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  1. I remember reading something about pricing that really caught my attention but I've lost track of it. I THINK it was posted somewhere in this forum but can't track it down. It talked about how certain numbers seem to garner more buyers than other numbers - like maybe odd numbers over even or something like that? I think it also talked about how the cents in the price affected potential buyers (like $.99 or $.49 or again, something like that). Does this ring any bells? Thank you for any help.
  2. This whole conversation is why I so love and value this forum! Always good to know that I have company in my dilemmas and the suggestions typically hit the mark. Thank you @GEP and @S. Dean for @triolazfor the help, and the rest of you for making me laugh and also feel like I'm not all alone out here
  3. I will definitely explore this. It's completely in line with what I have in mind. Thank you
  4. Great tip. I will check these out. Thank you
  5. Thank you, Neil. This is a great suggestion and I have thought about it. Maybe with some - a lot - of practice. I have a huge issue with visualization [!!} and I can't mentally work through the layers thing, especially as I want to use two to three different colors at a time. : ) But, definitely a technique I want to try in my spare time haha
  6. I have some rather detailed drawings I paint/draw onto some of my clay items. I've tried a few tools but haven't yet come up with something that is easy to use and creates a pretty consistent fine line. Currently, my best bet is the Mayco Designer Line (https://www.dickblick.com/products/mayco-designer-liners/?clickTracking=true&wmcp=pla&wmcid=items&wmckw=30488-2013&gclid=CjwKCAiAxarQBRAmEiwA6YcGKLDgI7HBdZTzv_Rr2B3JvH5Llnqkbl8iyhM8h12C-BcvR10eB8kOjhoChSUQAvD_BwE) but my "squeezing" touch has to be really, really steady (it's not all that!) to get a consistent line. One of the issues for me with tools that you need to squeeze is that my rather senior hands are not particularly strong. Some of the squeezer type things are just not flexible enough for me. Any tips on technique or specific tools people use are very welcome.
  7. Mark, thank you for this advice. I think I'll try this first. If you have any tips about using or making coils, I would welcome the information.
  8. Thank you. That's exactly the information I was looking for. Appreciate your time.
  9. I am having a bit of trouble with warping during bisque firing and / or glaze firing. I'd like to try sand for movement but not sure about how to use it. Can I use it for both bisque and glaze firings? Do you just put a layer on a shelf and keep using it, or do you need to clean it up after each firing? Any advice or tips on this are welcome!
  10. Kiln Install on Deck

    neilestrick and Benzine, really good to know that and to hear., and thank you so very much for weighing in. As a computer geek, I can't imagine leaving my laptop outdoors in Michigan and then expect it to be okay with a space heater goose. If that would work fine, without issues, I am all about it. Much less costly option than other things I've been thinking about (also occurred to me that an electric blanket might work). If anyone else has experience or thoughts, I'm still very open to guidance.
  11. Kiln Install on Deck

    Going back through this discussion, there is a point raised specific to my situation: my new kiln with an electronic controller is in a protected outdoor space (totally safe regarding clearances) in MICHIGAN. It gets really cold here in the winter for prolonged periods of time. I'm not comfortable with the controller being that cold for extended periods of time and I'm trying to brainstorm a way of keeping it somewhat warmer consistently. I'm thinking water pipe heat tape or roof de-icer tape. Any thoughts or advice or other ideas are VERY welcome.
  12. Hello Collective Gurus I am a hobby potter, newbie, and I live in Michigan. My only option for a kiln is on an outdoor covered porch. I can protect it from snow and rain. Any insights into keeping it feeling well when it's not in use? (Someone cautioned about covering it in plastic because moisture will corrode elements. Not sure if this is valid or not.) As always, thank you for the wealth of shared knowledge here.
  13. Thank you! I don't need particularly large. I am seeking other factors that might come into play. I feel unsure about things I might not know enough to be considering. At this point - until someone else suggests other considerations - I am looking for EASE OF USE (establishing thickness, hard to crank? what else - I don't know), reliability, what does "no shim slab roller" mean and how important is that? people's experience with brands, is there a possible issue with the roller not being heavy enough and you end up fighting machine movement while you're rolling? etc
  14. Any advice on purchasing a portable slab roller? My space is extremely limited. What do I need to be aware of or watch out for? I'm a newbie and really don't know what I should be aware of - I'm just really sick of my rolling pin! I'm a senior person so not especially strong. I haven't invested very much time yet in the research but, both of the following strike me as interesting and within my budget: http://www.clay-king.com/clay_slab_rollers/shimpo_mini_slab_roller.html https://www.etsy.com/listing/449252632/clay-slab-roller-pottery-tool-heavy-duty? This forum is SO helpful. Thank you, in advance, for anyone's time!
  15. Thank you, Everyone. These are all great ideas and very helpful for different options. Always good to know that others are wrestling with the same issue. I appreciate your time and input