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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
  1. Recommended electric potter's wheel

    How big of a lump of clay can you easily center before torque becomes a problem?
  2. Recommended electric potter's wheel

    The only criticism I have heard of the whisper VL is that it lacks enough torque. What's your view on this? How much clay do you throw?
  3. Recommended electric potter's wheel

    I will definitely not go with the speedball. I'm interested that no one has mentioned, good or bad. Shimpo Wheels like the whisper VL. Has anyone used one? The direct drive seems to be a good idea but I really don't know if it makes much difference, except for less things to go wrong. There seems to be some concern about them not having enough torque if you throw really large. I've never thrown more than 30 pounds of clay and see no reason to throw more than that. It seems like Brent, Bailey and Skutt are the best candidates???? They look extremely similar to me. Thanks for all the info
  4. Recommended electric potter's wheel

    The Skutt looks nice. Thanks Is there a good reason to favor direct drive wheels
  5. My Shimpo M 400 just died. Repairing it may cost more than it's really worth. What are you folks liking in current electric potters wheels? Just by raw specifications, the Speedball Big Boss Pottery Wheel looks like a deal. Has anyone used one?
  6. Yes, as soon as I do a glaze firing.... which will be a while.
  7. I tried most of the suggestions that were offered. By far the most effective was the suspender that Glaze Nerd sent me. It works far better than the bentonite that I had been using. Even with very thick layers of Lalone Crawl, the glaze remained solidly fastened to the bisque and just developed the fine cracks that are necessary for the crawl.
  8. Cleaning things is what girls like to do I don't like the build up while I am using them, particularly on dry throwing tools.
  9. Wrapping With Guitar Strings Before Firing

    I've had some nice results sticking very very fine copper wire on top of glaze using a glue gun. You can make all kinds of interesting patterns. I don't find that steel or aluminum make very attractive patterns.. Unless you're in this some kind of funk art effect.
  10. I have long been annoyed by the clay that builds up on my tools , particularly my dry throwing tools. I've tried coating them with motor oil, axle grease, WD-40, silicon, green soap and probably a dozen other things I can't remember. I have recently been experimenting with coconut oil, which is about the slimiest stuff I've ever run into. It really works quite well, particularly on porous surfaces like wooden tools, and bisque molds. You have to give the surfaces several coats to saturate them and then occasionally recoat them. It ain't perfect, but is far better than anything else I've come up with.
  11. Yes that it the crawl I want. The trick is getting it to stick on vertical surfaces.. which I have done, but with difficulty.
  12. Joe The gel sounds like a fairly simple solution that might work. I will give it a try. It looks like I have a whole bunch of options to test.. Of course, that's the fun part.
  13. This is a crackle / crawl glaze. It's supposed to break up into potato chips to form a very interesting pattern. The issue is not to suppress the crackling but to get the potato chips to stick to the pot. This all works very well on horizontal surfaces but it's really hard to get it to stick on vertical surfaces. As previously mentioned, I found ways to get it to stick, such as adding some Elmer's, but that suppresses the formation of the potato chip. You can see one variation of what it does in the picture ti the left.
  14. Here is the recipe for LaLone Crawl Nepheline Syenite (Theoretical) 70 Magnesium carbonate 25 Ball Clay (Theoretical) 5