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#1 nepheline

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:22 PM

Does anyone have an idea how to avoid clays that have to sit for a long time in buckets. I have of course covered the buckets. i have tried lavender. But some clays really develop an awful smell i no time at all.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:41 AM

Add some hydrogen peroxide to your buckets.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 05:12 PM

I have used a few drops of bleach.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 01:59 AM

I have used a few drops of bleach.


Thank you Marcia. I have tried bleach. It works a couple of days but then the smell takes over. The idea is to let the clays sit as long as the buckets are not full. When they are full, I spend half a day dealing with all the clays that need to be recycled. Otherwise I spend too much time and use too much space dealing with small amounts of used clays. The problem is particularly strong with porcelain and very fine stoneware (without grog.)

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:02 AM

Add some hydrogen peroxide to your buckets.




Thank you Andy. I know nothing about hydrogen peroxide. Can you tell me an approximate percentage ? Does it alter in any way the quality of the clay ? Does it require wearing gloves ?



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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:09 AM


Add some hydrogen peroxide to your buckets.




Thank you Andy. I know nothing about hydrogen peroxide. Can you tell me an approximate percentage ? Does it alter in any way the quality of the clay ? Does it require wearing gloves ?



Hydrogen Peroxide doesn't affect my clay nepheline. I go more by feel then percentage when I add it. Start at 2 tablespoons in your bucket. BTW you didn't mention the size of your buckets These are 5 gallon ones?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:33 PM

On my side of the world, gallons are liters... but yes my buckets are - if I count right - approximately 5 gallons.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:40 PM

On my side of the world, gallons are liters... but yes my buckets are - if I count right - approximately 5 gallons.



Ok, There shouldn't be a problem then with 2 tablespoons. Keep in mind like the bleach you'll need to add more from time to time.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:55 AM


On my side of the world, gallons are liters... but yes my buckets are - if I count right - approximately 5 gallons.



Ok, There shouldn't be a problem then with 2 tablespoons. Keep in mind like the bleach you'll need to add more from time to time.


Thanks. Will try!




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