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About rissierae

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  1. Disappointing Glaze Firing - Help?

    2 & 3 make me suspect that the firing was actually too hot, at least for the commercial glaze. Through my trial and error with Spectrum glazes, I've found that they don't like a lot of heat work. Any time I've gone above ^5 with them, they've gotten bubbly/blistery even though the container says they can go to ^6.
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  3. If you're ok with commercial glazes, I've had some good results with Spectrum's Satin Clear ^5, taking it to ^6. But there is a fine line, I've noticed- it over fires really easily and gets bubbly, yet if you only go to ^5 the underglazes won't get runny! It might be worth experimenting with though.
  4. Yes, laser transfers. I have used this glaze with the transfers several times. I did some testing with it first, and thought it was fine. I did a large batch of mugs that didn't have any issues. I can't think of anything else I have done different. I guess I'll have to take a step back, and maybe do some more testing.
  5. Thanks for the advice. I will be bisqueing separately from now on. I really think that's it. The batch I did before these didn't have any problems, and I wasn't bisqueing at the same time. I'm pretty sure these decals need to go to ^04 to be permanent. I'll check Justin Rothshank's website to be sure, but I've been making these for years, and haven't run into too many issues! Not this one anyway!
  6. Recently I've been having craters appear after a decal firing that weren't there after the glaze firing. Basically, the piece comes out of the ^6 glaze firing just fine, I put the decal on, fire it, and there are craters! I only have one guess as to why this would happen, sometimes I bisque fire in a decal firing because they can go to the same temp. (trying to be efficient and all). Could the gases that the greenware is giving off, cause craters in other pots?
  7. I'm looking at getting the Pure and Simple plaster bat mold system and am wondering if anybody on here has worked with them? How did you like it? At the moment I'm only planning on making the plain ol' flat bats used for throwing. Any information is appreciated! Thanks!
  8. Porcelain

    I always described throwing porcelain as like throwing cream cheese. You just have to get used to it, but it's fun. I tended to throw it thicker, and then trim the heck out of it!
  9. This poem by Shel Silverstein has been one of my favorites lately for keeping my creative spirit going. “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.†― Shel Silverstein And luckily I hear it all the time because we have Where the Sidewalk Ends on tape, and my 3 year old wants to listen to it every time we're in the car, lol!
  10. I love that. And I love Ira Glass... we have a cat named after him! lol
  11. I got my Lockerbie from an auction at our local University. It's in good shape, but I too, am ok with fixing it if/when it does need repairs. I don't know anything about fixing wheels, but would be happy to learn when the time comes.
  12. raku - how to remove smell

    Sun and wind are actually good ideas. And time. I've done many raku firings, and after a month or 2 I don't notice a smell anymore. Also, I wash mine up the same day with soft scrub cleanser, and have always had good results.
  13. sad & pathetic

    "sad and pathetic"?? They're not sad and pathetic. Just practice, you'll get them to look how you want them to eventually.
  14. Tips to share?

    In school we used a drill with a mixer attachment thingy to stir the glazes. We just put it in a bucket of water to rinse and keep from contaminating others.
  15. Tips to share?

    Corn starch for lidded jars. You can get them to fit tighter this way, without getting the lid stuck to the jar.

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