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Fred Sweet

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  1. PQotW: Week 32

    Marcia- wysiwyg = what you see is what you get.
  2. Mason Stain in base glazes

    RonSa- For color development in glazes, I start with 1-5% for most Ceramic stains (look at the normal use of color oxides in glazes) for stronger, darker stains. For the lighter colors, I usually start with a range of 1-10%. If you were talking about slips or underglazes, then I would consider starting with a range of 5-20% for darker and 5-35% for lighter stains. For clay body color, I’d start even higher. Think transparency to opacity based on the amount of “glass” development in the final product. Just my way of looking at “things clay and glazes.” Regards, Fred
  3. Awwwww, Marcia, now I don’t want a like button either! ;-)
  4. Pres- As you stated, you and Marcia don’t have like buttons. Can’t see if I do or not until I write something, hence my reply to your message. Best, Fred
  5. Slip design over chattering?

    Ginny C- Perhaps slip trailed petal outlines with a “cloudy” clear (much like the ones complained about in other threads) to fill the petal shapes? Just a thought- Fred frosty? Can’t remember the descriptor used-somebody help?
  6. Weight/size Charts?

    Joseph- You said: “ I didn't realize when I had bought the clay that the shrinkage rate was so high! Talk about nightmare. Not only is that clay more expensive but you have to use more of it.” A conspiracy? Wasn’t it said that the cleanup was a bear? Wonder if they’re highly invested in cleaning products as well?
  7. Seeing Cones

    Cabako- It's not just the UV that you need to block, but also infrared light. Might want to heed the advice given here. Respectfully, Fred
  8. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    GreyBird_ Sent you a PM with some further information. Regards, Fred
  9. Cone 6 Albany Slip Recipes

    GreyBird- If you want the recipe that Oldlady provided to add up to 100%, the the recipe would read as follows: 78% Albany Slip 22% Colemanite I'll check my recipe database in my computer when I get home to see if I have any other ^6 recipes with Albany. No promises that I'll find any, but I'll check. Hope this helps. Regards, Fred
  10. Lowering Coe?

    JohnnyK- Coefficient of thermal expansion. The reversible expansion of a material as one heats it. Not to be confused with shrinkage, which is a "one time" event.
  11. Iron

    Antoinette- You might want to look at this from today's message from CeramicArtsDaily: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-glaze-recipes/glaze-chemistry-ceramic-glaze-recipes-2/techno-file-four-ways-to-red/?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=CAN%20ListWarmUp-Day%2011_7-18-17_AM%20(21)&utm_campaign=Coming%20Soon%201 Don't know if the section on iron reds will help, but offered just the same. Regards, Fred
  12. Arm Loosening Exercises

    Sputty- Try food coloring with your brush. Practice your strokes directly on your pots. If you don't like them, they'll burn off. That way you're working on "your" forms and not someone else's. Regards, Fred
  13. Glazes Again

    RonSa and dhPotter- I think it may depend upon how current the analyses that you're using for each of the ingredients. Ron Roy enters a new analysis every time he orders his ingredients, and in the past kept the older ones dated in his files. You might want to check with Nerd about this. Regards, Fred
  14. Shimpo 21 Rk-10 Questions

    Jothamhung- The link to Shimpo below should answer most, if not all, your questions about the wheel. http://www.shimpoceramics.com/pdf/manuals/wheels/rk10super_manual.pdf Hope it helps. Fred
  15. What Is Ceramics, Is It Art?

    Marcia- Guess I didn't read deeply enough into my research. I had stopped on McLuhan's oft cited statement, which is as I used in my question to you. Upon your suggestion, I went back and found the following: From the Marshall McLuhan website: https://www.marshallmcluhan.com/common-questions/ "COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS (AND ANSWERS) Answers by Dr. Eric McLuhan, Marshall’'s eldest son Why is the title of the book “The medium is the massage†and not “The medium is the message� Actually, the title was a mistake. When the book came back from the typesetter’s, it had on the cover “Massage†as it still does. The title was supposed to have read “The Medium is the Message†but the typesetter had made an error. When Marshall saw the typo he exclaimed, “Leave it alone! It’s great, and right on target!†Now there are four possible readings for the last word of the title, all of them accurate: “Message†and “Mess Age,†“Massage†and “Mass Age.†Apologies for reacting without performing my due diligence, and thank you for the correction. I should know not to give "snap" commentary. Thank you for your correction, Marcia. Respectfully and humbled re-submitted, Fred
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