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  1. Starting to read thru the gerstley borate substitute items on the forum.  Has anyone tried Tom Buck's dry mix substitute?  Or do you think its less problematic to just go with Gillespie Borate?

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    2. Dick White

      Dick White

      Back in the day, one issue with Gerstley was its variable chemical content. Natural materials are always variable over time , depending on what part of mine it came from, etc., but Gerstley was variable from batch to batch, and some even gave it the nickname Ghastley Borate. When Laguna bought the whole mineyard (but not the mine, nothing new coming out of the ground anymore), they processed it all at once and thoroughly mixed it all. So now the many years worth stock in the warehouse is all pretty much the same. But also slightly different than what it was 20 years ago. The published analysis of the current stock compared to ~1999 show somewhat less silica than before, but other fluxes are about the same +/-. So get some Gerstley and make a test batch of your glaze recipe to see if it needs any tweaking.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Terri:

      given your background: study ulexite.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      another evaporite mineral! - I just bought a 50 lb bag of Laguna Gerstley Borate so I didn't need a substitute. Started mixing up glazes today. Will add a few touches to the raku kiln in the morning so I can operate it by myself, then I'll have more pictures for the gallery.

       

  2. bit of hair stuck out from the face shield while raku-ing today - its crispy - good thing I have a hair appt on Fry-day :rolleyes:

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      See that picture above . That's from heavy reduction at Medalta. That was fun. So's the new kiln :ph34r:

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      I kept the avatar because of the similarities. 

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      Plus I'm cool like that :blink:

  3. Got my new tiger torch today. There was a problem with the valve on the old one & the regulator was slowing things down. I think its all a-ok now :D

  4. going to get a new burner today :mellow:

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      What do you plan on burning?

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      anything I want! I now have 220,000 BTU's:ph34r:

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      That's not a burner, that is a flame thrower. Cooker deluxe!

  5. anyone have a good patching mix for bisque? Thinking of trying to use paper clay as the patch material but the body is regular clay.

     

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Yes. For small batches, soak toilet paper over night, squeeze dry, put it into a blender, add powdered clay body to be repaired,  Use about 25% paper to clay

      about add some vinegar, and a smaller amount of sodium silicate 

      Blend into a paste. Ad a little water if you need to. 

      Dampen the bisque well before applying or else the patch will peel away.

      Re-bisque before glazing. I have repaired students' handles and some of my own architectural work using this.

      Marcia

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Thanks Marcia!

  6. My passive-aggressive neighbour is out cutting the grass after he threw all the pinecones back into my yard. We had some strong winds a few days ago. Thinking of making some clay pinecones, but maybe not-  since the real ones  are from my pine tree :)

    1. Min

      Min

      Pinecones are better than the slugs and snails that my neighbour keeps sending over to my garden. ;)

  7. Bought a box of Seattle Pottery Supply's cone 8-10 Flameware today! This is a first but I have Sumi von Dassow's book & you guys for advice....(my goose is cooked)

  8. One more snow day then it starts to melt!

  9. recycling my clay scraps & using them for my smoked pottery then using the ashes from that to mix up ash glaze :D This recycling thing is working out!

  10. recycling a lot of mistakes these days! Fighting with crazy shapes.

  11. picked up raku cage & posted a picture

  12. You know how you southerners blame the Alberta Clipper for cold weather? I grew up during the cold war and we used to blame the cold weather on the Russians! :D

    1. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      You know, the scientist are saying about 6 southern states are in an unusually cold pattern that has been going on since the 1960's. They call it a "Warming Hole" - go figure... 

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Dam Russians!

  13. Your work is in one of my raku books (S.Branfman). Horses and a great white heron - so beautiful!

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      yes. I am. Thanks!

      My raku pieces are also in Raku; a practical Approach by Steven as well plus lark's book on Raku and Advanced Raku by Bill Jones and Alternative Kiln by Watkins and Wandless.

      Marcia

       

  14. the geese are headed north in huge flocks but we still have a ton of snow and its -16 right now????

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      They know something we do not. 

    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      it was 6 below here this morning....but I am certain it must be that cold or colder in Canada.....

