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Rae Reich

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  1. Contradictions abound. Can't be Masonite, no reflectivity and flexes too much for ware boards. OSB (the only thing that came up in a search for "wafer board" at Lowes), as you say, is yucky surface and not reflective. Styrofoam insulation is not stiff enough for ware boards. If there's something lightweight, inflexible and water resistant that I can carry and shelve multiple pots on, I need it. Did I misunderstand, @Hulk?
  2. Wafer board? You mean OSB, oriented strand board? 'Reflective surface' does not compute.
  3. Scraps might be available at construction sites.
  4. Great! Just re-read my post and should have said "vertical surfaces." You probably figured that out.
  5. Tyvek priority mail envelopes are free at your post office or online at usps.com. Tyvek is also used to wrap houses underneath the siding and is sold in proportionately sized rolls at home centers.
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    Hudson River Clay

    Wow! Beautiful results!
  7. If you just want a dozen or so for a project, you might as well cut them by hand. For bigger quantities, you might post a request for someone with a cutter to run the job(s) for a fee. Look at stores that sell scrapbooking supplies, ask about online communities or post an inquiry at the store, if allowed. More extensive use of stencilling for your production could make the investment in a machine of your own pay off. Also check on the availability of used cutters as scrapbookers upgrade.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    I like @Mark C.'s suggestion of a minimum number of items for shipping.
  9. You might try that ^06, no hold with a slower cool. It might finish smoothing out the pinholes. If your bisque was too hot, the clay will have trouble absorbing water from the glaze so the glaze looks very thin and doesn't stick. Your description of application says you try to repair the first coat when you apply the second. That seems to mess up for you, so try this: Brush first coat all in one direction, second coat in opposite direction, third coat diagonally. Glaze should flow smoothly from the brush so don't use a stiff brush and thin the glaze with a little water if needed for flow. If the glaze stiffens quickly and shows pinholes as soon as you get it on the piece, thin it and/or dampen the piece slightly so it doesn't try to draw out water so fast from the glaze. Don't try to smooth the undercoats, they will melt together in the firing. Go ahead and dab into crevices as you were doing. Just don't worry about how lumpy it looks. (Gas vs reduction doesn't matter at the low temps of ^06). Best wishes, Rae
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    I agree that purchasers must be advised that overseas shipping is costly, but that's no reason for not giving them the choice at all. 1) no sale or 2) cost plus shipping - it's your pot they want, can they pay for it? If shipping costs you time and labor, that needs to be factored in too, @GEP. Thanks, @liambesaw, for the belly laugh at "live animals and glass"
  11. Try dampening the area of the pot by sponge or mister before laying on your stencil. The dry clay is sucking the slip under the stencil edges. The slip might work better if it's a little thicker.
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    I always thought it was a "guy named Mason," - John Mason ('cause that's my era). But prior to him, masons are brick and stone layers. Mason stains are formulated to stain grout and are now used for all kinds of other clay stuff.
  13. There is, or was, a commercial ^06 glaze called Dalmatian. It has little chunks in it, that have to be stirred up frequently, of partly-fired black glaze. They can be taken out of the jar and placed individually, too. The chunks finish melting in the firing and tend to slide on horizontal surfaces, so they should be distributed mostly near the top.
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    Repairing Gas Kiln Arch Bricks

    I would inject some thinned mortar into the cracks and secure with "staples" of high duty nichrome wire on front face, not interior. Or maybe that's impractical? Kiln masters?
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    I think it should be left to the discretion of the buyer whether they want to pay the tariff. Customers from other countries are usually well aware, or should be, of what they're asking when they want you to ship. Of course, remind them at the time of sale. I'm not sure I understand the conscientious objections. You are denying yourselves sales rather than giving them the choice? Why not notify your representatives when your opportunities for trade are being infringed by prohibitive policies?
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    And they're lighter!! But be careful of abrasion when transporting/stacking.
  17. I found this ^06 Clear, Semi-matte (E.G.-81 in James Chappell). I use it on cast white earthenware carved eggs to simulate eggshell. Spraying for the most even application avoids milky looking runs/overlaps. 42.2 Ferro frit 3134 23.3 Wollastonite 7.4 Lithium Carb 20.5 EPK 6.6 Silica _______ 2.0 Bentonite I mix my stains into a small amount of this base to paint designs over or under sprayed or dipped glaze
  18. Flipping fragile platters - lay a sheet of 1" foam over the leather hard - pretty stiff piece. Cover with a lightweight inflexible board larger than the piece. Flip. Apply ceramic cleats. Allow to dry a bit more and re-flip. Be aware that the cleats might still show through, depending on how high you're firing and how they're designed, if the clay softens at maturity. Gluing on cleats or wires might be better.
  19. Then your surrounding form should be twice that, except for the pour end or side. I like @Mark C.'s idea (which might be original - I've never heard of it!) but it will then be very heavy so "flip the box" will need helpers and thoughtful positioning. Maybe "tip the box" on its side will do.
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    Finding stoneware or mid/highfire clay

    Streambeds coming from granite quarries?
  21. But definitely build your clay form thickly and with inflexible exterior support for it. The plaster in such large quantities (even with center-void form in place) will be very heavy and will try to escape through any weak spot. Don't know how intricate the sculpture will be, but simple forms are best to start with. How tall/wide will your piece be?
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    Newbie needing advice

    As long as your dragon won't be living outdoors, a sealer over the finish should be sufficient waterproofing. I would epoxy the armature to the rock and proceed from there. Watch closely for shrinkage cracks before painting and fill them up with more clay. Cracks will be more likely when drying is uneven, such as where thick meets thin. Cover loosely with plastic to help moisture to even out and dry slowly. The more delicate your details - twisty horns, flaring crest, etc - the more chance of accidental damage. But that's true of most delicate work, metal, glass, porcelain or paper. have fun!
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    Looks just like mine did - only bigger! You can stand 3' away from it in the rain and be dry on one side! An awesome sight in the front yard in my city neighborhood. Neighbors became accustomed to it and never complained. They were always invited for kiln openings. They never even notice the Geil. But I miss the Roarrrr!
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    Forgot: soft brick straights can always be shaved to arch brick shapes.
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    Ah, memories! All hardbrick catenary arch, 2" of castable over, castable blocks designed to overlap for door. DON'T Do It!! Been there. Castable crumbles at edges, falls into any inevitable gaps that happen when kiln expands with heat. Bricks try to close, but crumbs !! After that, we tore off the arch and rebuilt with one course of high duty soft brick (all straights works for cat, not sprung), covered with 2" of fiber, covered that with brass sheeting. Left the back all hardbrick but will replace it too when I add a hinged softbrick door. Rebuilt door stack by cementing soft brick in "puzzle blocks" to defeat, mostly, gaps. Still a pain, but better. I think you still need a bit of a chimney with a forced air downdraft, just to keep outflow up higher. Always listen to Mark C. Best of luck

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