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  1. Potter Putter Doesn't hurt to have a killer rutile blue done to perfection, now does it?
  2. I don't make mugs except for family gifts. I have 3 mugs I thought were perfect from a pro potter in Iowa. All 3 have a chip on the rim. I think mugs are about the hardest thing to make because of the ergonomics involved. The handle being only one factor, but the most tactile. Except for the rim, the width of the mug, the overall weight. Let's leave out aesthetics. I've never made the perfect mug. Some of my recipients say differently, but they have not studied the matter.
  3. Tips on building a wedging table. Make it as strong as you possible can. My preferred construction method is to cut the lateral supports 2x4 into the legs 4x4 Screw and glue with Gorilla Glue. My woodworking skills are not what I would have them be, so the Gorilla Glue covers a multitude of sins. The top lateral 2x4s only cut half way into the legs, so they stick up 1 1/2 inches. That will be the thickness of plaster, minus the plywood. Not so thick, you need the wire. If you need more info, I could try to do a better job describing it. My current table is 15+ years with no problems, no wiggle.
  4. Expanded metal is the stuff they build plaster walls with. You could use hardware cloth, which is a smaller hole version of chicken wire. I usually wind up working on my wedging table, so I'm building a new bigger one for my new patio working area. In this case, bigger is better. Whatever space you have.
  5. I don't do porcelain, so if it's different than stone ware in that respect, I wouldn't know. The spin factor with stoneware is that the pug mill isn't full enough. You need the friction of the clay on the inside of the chamber to hold the mass in place. I've never reached the too soft limit on pugging clay.
  6. Hydrocal doesn't have the water absorbing property of plaster. If you want to use the wedging table for drying clay, definitely plaster. Use expanded metal as a reinforcement in the plaster.
  7. This is what you want. My advise would be 20-25% pulp. That's what I use in my paper slip for all joinery. http://www.twinrocker.com/index.html
  8. I know this isn't a very specific answer. I usually pug clay wetter than is comfortable to throw and let it age to where I like it. Still soft. Personally, I think it could be pretty sloppy. Not slip slop, maybe.
  9. Did you say you were planning a dive trip to Bali?  I don't dive any more, but my long time fishing buddy just got back from there.  He also recently sold the most beautiful boat on the west coast, so I am without a ride.  Check one of the picture he sent from Bali and guess what it is.

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I have seen cuttlefish ink but not a photo of it-never would have guessed

    3. CactusPots


      So you fish off shore Nor Cal?  I guess you got all the albacore we used to get 30 years ago.  San Diego.  The last few have been epic bluefin, but without me.  Too old and beat up for that kind of back alley brawl.  Got my butt handed to me by one a while ago and do in fact know what they can do.

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I have caught  Albacore  past past 23 seasons-from Montery to Middle Oregon. some years starigh out from from Eureka

  10. I've lately come up with a new form of wedging Maybe. When the clay has dried too much for wedging, or anything else, it can be "forge wedged". Similar to forging steel on Forged in Fire. I use a maple rolling ping and just beat in until there are no cracks and it's solid to roll out. I use it for pulling textures from hydro cal press molds. Some of the textures are too "radical" for anything softer to not tear, and this almost too hard to be useful clay will pull the texture. This is then added as a sprig.
  11. Finally got through to Brackers live. The website says no but they do have the Magma in stock. Do you measure it at all, or is this the famous "add a dollop" recipe?
  12. A good source for granular iron for this purpose is car repair shops that do brake jobs. They literally have buckets of brake drum lining grindings. A coffee can full is a lifetime supply;
  13. A friend of mine from the cactus club comes to my house sometimes and buys used and seconds (cheap). He called me up a while ago and asked if I was ok with him reselling some of them. I thought that was very considerate of him and told him so. I also told him these pots will out live you and me and they have their own story once they leave me. Bad coincidence for Ms Dishonest to get caught by the actual artist. Confronting her was definitely the right thing to do, kind of like a traffic ticket. You will watch your rolling stops for a while. I guess only potters pick up a piece and actually look at the bottom.
  14. What I wanted from this glaze was the light yellow of the famous Heino glaze. Which I got several times in leaky natural gas up draft kilns, but not in my tight propane down draft. It just burns a brown color for me. My conclusion was that it's just an oxidation glaze. As for the Magma only Big Ceramics and Bracker's list it at all, and both say out of stock. Is it used in industry somewhere that I might track it down? Nice of you guys to put me on the trail of unobtainium
  15. Wow, 71% Nepheline Syenite No wonder the sinks like a stone warning. I don't know the magama or magma product. Does it go by another name? Source? I knew I'd seen this glaze before, It's in John Britt's glaze book. I think I was scared off by the no clay content. He shows it on porcelain and stoneware. Most glazes do look better on porcelain.
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