       

       

  15. One minor wound on my hand from the metal but I'm ok- did the basic construction of the raku kiln frame today then took it to a metal shop for a clean up of my work plus some nice big handles.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      super glue the wound-works great 

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      take care of your hand. I had to get a 1/4" piece of glass removed surgically from the back of my finger when I was drilling a support on the wall and leaned back on the floor. that took a while to heal. Keep your cut clean.

       

       

  16. I put a picture of what I've collected to build this so far on the gallery.

  17. & so it begins. Picked up my wire this morning.

     

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      nice wire. I am going to use 2" wide flashing on my new one. 

  18. just recycled a s___t load of Polar Ice. Its so expensive that you can't toss this stuff. Made out of  New Zealand halloysite. 

     

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    2. Min

      Min

       

      Speaking of Plainsman, have you used any of their clays in ^10 soda?

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      For salt & soda : P700, H570 & H550. I like them all but 570 mixed with 550 is my favourite & it has a few speckles - Callie recommended that mix. The P700 is nice and even translucent a bit in part,even covered with slip when you hold something up to the light! I guess so far I have only used their clay. 

      Plainsman doesn't get involved in exploration, other than within a short radius around Medicine Hat.

    4. Min

      Min

      Thanks Terri! 

       

  19. Still freezing.  I hate 'pages". Working on a small catalogue & things keep disappearing. Grrrrr..... #$@&^%**!!! software. And no- you tube isn't helpful so far- grrrrrrrr

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      ashamed to say that I called in one of my kids to help- I used word - which I'm used to and she'll convert it to pages that has a prettier template- Some days...............

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      That's what kids are for :D I used to type up most of my mums stuff because it would take me 1/10th of the time.

    4. LeeU

      LeeU

      Problem is the conversion from Word etc. to Pages etc.and vice-versa is not always a two-way street. It is hard to shift from one system to another when one way is virtually automatic from years of experience and the "new" one has been perversely set up to be "backwards" & everything is in weird places. I feel your pain! 

  20. freezing in my basement studio today :ph34r:

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Not been in my studio since mid November. Had the flu most of December, and the 0-10 degree weather does not suit me these days. I can heat my studio, just did not feel like doing it this year.

  21. I wish there was an easy way to turn a caternary arch kiln into a salt kiln. I'm too lazy to rebuild it so I guess driving across the province to a salt kiln is my only option right now.

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      I thought of that but I currently have a brick up (then brick down) style door and part of that  is scavenged soft brick. Looks like a few "denaros" would be required to build a door. 

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      The bricks can be coated on the insides. You can then spray the salt in thru the burners via a garden sprayer.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      the ITC stuff??? Or is there another product? Do you have to be concerned about it falling off into the ware??? Do you use it?

  22. taking a break- going skiing tomorrow!:ph34r:

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Have fun!

      Marcia

       

    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Keep those skis together!

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      wow- I was pretty shaky yesterday. Have to go every day now to get my ski-legs back.

  23. heading to Medalta again for a week!

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Mold making all week with different kinds of machinery!

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Jealous! Are you going to check out that store with the weird spray painted tumbleweeds again?

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      No- I didn't have time! The course was extremely concentrated time wise. i even showed up early as the key fob lets you in- like 6 am once! It might have been easier if I had some experience with it but I didn't and it moved fast. only 1 lathe too so I tried to get in early for that. And it was HOT!!!!!! I didn't even have time for carrot cake!

  24. I took a Shibori style fabric dye course. The concepts are useful for ceramics too and there are some common ingredients. Lots of fun!

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      gotta google that!!

       

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      sounds like fun!

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      we've always used pattern resists but there's some ideas that translate other than fabric folding.

  25. I made a large porcelain bowl. It is 14 inches tall and 22 inches in diameter. Think I need to support it for the cone 6 firing?

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      the foot is kind of small- about 6 inches diameter. It's handbuilt- not thrown.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Depends on the clay, wall thickness. The fact you are not sure, suggests maybe you should.

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Let us know what you do and the outcome. I always wonder about those things.

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