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glazenerd

500 lbs of technical grade air floated kaoilin is on it's way. Hectorite on it's way. Let the ultra translucent porcelain begin.
Mar 23 2017 05:53 PM
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    Mark C.
    its lighter the longer it sits right?
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    Oooooh! I look forward to seeing how the tests come out.

    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
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    glazenerd
    Mark: I have found EPK is a mediocre clay to begin with. Okay for glaze and fine particle filler for clay bodies: but not much else.
    Today, 09:40 PM
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glazenerd

Ordered 50lbs of commercial grade-refined hectorite today. This is calcium based in lieu of sodium based. According to specs it should be similar to V-gum T: this should be interesting.
Mar 14 2017 08:38 PM
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    terrim8
    more or less expensive than Veegum?
    Mar 17 2017 10:52 AM
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    glazenerd
    $ 2.00 lb. with shipping-wholesale. Technical grade: air-floated/ magnet milled to lower the MGO>
    Mar 17 2017 06:55 PM
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    glazenerd
    I can buy V-gum T wholesale for $5.00 a lb.
    Mar 17 2017 06:55 PM
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glazenerd

Stopped at a lighting store yesterday and picked up a variety of pendant light shades. Mold time for highly translucent crystalline glazed shades.
Mar 10 2017 08:44 AM
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    Joseph F
    Nice.
    Mar 10 2017 10:04 AM
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    glazenerd
    By early summer I should be making my first pieces. Have to make some molds, and a wheel chuck as well.
    Mar 10 2017 08:41 PM
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    terrim8
    sounds pretty interesting!
    Mar 11 2017 10:52 AM
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glazenerd

Just read the most directly applicable journal of clay platelet charges in relation to surface area: filled in the remaining blanks I had. I am a happy man.
Mar 06 2017 11:20 PM
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    Marcia Selsor
    zzzzzzzz! To eat his own! Happy for you , Nerd. ..just teasing.

    Mar 07 2017 08:18 AM
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    terrim8
    ya- me too - I see you didn't take the bait in the plasticity article.
    Mar 07 2017 08:23 PM
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    glazenerd
    Marcia: :)

    Terri: when I did not see cation exchange, EF-FF-EE alignment discussed: pretty much knew it was blather.
    Mar 07 2017 09:04 PM
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glazenerd

70 in mid Febuary. So for the first time in many years during winter- I am going to glaze fire tomorrow.
Feb 17 2017 05:26 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    We hit 85 today. That's above normal.
    Feb 18 2017 10:28 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    Hahahaha that's what always happens to my plans. Today I shall throw! Clean the studio instead. Today I shall clean! Spend hours throwing. At this point when I decide what I want to do I should just laugh hysterically and go sleep under the studio table for a couple hours. ;)
    Feb 19 2017 02:11 PM
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    Denice
    I fired a glaze firing Saturday it was 70 here. I'll be ready for another glaze firing by next weekend.
    Feb 20 2017 01:57 PM
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glazenerd

I think it is weird science day. I have had these ideas for oddity glazes rolling around in my head for a month now. Good day to test them.
Jan 22 2017 09:49 AM
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    glazenerd
    Babs; could you PM these links to me please. Keep getting error messages.
    Jan 22 2017 08:09 PM
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    Babs
    google david Snair crystalline glazes, I saw some of hiw work in an old Cermaic arts monthly mag, just a couple of beautiful pots.
    Jan 22 2017 09:25 PM
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    glazenerd
    Test results in the Slip Recipe thread I started.
    Jan 23 2017 07:27 PM
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glazenerd

I have not updated since last year!
Jan 02 2017 10:23 PM
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    Mark C.
    I heard about bigger crystals in 17-you heard it here 1st
    Jan 04 2017 02:55 AM
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    glazenerd
    Is that a challenge?
    Is 2017; crystal smack-down year?
    Jan 04 2017 07:25 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Do it now. W. Clement Stone quote.
    Jan 05 2017 03:35 PM
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glazenerd

Mt favorite part of Christmas. Only one stirring is me. Got two of my first thrown pieces in the kiln: waiting to see how they turned out. Merry Christmas.
Dec 25 2016 07:23 AM
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    Min
    Merry Christmas to you Nerd and to everyone who celebrates this season. To those who find this time of year difficult I wish you peace and tranquility.
    Dec 25 2016 01:21 PM
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    glazenerd
    Min: sadly that is a true comment.
    Dec 25 2016 02:08 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Sounds good. Hope your christmas is bright and merry.
    Dec 28 2016 08:32 PM
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glazenerd

