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  1. Fred Sweet

    Power Slab Roller

    Stephen- I agree with MMR regarding the gauges ( easily cut from hard wood) but add canvas to account for the thickness(es) of it (them), depending upon whether you sandwich your clay between two pieces or only one on top. Otherwise when you roll your clay, it won’t accommodate for the canvas, and your slabs will be consistently thinner than your gauge or “target” thickness. Regards, Fred
  2. Cole- What Neil says. I had a few former students who used it to polish their colored porcelain jewelry pendants in rotary rock tumblers. Of the students, one used two or three different grit sizes (and perhaps also more time) which were the more successful in terms of polish and “softness” of the finished products. I seem to remember that she finished with 400 grit, though it was a long time ago and my memory isn’t up to remembering the exact grits used and time per grit. Regards, Fred
  3. Dianna- Another possible reference is Alex Irvine’s book: “Ceramic Sculpture: Making Faces: A Guide to Modeling the Head and Face with Clay”. I don’t have personal experience with this book, and only offer it as an option after doing a quick search on the web. https://www.amazon.com/Ceramic-Sculpture-Making-Faces-Modeling/dp/1454707763 Regards, Fred
  4. Fred Sweet

    Simple DIY sink clay trap

    Ah, but gold particles have more mass (think weight) than clay particles and drop out of the suspension quickly. Whereas, the fine clay particles need a “slow flow” to separate. Just something else to consider. Regards, Fred
  5. Dianna- take a look at Bruno Lucchesi’s book: “Modeling the Head in Clay: Creative Techniques for the Sculptor “. Link below, but may not be the best price. He doesn’t talk about firing processes and the considerations that must be taken into account if that is your objective. He does however give an excellent account of the process of sculpting and the “whys” that the face and head take the forms that they have. https://www.amazon.com/Modeling-Head-Clay-Creative-Techniques-ebook/dp/B004KABEHO Regards, Fred
  6. Fred Sweet

    Glazed over holes

    You might also consider getting a Kemper Cleanup Brush (CUB) or use a pipe cleaner with both plastic and fiber bristles, or even Q-tips to clean the holes after glazing and before firing. If you taper the glaze back a bit in the outer surface a little it should help keep most of the glaze from flowing into the holes. Regards, Fred
  7. Fred Sweet

    removing e6000?

    Clay lover- Here is the SDS for E-6000. On the second page there is information about various solvents to break down the cured adhesive. http://eclecticproducts.com/downloads/tds/tds-e6000-craft-us-ca-eu-me-arabic-au-nz-mex.pdf Hope it helps. Regards, Fred
  8. Fred Sweet

    Clay deposits in Miami Florida?

    Mike- Try reading through some or all of the following: https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0380k/report.pdf https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/20548923.2015.1133119 https://floridadep.gov/fgs/geologic-topics/content/florida-rocks-minerals https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/_assets/pdf/florida-rocks-and-mineralas-leaflet19-2009.pdf The above were some of the results from a web search using: “ clay deposits near Miami, Florida” as the parameter. Additional sources of information may be found in their endnotes. Regards, Fred
  9. Fred Sweet

    How it's made

    Vlad- Once you have a mold, you can use it as a press mold. If you do use it as a press mold you can “customize” each one after you drop them out. Doing this can keep you involved with the basic form and slow down the inevitable “burn out”, as well as being able to provide your customers with an ever-changing product. Regards, Fred
  10. Denice- Is this really the topic to which you were wanting to respond? Respectfully, Fred
  11. Fred Sweet


    Shawna- Here is a link that discusses the Cress Basic kilns. I know it doesn’t address your specific kiln, but it briefly discusses the use of the infinite switches (which your kiln has) under the section “Switches and Pilot Lights”. http://www.cressmfg.com/pdf/BASIC KILN MANUAL, FOR A,B,C KILNS.pdf The remainder of the manual is something you might read through to decide what may apply to your future firings. Hope this will help. Regards, Fred
  12. Fred Sweet

    Triple beam or digital scale?

    To all you fine folks- Thanks to Graybeard’s comment above, I find that I need to edit my post. He is correct when he says the “right-hand” column (or pillar as I stated). Some how got my hands mixed up. Must be the shivering that I’m doing in this cold snap! Thank you Greybeard. Now off to edit my prior post. Respectfully apologetic, Fred
  13. Fred Sweet

    Triple beam or digital scale?

    Rae- Yes, they are in Ohaus scales. They are located in the right-hand pillar, where the beams pass through it. There a blade which hangs down from the beam, which is what the magnets work their braking effect upon. Regards, Fred
  14. Fred Sweet

    Help with firing programme

    1/4 inch or .6 cm. Whichever you’re most comfortable with. You can put a layer of kiln wash on between the bisque and glaze firing if you choose to glaze your piece.
  15. Fred Sweet

    Temporary soft marks on clay?

    Ditto to what Min says. You can use different colors to refine you patterns or to designate various color or texture areas. Regards, Fred

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