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#1 hershey8

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

I have some left over granite counter top, smooth on top rough on bottom. The rough part looks like it would be ideal for wedging. Anyone tried this? I could probably just hose the thing off to clean it. ALSO, I have some extra kiln wire that looks like it would make a dandy diagonal cut wire. I have twisted it tightly about 12 times and created a loop on each end. My understanding is that element wire and stainless steel are one-in-the-same, or at least, kissin' cousins. So, even though it's not stranded cable, I expect it will work ok in a fixed application.

 

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:01 PM

Why do you think the rough side would be better than the smooth?

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:48 PM

FYI: Consider having it tested for radon, particularly if it is pink or red. See http://www.snopes.co...ins/granite.asp.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:53 PM

FYI: Consider having it tested for radon, particularly if it is pink or red. See http://www.snopes.co...ins/granite.asp.

 

Problem us New Hampshire-ites live with.  The ground simply OOZES radon.

 

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:35 PM

Im sure the rough side would work fine, smooth side seems like it would stick to the clay and tear



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:23 AM

If the radon doesn't get me, the cobalt, silica, manganese, electromagnetic fields from electric kiln and potters wheel, too much sunshine, gamma rays and old age will. Isn't clay, decomposed granite?   CLN studios, yeah I think the clay would stick to the smooth side. Thanks.   john



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

Isn't clay, decomposed granite?  

 

Yup.

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:20 PM

Best cutoff wire I've used is multi stranded stainless fishing leader. Look for companies such as American Fishing Wire or similar.

Great stuff.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 02:35 PM

The clay will probably stick to the granite when you wedge, rough or smooth.

 

Guitar strings make great cutoff wires. Put a stiff spring on one end. I've got one that's going on 13 years.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:06 PM

Guitar strings make great cutoff wires. Put a stiff spring on one end. I've got one that's going on 13 years.

 

Fender Super Slinky E.

 

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 03:12 PM

The clay will probably stick to the granite when you wedge, rough or smooth.

 

Guitar strings make great cutoff wires. Put a stiff spring on one end. I've got one that's going on 13 years.

I've got a few high e strings laying around....and a few Grover (clones) tuning keys for tensioning.....hmmmmmm....the wheels are turning now.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 03:21 PM

Been using the guitar string too. Finally have something to do with my old strings. It's like a hot knife through butter. Built a little wooden frame and bolted in eye bolts at each end. Just tighten the nuts a little to adjust tension.


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#13 hershey8

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:54 PM

Hmmmm.....wondering how many potters/ceramists are also guitar pickers.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:45 PM

Hmmmm.....wondering how many potters/ceramists are also guitar pickers.

 

I'm a banjo picker, which is why I use guitar strings for a wedging wire. I need my banjo strings!


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:22 PM

 

 

 

Banjo?!  I would figure that you were more from Southern Illinois!


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Posted 26 July 2014 - 01:18 PM

I always got the used ones from the lead guitarist in the band I was in "back in the day"..... then knew about them from that.

 

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 08:07 PM

Guitar playing, fisher partner, I chose well!! Guitar strings last forever. Used ti twitch fishing line by sticking one end to the centre of wheel and spin away till it twitches back on itself, The expensive braid seems to be hidden from me.. I think I saw some scientists doing this recently to form soem form of muscle which contracts and expands depending on temp. many uses come to mind.



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:54 AM

A method I saw Simon Leach using, connect one side cutoff wire permanently to outside of the splash pan of wheel, it is always there at hand.  Another on extruder.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:21 PM

I also think granite might stick regardless, I'd test prior to building anything.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:05 PM

i tried using a marble wedging table and it did not work! the clay sticks.   as for potters playing guitar- i can play 3 songs.  iron man by ozzy, smoke on the water, and zombie from the cranberries.  someday i would love to play jim croce's time in a bottle on a 12 sting like him but i don't foresee prioritizing that ;)


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