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  1. & 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. 

  2. 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!

  3. been trying some mold making. Think I prefer the wheel.

     

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Your wheel work is outstanding from what I can see on your Instagram site. I like the Raku yarn bowls and tea light holders in particular because I've gotten requests for both recently. Your work is an inspiration for me! As for the mold making, like anything else in ceramics, there is a definite learning curve. It's just a matter of whether or not you want to spend the time on that side road of your journey...

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Thank you ! Got up this morning and had a look at yesterday's disaster & thought of another way to tackle it. You're right about time and having to just do it to learn.

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Mold making for me is not as immediate as wheel throwing. I make lots of mugs, each a little different even thought they start with same amount of clay. Making all the same would be boring on the wheel, but mold making not so much if I could get through the first part to the second part. However, I am not really interested in going with all the slip casting process.

       

      best,

      Pres

  4. I burnt hand in the kitchen again! I'm getting a set of protective raku style gear for the kitchen :angry:

    Plus its such a bad time to have an injury!

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      I hate cookin. Problem is I like eatin. :(

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      so do i.  proof is making potato salad from the pot of potatoes that i forgot and let burn .   sorry looking potatoes with half an inch of black burned skin and meat make fine food when the black is cut off.   don't know what to do with the pot.

    4. Hulk

      Hulk

      Hope you feel bettrsoon terrim!

         ...soak that pot, soak it goood

  5. 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! 

       

  6. moved the wheel back into the basement from the outdoor shed.

    any other cold weather people starting to get cabin fever yet?

    It's a real thing :blink:

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      Snow and ice here in PA, seems like one storm quits and another is behind it. 4hrs a day shoveling and scraping just isn't fun.

       

      best,

      Pres

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Maybe you folks can build snowmen and creative with your carving tools to make it interesting...:).

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Spend too much time in the snow as it is. The ice is granular, and not very carvable. It does not pack, and is very heavy. What bit of snow is there is between layers of the ice.

       

  7. raku'd all morning & then I get into the kitchen tonight and burn my hand from the steam of a microwave dinner. Looks like I should have kept the raku gloves on.

     

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      When you are dealing with temperatures around 2000 F, for a ceramic firing, you are ready for anything.

      A couple hundred degrees, in the kitchen, autopilot is engaged...

    3. Min

      Min

      ouch! hopes it's minor! 

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      just two small spots :unsure:

  8. 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:

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

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

  14. 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?

  15. It's a bit chilly here this week and my wheel is in a shed that is outdoors with a gas heater. -27C so maybe I should think of something else to do.

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Oh you're trying that too, eh? I started mine at about 1. 

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      terri, were you ever a weatherperson in florida???  their vocabulary list contains only two words,  "chilly" or "warm".  it is NEVER cold or hot.    i think your temp reading places you in the definitely instantly freezing category.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      should have said "a tad chilly" like the Brits :unsure:

  16. Mold Making continues - now to clean up the mess :(

  17. 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. ;)

  18. 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.

       

       

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

  20. picked up raku cage & posted a picture

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

       

  24. 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! 

  25. still haven't had a chance to make any cone 10 stuff but I'll get there. Maybe we can go in the spring for a change?

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      It would save freezing our butts off. 

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      wouldn't it be great if that actually worked?  (butt freezing) Like that "cool sculpting" you see advertised all over the place :o

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      But then we couldn't get all ragey about the guilt tactics that diet manufacturers and health clubs use this time of year!

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