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  1. Eco Friendly Boxes & Packaging

    Much like Pres, I like popped pop corn! Can't get much more natural than that, just don't use Canola to pop it with. Read what Canadian Oil is!
  2. The Dangers Of Advice Without Experience

    Tyler Miller, FYI, the appropriate Tempil stick would get you the desired temp of 600deg C with no problems! Even a beginner could do it:)
  3. Excellent article by David Hendley in the current Clay Times goes into detail about how long it takes to make a piece from beginning to completion. The article is insightful and provides insight into the time expended and keeps it in perspective of the entire process. If you get a chance get this quick read it gives plenty of food for thought! Regards, Charles
  4. Here is an interesting blog post by an artist who has had enough of commercial entities stealing her intellectual property! http://lisacongdon.com/blog/2013/10/my-art-was-stolen-for-profit-and-how-you-can-help/
  5. I was browsing for some other information today and ran across this blog post on how to determine the asking price for a handmade item. I thought it worthy of posting since it seems to have a quick and dirty method of pricing that most can understand and this is a perennial quesiton on this site. http://whatthecraft.com/how-to-pricing/ Regards, Charles
  6. Opening for AIR Vallauris Rimer, Schultz, Selsor

    Congratulations on your opening Marcia! It sounds terrific!
  7. In a case to be decided by the Supreme Court of the US there is the possibility that items legitimately bought might not be able to be resold without the originators permission! Here is a news article discussing some of the potential pitfalls: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril-2012-10-04
  8. How to get raised designs?

    Marcia's recommendations are spot on as usual. Oil clay is modelling clay which many potters refer to using a trademarked name such as Plasticine. Bisque molds if you are not familiar with making plaster molds are quite easy just press what yo want into a piece of clay, bisque it and voila! (a tip of the hat to Marcia's upcoming residence) you have a negative cavity that will produce many copies by pressing balls of clay into the cavities. One of the ways to get good impressions and constant density is to make a wooden press kind of like a tortilla press. Make little balls of clay and press them into either your bisque or plaster molds. Just make a little channel around the cavity for excess clay to extrude into. You can make an incredible variety and quantity of tiny items with this very simple setup. Regards, Charles
  9. Copyright has been a frequent topic on this site and much of the information has been questionable at best. Here is a free booklet that delves into it in in detail. It is specific to weavers but the information relates to anyone who creates original work. The booklet is available here and you may need to register on the site to get it but you can always unsubscribe later. Copyright 101 Regards, Charles
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  11. Any ocarina makers here?

    I meant to mention that I believe you will find that the finger hole diameter has more to do with pitch than any other parameter.
  12. Any ocarina makers here?

    Mud to Music is probably the most definitive book on ceramic instruments out there. A must have for anyone's library if they are making anything in ceramic for music. I agree Pres! I probably should have given the proper title. "From Mud to Music" is written by Barry Hall who is a member of an all clay ensemble as well as being a well rounded musician in his own right. "Mud to Music is published by the American Ceramic Society ISBN: 1- 57498-139-0. Frank Georgini of tile-making fame has also written extensively on making Udus and has a website at www.udu.com. A book I have found as a good reference book for musical instruments in general has been "Musical Instrument Design" by Bart Hopkin published by See sharp Press ISBN: 1-884365-08-6. the book is valuable for its table s alone but some of the interesting instruments include bull kelp horns, gourds and calabash and a whole lot of quirky designs I wish I had the time to play with. Recently, in our area, there has been a lot of interest in ceramic Raku-fired djembes and timbale-like drums, I've seen a number of them at drum circles! Regards, Charles Oh Gosh .... I had resisted temptation so far- and it was really hard as this book has been coming to my attention on and off for about five years or so - and I have to confess I've just now ordered it on line! Thank you all for nudging me into action Christine You won't regret it Christine. It is truly a worthwhile book. Do you have a dog? The reason I ask is that there is a CD containing many of the instruments featured in the book with sound clips. The pre-columbian meso-american instruments caught my dog's attention and she was absolutely mesmerized by the sounds. It was very interesting to watch her reactions. She didn't care about the other instruments. Anyway I'm sure you will enjoy the book! Regards, Charles
  13. Any ocarina makers here?

    Mud to Music is probably the most definitive book on ceramic instruments out there. A must have for anyone's library if they are making anything in ceramic for music. I agree Pres! I probably should have given the proper title. "From Mud to Music" is written by Barry Hall who is a member of an all clay ensemble as well as being a well rounded musician in his own right. "Mud to Music is published by the American Ceramic Society ISBN: 1- 57498-139-0. Frank Georgini of tile-making fame has also written extensively on making Udus and has a website at www.udu.com. A book I have found as a good reference book for musical instruments in general has been "Musical Instrument Design" by Bart Hopkin published by See sharp Press ISBN: 1-884365-08-6. the book is valuable for its table s alone but some of the interesting instruments include bull kelp horns, gourds and calabash and a whole lot of quirky designs I wish I had the time to play with. Recently, in our area, there has been a lot of interest in ceramic Raku-fired djembes and timbale-like drums, I've seen a number of them at drum circles! Regards, Charles
  14. Veggie oil Kiln

    You might enjoy this anecdote on alternative firing. Years ago when I was a young nuclear engineering graduate I worked on a nuclear propelled space rocket and was involved in test firing the engine at Jackass Flat at the Nevada test site. You probably know that glass left for decades in the hot desert sun takes on a bluish cast that deepens with exposure. Antique dealers use the color to date and value old glass brought in from desert sites. The test firings would last a few seconds and were just used to determine thrust. A large number of the personnel involved in the test firings would bring in clear glass items to set in the test chamber around the engine. After the test firing the clear glass would have a beautiful blue color to it. A misconception about radioactivity is that items actually become radioactive but it is actually particles and can be washed off so the glass itself did not become radioactive. Regards, Charles I hope you have some of that blue glass! Marcia Unfortunately I never had any of my own to put in the engine test cell. I was an outside contractor at the time and I would drive out to McCarren field and board a DC3 that had all the windows blacked out for the short flight to Jackass Flat. The military was very picky and they checked everything we brought in or out: I was a veteran and I didn't want to cause any difficulties with the base personnel. The others actually lived on the base. Regards, Charles
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