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Viking Potter

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  1. Reconstituting Bone Dry Clay

    Yep, been there done that. Powdered about 20 LBS this way, ton of work, for the same results everyone else gets by letting it soak. Also wore out the bit. Hammer is good. Drill is bad.
  2. What Should I Sit My Kiln On?

    As long as it works, There are tons of ways to make sure heat does not transfer, Dead air space is one, etc
  3. What Should I Sit My Kiln On?

    You are trying to protect the floor from two different heat sources. First is the heat transfered directly to the floor via the metal legs of the stand. You need to put something under those legs that will keep heat from passing through, but still be strong and stable enough to hold your kiln. I would think the fire bricks would be sufficient for that purpose. You also have to protect against radiant heat that is comming from the kiln in every direction. That heat will warm the entire area around the kiln and the closer things are the hotter they will get. So underneath the kiln you need some sort of material that will keep the area under the kiln from recieving radiant heat and also makes sure that the material does not pass on to the floor the radiant heat that it absorbs from the kiln. appropriate insulation may be enough to accomplish this purpose.
  4. I am building a second wheel and have reached that part of the plan where I need to decide the size and shape of the table or work area under the wheel head. I see some video where there is very little if anything under the wheel head, as well as video where there seems to be almost a 50 gallon barrel underneath. If you were to create a wheel from scratch, what would you like and what would you avoid.
  5. Glazing Flutes

    Do you know how much weight nickel cad wire can hold? The wire would need to hold the flutes vertically or the flutes would bend. The idea has potential. Jed P.S. I will accept suggestions from anyone who has an idea... I don't know the specs on the wire, but presumably thicker wire is available. As for bending, if the flutes are already bisque, not sure how they would bend, but the force/weight would be very similar if not identical to standing them on thier end on a peg etc. My idea would be to run some sort of support across the top of the kiln and suspend the flutes vertically as you say. By hanging them from several cross wires and at different levels you might be able to very efficiently fill the kiln.
  6. Glazing Flutes

    At the risk of enraging someone by offering an idea that I have not personally tried, could you suspend the flutes in the kiln by appropriate wires? We bake ceramic coating and other industrial coating on auto and machine parts this way. The temp in the kiln is higher, but using appropriate material, it looks like you could put the wire down the middle where the glaze will not touch.
  7. What To Make?

    Many years ago I helped with the circus when it came to town. Amoung the more noteable jobs was hauling the elephant waste to a dump site out of town. That is the first thing that still comes to mind whenever someone makes reference to a crapton of stuff.
  8. What To Make?

    I have reached that point in my process that things are starting to turn out the way I intended. I hope to start giving some of my projects away and suddenly realize I have no idea what people would prefer to recieve. For example, I am thinking no one would really care about my bottles but me cause the fun is in making them. Likewise, my mugs and cups. I get great joy in having them turn out like I envisioned, but not sure anyone would really want to drink out of them. So, what do folks seem to want? I am hoping to fill some X-mas presents with my summer efforts.
  9. I have the same issue and I solved it by getting...... a rain barrel. Sam's Club has them locally. They are 60 gallons, have a garden hose faucet on the bottom and fill at the top. I have mine sitting on a cabinet and I fill it various ways including melt water from buckets of snow that I collect and filter. As for a pump, there are lots of pumps that hook up to garden hoses that you can get in either 12 volt or 115 volt and you can pump water into your rain barrel or out, or both. I am thinking of building a recirculating water system that would run from 2 or three plastic barrels and utilize a solid trap under a sink.
  10. I just posted pictures of my AMACO with the treadmill motor added in my post about the old Wheel being made new again. I think this is the way to go because you don't have to re-engineer a whole bunch of stuff. Truthfully, I think you could almost hook the motor directly to the head and have a working wheel as far as torque goes. Not sure the motor would live with all the down force associated with centering etc. I have been playing with this for about a week now and I am thrilled so far. http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/5849-old-potters-wheel-is-new-again/
  11. Old Potters Wheel Is New Again.

    If this works, here are pictures of the wheel and the motor mounted. I am using a piece of plastic tube as a coupler hoping that if something bad happens it will slip before someone gets an arm torn off.
  12. Making A Rolling Pin

    Haven't tried it, but if you needed one you could make a mold of an existing pin and then cast a ceramic one. You would want it to be fairly thick for obvious reasons, and there could be safety issues because if it does break it would likely be sharp as heck.
  13. From a different perspective, depending on your need to keep the attachment invisible or not, You could use expanding polyurethane foam spray to fill a cavity that is fairly large. You would have to somehow position the head and the pipe in relation to each other and then spray the foam in so that it can expand and set up without movement. This may not acutally glue the pieces together, but that foam is sticky as heck, and once curred it would form fit around all of the pipes etc. for additional "grippage", screws or bolts could be added to the pipe to give more area for the foam to stick to and from around. One down side would be that the foam would ooze any and everywhere that it can, and once it is on, it is damn near impossible to get off again. Also, the foam does not weather all that well if exposed to direct sun. It will turn color, but if sealed or painted it will last a long long time.
  14. As a newbie I didn't know the first thing about equipment so when a friend gave me an old Model 402 Amaco potters wheel that had been converted to motor drive, I didn't know that it was considered to be a relic. It has been cut down so you can sit at the wheel and an angle drive was added so the motor is horizontal. initially it had a single speed AC motor hooked up and that spun the head clockwise at a pretty quick pace. Not knowing any better, I started making stuff but admitt that it got to be a challange cause wide thin things tended to spin out of shape very easily. And right now $400 is just not in the budget for a decent wheel. On the internet there are tons of examples of building your own wheel. I am handy enough, but I didn't need a home built wheel, I need the one I have to work better. I will add that I am very content with the wheel's heavy frame, metal splash/drip tray and general layout. The solution was to use part of the "build your own" formula and fit a variable speed 1.5 hp electric motor to my old wheel. I already had the dead treadmill, I just needed the electronics from E-bay. $50 and I have a varialbe speed setup that now turns counterclockwise. Seems like a lot of these older wheels could serve very well with a motor/controller upgrade.
  15. Repair Of Cast Greenware How To Smooth

    The trouble I am having is the transition between the two areas, the paper/mix is so much tougher that the clay body comes away at a much faster rate. I am having difficulty blending the areas because of the difference. Partly because of my lack of experience and partly because i am used to working in concrete, I seem to be using more slip than probably necessary to afix handles and I am having to blend the joint. THis may all be moot becuase I have not yet seen the outcome under glaze. Maybe the glaze covers more of the blemishes than I think. To be honest here, I nearly cried with joy when, after about 6 tries with the previous method, I finally got a handle to stick with the paper slip.
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