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    Problem with wheel

    Hi Sunnyard. I may be wrong about this so take with a grain of salt if it seems so to you. It sounds to me that the bumps you're feeling in the clay may be air bubbles. Are you wedging well before throwing? Coning up and centering down several times as you center? Are you removing your hands very slowly from the clay as you work? I center with the wheel at highest speed, then open and pull the wall up at a slower speed. I think clay can be centered whether or not the bat or wheel head are perfectly centered. I drilled holes for bat pins in one of my wheel heads and they are slightly off, so the bat sits annoyingly a bit off center, but I can still center, especially when I close my eyes and just go by feel. I hope this is helpful. I'm sure other more experienced potters than me will weigh in and give you ideas too. Don't get discouraged. It's wonderful that you've returned to pottery! It took me 35 years.
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    Hi Andrea - I've cut out circles, squares and rectangles of various sizes, about 1/8 - 1/4" thick from whatever clay I have handy, all cone 4-6. I bisque them, or put them in a glaze load if that's happening first, then brush some kiln wash on them. I use them pretty much endlessly under just about everything I glaze even tho I rarely have anything run. Famous last words? I have a big collection of them. Some are just irregular pieces from other things I've cut out. I've never had to retire any, tho I do occasionally drop one, and then I use those pieces under witness cones, or in the garbage. Or in the bottoms of flowerpots......
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    Damaged kiln cord

    My new cord has already arrived from L&L! Too bad they couldn't fit an electrician in the box.
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    Damaged kiln cord

    L&L is sending me a new cord under the warranty and I’m waiting to hear from the electrician so hopefully it will be fixed soon. Thanks for the repair tips Neil but I’m not doing this myself. And the cord does hang straight down so that didn’t cause the problem. It’s still a mystery to me but I’m just glad it’s a relatively easy fix I tried to attach the pic from my phone but it’s same problem with the file being too big. I can only resize when emailing or texting it. I will send a pic when I can, hopefully later this week. Thanks everyone, for your help and moral support. And happy almost spring! Irene
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    Damaged kiln cord

    "right click on photo, select "open with" left click and select "Paint". go to home, choose resize, then choose pixels and enter 600 for the horizontal size. the vertical size will automatically become 450. then save it. once saved, post it here. thank you again, john." Thanks dlpotter and oldlady, and I tried to do that, but photos on my laptop has been sort of disabled - long story about lack of storage - and when I right click I don't see Open With, and nothing else there takes me to Paint, nor can I find it anywhere else. (which doesn't mean it's not in there..... somewhere). I haven't had the time or inclination to spend another afternoon on the phone with tech support, tho I have to again soon. But thanks for trying to help me. Hopefully I'll hear from L&L tomorrow and find out what I need to do to get it up and running again. another old lady
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    Damaged kiln cord

    I'm not going to fire it. I have a very healthy respect for high voltage. I'm wondering now how long it's been like this and if I only noticed it now. There's no way it could have been stepped on or anything - only I go in the garage. The unplugged cord lays on the floor when the kiln isn't in use. I can only imagine it happened gradually. I'll try again to upload the picture. I was able to email that to LL. Thanks for your responses!
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    Damaged kiln cord

    I just went out to my garage to start a bisque load and saw that the head of my kiln's electric cord has completely separated from the rest of the cord right where the two join at the head. I mean the plastic covering - the electric wiring inside is intact and connected, but I can see it. Kind of gives me the creeps. The kiln has been fired about 68 times. I have an email in to LL Kilns but since it's the weekend I thought I'd check here for ideas. Definitely doesn't look safe to use. Anyone ever have this happen? I have a picture but it's too big to attach. Thanks!
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    name this glaze?

    I agree it looks like 112 but the unglazed bit at the bottom looks more like 378 to me. Could the main glaze have the speckling?
  9. Actually meant to reply to the previous post, but I feel your pain. I' m trying to find a way to incorporate beginner's bump into my design "theory"......
  10. hahaha potters are so fun!
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    Slows down when I center

    Hmm, the manual says you can increase the belts tension by rotating the lock nut. And now I remember that I did that when I first adjusted the belt and it didn't hold. Maybe I didn't do it right. I'm going to find the video instructions again
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    Slows down when I center

    I don't work with more than 3 lbs of clay, and usually between 1-2. How can you tell if it's the motor is slowing down or the belt slipping? I don't see a spring mechanism but you can adjust the motor back by moving the plate that holds it to the frame. If the belt is uncentered, does that mean it's slipping? What would you suggest trying first? Moving the motor would be easiest, but would it be better to change out the wheel head assembly in case the bearing is off? Thanks!
  13. My Clay Boss slows down when I'm pressing down to center clay. The motor is 1/2 hp and the wheel is about 18 months old. I checked the belt and it wasn't at the center of the wheel belt pulley, so I adjusted it following the instructions in the manual, and next time I threw it worked better for a few minutes then started slowing again. When I checked it, the belt was off center again. I sent a picture to Speedball and they decided I need a new wheel head/shaft and bearing, which they sent me. Does this repair make sense? Today is Saturday and Speedball is closed, but I'm not sure I want to switch out the wheel heads until I understand why it will make a difference. Is the wheel supposed to maintain speed when you're centering or is the motor too small in this model? Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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    I've had a hummingbird wanting to come inside, and lots of goldfinches eating echinacea seeds. I haven't seen my monarch butterfly for a few days, but he seemed to have made a friend recently so maybe they've gone off together....

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