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  1. graybeard

    Table Top Wheels

    I have a Speedball Artista wheel and I like it, (the foot pedal isn't worth a d@&n though) but I have no problem using the speed knob. The Artista DOES use standard bats. No, it isn't as powerful as my AMACO model b, and yes, you can slow it down while centering, but it's a good less costly option. stay safe graybeard
  2. Been using a cookie press fer about 2 years, works great but you REALLY NEED to KEEP the THREADS CLEAN. graybeard
  3. Benz, Ya gotta remember it's Stain-less Steel, not Stainless Steel. big difference. But I'm with you guys, that IS a great tip pres. I have a strip of pipe insolation around the edge of my splash pan, I stick my needle tools in it to keep them handy and to save my fingers from getting stuck when I'm feeling around for a needle tool. Less blood to clean up! graybeard
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    OK for kiln to get wet?

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    Steaming Electric Kiln

    Yeah, pretty much what mark said. I picked up a small kiln that got wet in a leaky garage, (they were going to trash it) I set it on low and opened the lid a crack and just let it dry itself out, it took some time but it works just fine. Later, graybeard
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    I'm with pres, sounds like my old amaco model a. The noise stopped when I replaced the belt. graybeard
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    Bailey 22" Mini Might II Table Roller

    I built a slab roller using a old set of mop rollers, I can only roll a slab 10" across and it looks like a piece of junk but it works really well. (plus I'm the only one that see's it so.......) Graybeard
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    Measuring pot bottoms

    Im confused. Why not just use a needle tool? What am I missing?
  9. I call mine MILL CREEK POTTERY, nothing official yet but my wheel is about 50 feet from mill creek so the name made sense too me. graybeard
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    Art Fairs with Ceramics

    Hi Mark, Just want to thank you for the post, real helpful ideas. (I need all I can get) graybeard
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    How to identify bisque ware

    I use a under glaze pencil. graybeard
  12. Hi everyone, and Happy new year. I got my RULING PEN from amazon today, looking forward to putting it to use. When I tried to use it (try it out?) I found out that under glaze's are way too thick right out of the bottle. The question is, how much can you thin a under glaze with water before it becomes too thinned to be useful? Thanks for your help. Graybeard
  13. Hi all. I fired a load of bisque Wed. evening (standard 630 ^5) when I checked Thursday A.M. the kiln was still firing (way too long) so I shut it off and cried a little. When I opened the kiln this A.M. (Friday) The pieces looked ok, (not melted) but I don't know how hot things got. I had 3 witness in the kiln (06 05 04) and they are all pretty flat, my question is, is there a way to tell if the pieces will still take glaze, or if the clay has vitrified? Thanks for your time. Graybeard
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    Tools for throwing dry

    Hi all, time for me to come out from my cave to ask a question. When you say you throw dry, just how dry is "dry"?? thought fer the day: remember, 2 wrongs do not make a right, BUT 3 lefts will! graybeard
  15. Jeez, when I have crazing like that I break out my hammer, maybe I should rethink that. I have a earthenware glaze just like that blue too. graybeard

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