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perkolator

Member Since 08 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Jun 23 2016 01:05 PM
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In Topic: Pottery Wheel Foot Pedal Stuck To On

23 June 2016 - 01:03 PM

Glad you got it resolved and it was so simple!  

I've got an old Alpine gear driven wheel at home that was "broken" when I got it -- needed a fuse! My pedal looks much different.  

Those old wheels are torque monsters with that gear drive though!


In Topic: Help Replicating Glaze

22 June 2016 - 07:12 PM

I'd love to know what it is too --- I think I've seen similar glaze all over some ceramic items I saw once at Crate & Barrel.  They had it on big charger plates and I just stood there seduced by the depth and color, while trying to figure out not only how they did it, but how they also priced it so low!


In Topic: Latest Decal Printing Technology?

22 June 2016 - 07:06 PM

I'm looking into getting the Enduring Images decal printer for our studio.  Yes it's expensive at around $8k for schools but there aren't many options for DIY approach to color decal printing.  Faculty want it since we don't really have any "modern tech" equipment in our studio.  I think it will be a good investment since this type of tech will easily pair with the aesthetics of the current 20 year old student population. I suppose I'll have to update if we magically get approved for funds and buy one  B)

 

FYI - Consumables pricing supposedly works out to being around $0.06/sq inch of printed surface at 80:20 color saturation.  Not too bad IMO.


In Topic: How To Get This Glaze Look?

22 June 2016 - 05:02 PM

Some matte glazes will do this on their own, completely dependent on application.  Usually I see these glazes go darker when thin and go opaque when layered thicker - which in this case you're seeing brush strokes. Also look at the thick spots in the recesses of the texture on the left side, opaque.


In Topic: Bentonite - When To Use It

11 May 2016 - 01:30 PM

Kind of depends on the glaze, glazes with lots of clay in them tend to not hardpan.  Bentonite is typically used to aid in glaze suspension. At 1-2% there is enough to help suspension, but not enough to mess with the glaze.

 

I don't always add bentonite, but I DO always add CMC gum solution to my glazes.  It helps with suspension, flow off the brush/brushability, and more importantly it forms a "hard coating" that keeps the glaze from rubbing off in greenware state.