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    WillowTreePottery got a reaction from jacqui sos in Porcelain and Ceramic Jewelry   
    I have made one or two bangles from clay but I found them quite unsatisfactory for wear and selling them was almost impossible. I have combined metalmsithed bangles and clay and epoxy for a more durable type of outcome.
     
    I use heavy kanthol wire to suspend heavier porcelain jewelry from the bead rods if i want to glaze and entire piece You will need to use two rods to suspend a bangle and then grind down the resultant small marks the wire leaves on the underside of the piece with a dremel or Foredom.
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    WillowTreePottery reacted to clay lover in How Much Difference Does A De-Airing Pug Mill Make?   
    Agree with Kathy 100%.  Like having a studio helper with out attitude or opinions!  Don't know about non de airing myself, but students at a near by school use a non DA and hate the whole process.    The only thing the PP does not do really well is a combined wet -bone dry in chunks mix.  That I set up, add water to and mix a bit, leave over night, mix a bit, leave till after lunch, mix a bit, then pug.  On rare ocations, I need to run the pugs back through again, easy and quick.  Even at that, major hand saver.
    No mater what the cost, it's cheaper that surgery or stopping throwing at this point.
    I think people that don't have one, don't realize all the ways it can change your studio processes for the better.
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    WillowTreePottery reacted to Benzine in How Much Difference Does A De-Airing Pug Mill Make?   
    If you were closer, I'd offer your money back on your current mill.  Every time my students have to take time out of the project schedule to reclaim clay by hand/ forearm/ elbow, it pushes me one step closer, to buying a pug mill.
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    WillowTreePottery reacted to neilestrick in How Much Difference Does A De-Airing Pug Mill Make?   
    I often hear people talk about the spiral of the pugger, and have never found it to be an issue. By the time you cut up your clay and make it into balls, you're not dealing with a total spiral, but a small section of one. And if you wedge, you're creating a new spiral. And if you cone the clay during the centering process, any spiral that existed is gone, and replaced by a new spiral from the wheel.
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    WillowTreePottery got a reaction from amymarrin in Porcelain and Ceramic Jewelry   
    I have made one or two bangles from clay but I found them quite unsatisfactory for wear and selling them was almost impossible. I have combined metalmsithed bangles and clay and epoxy for a more durable type of outcome.
     
    I use heavy kanthol wire to suspend heavier porcelain jewelry from the bead rods if i want to glaze and entire piece You will need to use two rods to suspend a bangle and then grind down the resultant small marks the wire leaves on the underside of the piece with a dremel or Foredom.
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