smooth finish to the rim. Like here
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    Where are you Nicky? If you fill out the profile info, and let us know what brands of commercial glaze you are buying, we might be able to give you more advice.
  16. Vlad, in the UK, 3 phase electricity is usually supplied to factories and industrial type premises. Houses only get 1 phase. So, when I bought my kiln for use at home I needed 1 phase. And the kiln at the community centre is 3 phase, as that is a commercial property. I don't think the firing will be any different.
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    How it's made

    Make your model from solid clay, don't let it dry out. Cast your plaster mould when the clay is still moist, but firm enough to take the weight of the plaster. Or you could cast a solid lump of plaster and carve that into the shape of your model, then cast your mould from that. Your model could also be carved from wood.
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    How it's made

    You can do the same with slip-cast if you make it thicker than required. I've done this and then made new moulds from the altered originals.
  19. You/they need a very thick piece of foam to upturn the busts, and get out that newspaper. They also need to make sure the clay is as even thickness as they can. The newspaper could well have stopped the clay from drying properly, and you don't want wet clay in the kiln, let alone all that smoke. I made a hollow Poppy that had newspaper inside to support the walls. It was just one crumpled sheet. Don't know what happened during firing, as it was fired in the community centre kiln, overnight when the building was unoccupied. On removing from the kiln some dust shook out of the holes. But there was no other noticeable affect.
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    Studio Photography

    Hello, and goodbye. Seems like I've had a few days away and WW3 has been and gone. To "Deleted User", sorry you didn't get the answers/responses you wanted. To all the other responders, well done guys, I applaud you for giving your own time to respond to newbies, and for also sticking to your own views and principles. You can please some of the people some of the time.
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    How it's made

    Thick slabs to start, carved away, both inside and out. Possibly clay added to round out. Similar to making a sculpture, start with a lot of clay, then remove what is in the wrong place, and add more where needed. Try to aim for an even thickness. This could be pushed out while the clay was still soft. Like others have said, these are highly likely slip-cast. I don't think it would be easy to make from slabs, but not impossible either. I have made a slba-built one similar to the first one, but slightly less curved. For a one-off, something to fill your time, they are doable. For wanting to make and sell lots, make a solid one, with the outside as you want, and then make a mould. Good luck
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    Questions regarding bisque

    Lid open or shut? If you ask 12 potters, you will get 13 different answers. Neither of the kilns I use will allow me to start firing without the lid being shut and a safety device activated. So I have to fire with the lid/door shut. Fast or slow? I use slow if ware is not ABSOLUTELY bone dry. I use fast when the ware has been sitting around in the summer for a while, and I know it is really dry. Remember that ware does not blow up because it has air bubbles, it blows up because the water heats and expands.
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    firing round ornaments

    Why are you firing to ^10? Are they for outdoor ornaments? If for indoor, ^10 seems a waste of energy and hassle.
  24. No beard here, but small face/head and spectacles. I bought this one, and really happy with it. I was lucky to find a retailer that was willing to get a small size in, and let me try it. (I think it's this one, had mine for 18 months, so model might have changed.) https://www.amazon.co.uk/3MTM-Reusable-Medium-safety-certified/dp/B005HK05L2?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_6

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