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  1. Maybe (just maybe) I have found the magic bulltet: 3 days after throwing, my porcelain test body still had enough moisture left to trim easily.

    1. MatthewV

      MatthewV

      Until the weather changes :-)

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Climate controlled space: there is no weather.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      thats even more impressive since CC usually dries clay faster because it removes humidity.

  2. Threw some test cylinders from my high translucency formula this morning: much higher plasticity than any stoneware I have tried.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: now that I have a clay body that is easy to throw- very well TY. I mixed up some of your Sio2 clay this morning.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: by the way- the 6.18 COE does not hurt either- much easier to glaze fit.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I imagine so. Good to hear your new clay is rocking.

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  3. Ordered 50lbs of commercial grade-refined hectorite today. This is calcium based in lieu of sodium based. According to specs it should be similar to V-gum T: this should be interesting.

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      more or less expensive than Veegum?

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      $ 2.00 lb. with shipping-wholesale. Technical grade: air-floated/ magnet milled to lower the MGO>

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I can buy V-gum T wholesale for $5.00 a lb.

  4. Stopped at a lighting store yesterday and picked up a variety of pendant light shades. Mold time for highly translucent crystalline glazed shades.

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      By early summer I should be making my first pieces. Have to make some molds, and a wheel chuck as well.

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      sounds pretty interesting!

  5. Just read the most directly applicable journal of clay platelet charges in relation to surface area: filled in the remaining blanks I had. I am a happy man.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      zzzzzzzz! To eat his own! Happy for you , Nerd. ..just teasing.

       

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      ya- me too - I see you didn't take the bait in the plasticity article.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Marcia: :)

       

      Terri: when I did not see cation exchange, EF-FF-EE alignment discussed: pretty much knew it was blather.

  6. 70 in mid Febuary. So for the first time in many years during winter- I am going to glaze fire tomorrow.

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      We hit 85 today. That's above normal.

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Hahahaha that's what always happens to my plans. Today I shall throw! Clean the studio instead. Today I shall clean! Spend hours throwing. At this point when I decide what I want to do I should just laugh hysterically and go sleep under the studio table for a couple hours. ;)

    3. Denice

      Denice

      I fired a glaze firing Saturday it was 70 here. I'll be ready for another glaze firing by next weekend.

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  7. I think it is weird science day. I have had these ideas for oddity glazes rolling around in my head for a month now. Good day to test them.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Babs; could you PM these links to me please. Keep getting error messages.

    3. Babs

      Babs

      google david Snair crystalline glazes, I saw some of hiw work in an old Cermaic arts monthly mag, just a couple of beautiful pots.

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Test results in the Slip Recipe thread I started.

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  8. I have not updated since last year!

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I heard about bigger crystals in 17-you heard it here 1st

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Is that a challenge?

      Is 2017; crystal smack-down year?

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Do it now. W. Clement Stone quote.

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  9. Mt favorite part of Christmas. Only one stirring is me. Got two of my first thrown pieces in the kiln: waiting to see how they turned out. Merry Christmas.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Min: sadly that is a true comment.

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Sounds good. Hope your christmas is bright and merry.

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  10. My brain hurts. Think I fried some synapses.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I prefer the term fell in a hole. = )

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Then I need to go ask Alice, I think she will know.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Sing this song while you make pots. "Give me love, give me clay, give me wheel to throw, Give me hope that my kiiiiln won't go coooooold," and repeat.

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  11. I am off until Monday for Thanksgiving. Loaded my 16CF with all the thrown items to be bisq'ed. Threw the breaker- no power! Neighbors pole barn runs off my transformer, they shut it off this morning so he could unprade his power. It is raining, so I guess I will post in the forums all day!

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      you are handling that disappointment well!

       

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      If I had control issues, guess I would of kicked the cat.

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Nice of them to tell you ;]

  12. After two hours of practice throwing this morning: I need to post in the "Help, I cannot center," and the "Help, I cannot pull walls, and the " Why in the he** did I buy a wheel anyway" threads.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Oh, Bill said, "if you are going to throw a lot, use soft clay". That was my primer. Now I'm loving it. Best wishes.

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      Yeah, I've been doing this for fifteen years, and I still run into issues. And many times, it isn't me, but the clay. I use a clay that is far too stiff. You'd think I'd learn, but yet...

