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  1. Chilly

    No Swiping

    I helped out on the ticket line today, at a country show. I was amazed how many people used "contactless" and didn't even look at the screen to see how much I'd entered. In the UK there is a £30 per transaction limit on contactless, but even so...... Not sure how many paid by cash, there were separate lines. Last time I was on that gate was about 10 years ago and we only took cash. Then we had to check for forged notes, now I've no idea how they deal with rogues.
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    I'd be honest with the students, and ask them if they want to wash the white glaze off completely, or perhaps just some of it, or just fire it anyway, Depending on how opaque the glaze is it might, or might not, cover the underglazing. Some pots may be improved, some may not, but I'd let them choose the next step.
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    Rusty Kiln lid

    I used Kurust, but the rust on my kiln lid and sides was "non-existent" compared to your kiln.
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    Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

    It died a quiet, natural death.
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    reconstituting old casting slip

    Probably Possibly Don't know. Possibly. Only way you will know for certain is to test it. BUT Is the cost of your time to do so less than the cost of a new bucketful? Probably not. If you're time rich-cash poor, go for it, otherwise, dispose and start again.
  6. +1 to all above, find one that fits you and your specs. I have a small face/head, and wear specs. Finally found one that fits and doesn't fog me up. Other brands and suppliers are available, but I like this one: https://www.arco.co.uk/products/111500?s=1.
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    Underglaze versus glaze?

    What @Benzine said
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    The Menagerie

    Lovely. They remind me of the Egyptian "............" headed gods.
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    In the UK, clay fired to 1050c is known as earthenware. 99% of the mugs, plates etc sold in pound shops will be earthenware. So the answer is yes, but they will need to be glazed.
  10. Cones without the spyhole will still tell you if the kiln overfired.
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    Glazing question

    Try a small item first as a test. You could also try a slip-trailer or bottle with a small tip to add the highlights. If using a brush, try a fluffy brush that holds a lot, but doesn't drag on the surface.
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    New to me New Model A Brent wheel

    Road bikes, Mountain bikes, sewing machines, lathes ..........TOYS
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    a quick question about Fire

    I fire mine overnight, taking advantage of cheap rate electricity. My kiln is in a greenhouse, down the garden, and I now have a digital controller, but when I first had it, I used to set the alarm and get up every couple of hours to check/turn up.
  14. Have you been to look at the Turning Earth Studios, just south of you? http://e2.turningearth.uk/
  15. A cookie is a piece of clay that protects the shelf from glaze runs.
  16. Don't glaze the bottoms, fire them flat on the shelf or on a cookie.
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    Making underglazes from powders

    Perhaps the reason ready made stuff is expensive is due to the testing over many years, and the experience of those who make it. You will end up spending more money in terms of time and waste, than biting the bullet and paying for the commercial stuff. Harsh, but true. Unless you're in this for the long, (very long) haul and willing to spend the time and money to test, test, tes.
  18. +1 to everything already said, but .... I too was told I shouldn't glaze the bottom, and therefore wouldn't need stilts, but sometimes the only way we learn is to do it ourselves and see what happens. If you do stilt when firing at cone 6 and hotter, the clay could collapse around the stilts, then you can't remove them. Guess how I know? If you don't want to have a "drip-catcher" or incised line around the bottom of a pot, and want the glaze to appear as if it goes all the way around and under the pot, you can make a cookie to sit the pot on. The cookie needs to be smaller by about 5mm all round, and then you can glaze under the pot for 2-3mm if you know your glaze doesn't run. With runny glazes, if I really want the bottoms to look glazed, I make double cookies, the top one smaller than the pot, the bottom one much larger, so if the glaze does run, it doesn't ruin the shelf.
  19. Do they have to be part of a collection? If yes, maybe: Small items, Medium items, Large items, or Pots less than 5 or 10 or whatever, pots between 20 and 50, pots more than 50. I quite often find categories or collections don't show what I want, and am happy to just be able to sort into price order and scroll through hundreds. What I really hate about online shopping is having to click "next" after just a few items. I always want the option to "show all".
  20. I can't access your FB :-(
  21. What's on my workbench? Clutter. It's far too cold and damp to be out there this time of year. My shelf at the centre, however, has rolled clay waiting to be turned into Herb Labels, there is an Owl drop mould sitting upside down, waiting to be fettled and put into the kiln, and there are mugs and spatula rests waiting for a ^6 firing.
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    Don't forget the pyrometer is measuring air temperature. The pots and shelves could be hotter.
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    Crispy Cone

    If they were fired too high, the only problem might be getting the glaze to stick. Or , other problems may show up later.

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