My brain hurts. Think I fried some synapses.
Dec 07 2016 11:13 PM
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    Joseph F
    I prefer the term fell in a hole. = )
    Dec 10 2016 12:02 AM
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    glazenerd
    Then I need to go ask Alice, I think she will know.
    Dec 10 2016 10:34 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Sing this song while you make pots. "Give me love, give me clay, give me wheel to throw, Give me hope that my kiiiiln won't go coooooold," and repeat.
    Dec 12 2016 11:15 AM
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glazenerd

I am off until Monday for Thanksgiving. Loaded my 16CF with all the thrown items to be bisq'ed. Threw the breaker- no power! Neighbors pole barn runs off my transformer, they shut it off this morning so he could unprade his power. It is raining, so I guess I will post in the forums all day!
Nov 23 2016 10:46 AM
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    Roberta12
    you are handling that disappointment well!

    Nov 24 2016 01:10 AM
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    glazenerd
    If I had control issues, guess I would of kicked the cat.
    Nov 24 2016 09:16 AM
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    High Bridge Pottery
    Nice of them to tell you ;]
    Nov 24 2016 12:10 PM
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glazenerd

After two hours of practice throwing this morning: I need to post in the "Help, I cannot center," and the "Help, I cannot pull walls, and the " Why in the he** did I buy a wheel anyway" threads.
Nov 03 2016 09:51 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Oh, Bill said, "if you are going to throw a lot, use soft clay". That was my primer. Now I'm loving it. Best wishes.
    Nov 03 2016 10:14 PM
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    Benzine
    Yeah, I've been doing this for fifteen years, and I still run into issues. And many times, it isn't me, but the clay. I use a clay that is far too stiff. You'd think I'd learn, but yet...
    Best of luck in your endeavor. You'll ge there.
    Nov 04 2016 08:54 AM
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    glazenerd
    Ty Mark- Benz.
    Nov 04 2016 09:15 PM
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glazenerd

After owning my first wheel for two weeks: I have gone through nearly 100lbs of clay centering and pulling simple forms. I actually pulled a ten pound cylinder today: my first attempt with that much clay. I have also been using my own custom porcleain and stoneware bodies: which I like alot better. (bias intended)
Oct 25 2016 01:05 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    Yes, you will get there! :) Gotta start somewhere. With me it was very small cylinders that I started with, I didn't make decent bowls till about six months ago.

    Oct 25 2016 07:25 PM
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    vinks
    Sure you will get there..Keep making mistakes,you'll learn more...i use to do more often..Practice Practice and Patience will count !!

    Oct 26 2016 07:20 AM
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    Joseph F
    awesome.
    Oct 26 2016 08:22 AM
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glazenerd

Found a small Olympic gas kiln that I can use for crystalline reduction. Now I have something to test stoneware clay bodies in as well; the missing link.
Oct 09 2016 12:08 PM
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    Denice
    Hope you get some good results.
    Oct 10 2016 12:43 PM
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    glazenerd
    I am going to the Hawthorne mill later this week. Trying to arrange meetings with Gold Art and Red Art plants. Many products available that are not sold to us.
    Oct 10 2016 03:11 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    Nice!
    Oct 11 2016 12:52 AM
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glazenerd

Looks like I have a causalty of war in the studio. Went out early to shut down the two test kilns: one was frozen in "8888" LED status. Lightning came through at 4am/: think it is fried.
Sep 10 2016 07:57 AM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    The invasion has begun. Better put on the aluminum cones. LOL I hope you were able to get your kiln going again. Story weather is beautiful; if you don';t have to fire. ;)
    Sep 14 2016 10:45 AM
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    JohnnyK
    Can the controller be repaired? If these storms are persistent you may have to install a lightning rod ;-(
    Sep 16 2016 09:53 AM
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    glazenerd
    I turn off the main panel breaker, and individual breakers when I know they are coming through. This one got be my however...
    Sep 17 2016 09:14 AM
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glazenerd

I spend my mornings drinking coffee and going through the gallery postings. I encourage all members to check out recent postings. The recent work posted by Pugaboo, Giselle, Joseph, 1515Art, and others is really impressive.
Aug 27 2016 06:45 AM
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    Roberta12
    I agree. I spent a little time on there yesterday!!! Outstanding work, friends.
    Aug 27 2016 11:08 AM
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    Joseph F
    I love checking the gallery. Check it almost every day.
    Aug 28 2016 07:52 AM
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    1515art
    glazenerd, thank you... I agree and think many inspirational mornings and wonderful cups of coffee start right here.
    Aug 29 2016 02:33 PM