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About docweathers

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    Gismo Guy
  • Birthday 09/01/1944

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    Spokane Wa
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    Cone 6, gas and electric, thrown pottery
    Large welded sculpture from scrap metal

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  1. docweathers

    Color depth for encapsulated stains

    Great idea... I will give it a try
  2. docweathers

    Color depth for encapsulated stains

    Thanks for the link to Leslie's webpage. She does some really nice stuff that I could only aspire to. I don't have a specific texture I'm looking for. I would just like to make better use of encapsulated stains but I don't like the flat lack of depth in the color. Any suggestions on how to easily make them more interesting would be greatly appreciated.
  3. docweathers

    ^6 Glaze for cake decorating style glazing.

    Sometimes I think I'm plagued with kiln devils not goddesses. But I think it's my fault because I'm constantly experimenting with new glazes and glaze combinations. Of course some of don't come out like I hoped. If Iris smart guy I would get 1/2 a dozen glazes I like and use them. But what fun would that be. Gee I thought the best way to measure CEC was by taste but of course that sometimes puts it in my beard. My wife hates it when I give her a big kiss with a beard full of clay, but what fun.
  4. I have not made much use of encapsulated stains because of their rather flat color depth. Has anyone come up with a way of adding a little color depth to them?
  5. docweathers

    ^6 Glaze for cake decorating style glazing.

    I can see where creating a thick paste for application would be useful but the problem really is the melting of the form during glaze firing. How would this fine particle ball clay help in that area? all ancient deities have beards
  6. docweathers

    ^6 Glaze for cake decorating style glazing.

    I have no experience with low fire anything. What cone low fire clay would you guess might serve as a stiff majolica "cake icing"? I tried adding 20% alumina hydrate to one of my current majolica glazes. It did absolutely nothing to stiffen up the glaze. Does the strategy have any merits i.e. did I not put enough alumina hydrate in the glaze.
  7. docweathers

    ^6 Glaze for cake decorating style glazing.

    thanks for the info I have full supply of piping tools. I really want t do this as a glaze on bisque.... on top of other glazes. Would adding alumina hydrate help the glaze keep its form.? I know it might cause some roughness. Any solution to this?
  8. I decided to try some glazing modeled after the fancy stuff that cake decorators do. Does anyone have a formula for a glaze that will maintain its shape like frosting does at ^6 oxidation?
  9. docweathers

    Electric Reduction Firing

    I asked Skutt how I might implement a Fallonator configuration with my 1227. This is what they said: "Hello Lawrence,We do not recommend introducing fuel into the chamber of an electric kiln. It can be quite dangerous to do so. In the case of the Fallonator it looks like you are depending on CO2 to displace any fresh oxygen in the kiln to prevent combustion, but if that CO2 fails to do its job you are turning the kiln into a big explosive container. The heating elements get well beyond the temperature needed to ignite the propane. I would recommend looking into Steven Hill's electric firing process. He is able to emulate the look of an atmospheric firing through spraying his glazes and firing very slow without bisquing the pots (once firing). This would be a much safer way to get the look of a gas fired piece. Here are some links to his articles:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/555a4afbe4b06f6e6f42474f/t/55712bc7e4b0334e5889b742/1433480135766/An+Approach+to+Single+Firing.pdfhttp://www.stevenhillpottery.com/articles/Generally speaking, introducing gas into an electric kiln chamber will deteriorate the elements and the brick, but it also has a chance of combusting. I would not recommend putting any sort of gas in your kiln. You may also be interested in asking around your community for access to a gas, salt, soda, or wood kiln. Wood kilns are a lot of fun!!"
  10. I need the name of the famous European pottery lady who does a lot of tests and often posts them on Pinterest. An email for would also be helpful. I used to know this but somehow I've forgotten it.
  11. docweathers

    Nickel sparkles cone range

    I only put a tiny amount on test tiles. Will damaging elements be a problem if I run them at around 1300°F?
  12. On impulse , I bought a bag of nickel sparkles. There is no information about what cone range they would work at. I've written the manufacturer and have not gotten an answer. I sprinkled them on a couple different glazes and fired them at ^6 oxidation. That was obviously way too hot. On one glaze they did absolutely nothing . On the other glaze they spatter the glaze all over and made an ugly mess. , Does anyone know how hot you can fire these things?
  13. docweathers

    Electric Reduction Firing

    How about a simple diagram of the kiln you manufactured.
  14. I don't think I had any idea what the lines were for since I did not learn how to read until seventh grade's, despite parents and schools diligent efforts. Lines ,reading etc. all seemed like a waste of time to me.

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