      Best of luck in your endeavor. You'll ge there.

    4. glazenerd
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  13. After owning my first wheel for two weeks: I have gone through nearly 100lbs of clay centering and pulling simple forms. I actually pulled a ten pound cylinder today: my first attempt with that much clay. I have also been using my own custom porcleain and stoneware bodies: which I like alot better. (bias intended)

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Yes, you will get there! :) Gotta start somewhere. With me it was very small cylinders that I started with, I didn't make decent bowls till about six months ago.

       

    3. vinks

      vinks

      Sure you will get there..Keep making mistakes,you'll learn more...i use to do more often..Practice Practice and Patience will count !!

       

    4. Joseph Fireborn
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  14. Found a small Olympic gas kiln that I can use for crystalline reduction. Now I have something to test stoneware clay bodies in as well; the missing link.

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Hope you get some good results.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I am going to the Hawthorne mill later this week. Trying to arrange meetings with Gold Art and Red Art plants. Many products available that are not sold to us.

    3. GiselleNo5
  15. Looks like I have a causalty of war in the studio. Went out early to shut down the two test kilns: one was frozen in "8888" LED status. Lightning came through at 4am/: think it is fried.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      The invasion has begun. Better put on the aluminum cones. LOL I hope you were able to get your kiln going again. Story weather is beautiful; if you don';t have to fire. ;)

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Can the controller be repaired? If these storms are persistent you may have to install a lightning rod ;-(

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I turn off the main panel breaker, and individual breakers when I know they are coming through. This one got be my however...

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  16. I spend my mornings drinking coffee and going through the gallery postings. I encourage all members to check out recent postings. The recent work posted by Pugaboo, Giselle, Joseph, 1515Art, and others is really impressive.

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      I agree. I spent a little time on there yesterday!!! Outstanding work, friends.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I love checking the gallery. Check it almost every day.

    3. 1515art

      1515art

      glazenerd, thank you... I agree and think many inspirational mornings and wonderful cups of coffee start right here.

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  17. Have a poundeach of macaloid and VeeGum-T coming. Test these for now and figure out a technical grade later.

  18. I mixed 10lbs of Coma Clay, bisq yesterday. Pull them out of the kiln, slather some glaze on them, fire em up. First time to seriously test crystal results.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Marcia: results posted in Glaze Chemistry thread under "Coma Clay." You will enjoy them.

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      not sure what coma clay is but becarefull you do not fall into one

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Mark: Coma is the name I gave my custom porcelain tile recipe. Coma as in - no memory.

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  19. Get to go back to work after the Doc sidelining me for three weeks.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Accident on the home rebuild? Hope your doing better.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Accident in 2001 coming back to haunt me. Impact tore my pancreas and spleen, among other things. This too will pass.

  20. Loaded some rare earth combinations this morning. Have never really tested them to any degree. Doc has be sidelined, bored to tears.

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Ooh, how interesting!

  21. You know you are getting old when you open the test kiln only to realize you never glazed anything!. hangs head in shame...

  22. I recieved several private messages today from people still experiencing problems getting into the forum. Anyone have an update I can send them?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Ty very much GEP

    3. Babs

      Babs

      I was advised to also clear my cache which helped my prob.

      THe prev. bookmarks don't work for sure.

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      I'm curious...how many of you have had a MAJOR Windows 10 update? Come to think of it, my prob started right after the update...

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  23. Was doing a forum search on rare eath oxides such as Yttrium, Holium, and Samarium: wonder why these never came up in topics before?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I refer to them as oxides because most usually do; they are actually lanthanides.

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      Interesting- had to google it. The oxide is used in glass and it is an interesting read.

    4. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Does the Holium add pinholes :-)

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  24. Picked up a bag each of Grolleg, McNamee, NZ, Helmer, and FHC: let the clay body tests continue.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: It will be over a month before I get done testing various parameters. I work with a five clay blend recipe.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Oh my mistake. Fun stuff?

    4. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Ah that's not too bad. Did a little maths and it comes out at £0.90 a kg and I pay £0.70 a kg

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  25. Mothers Day: A good mom will let her kids eat batter off the beaters: a great mom will turn it off first.

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