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Member Since 08 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 26 2017 04:54 PM

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In Topic: Mason Color Vs Us Pigment?

26 April 2017 - 01:15 PM

I cannot answer in terms of the difference in the two companies since I have only used Mason ... but I do know another colored clay artist who uses US Pigments for specific colors that Mason does not have and he seems happy with the results.

As to pricing ... it is weird. Two different clay suppliers will have the same Mason stain for sale at wildly different pricing.
I have NO idea why, so it always pays to shop around.

As to why I have stayed with Mason ... have never yet had any problem caused by them.

I have however suffered self inflicted problems over the years and have called them for help and have been totally impressed.
This is a company that sells color by the ton ... yet their lab people treated my five pound issue with total respect and helpfulness.
Got a customer for life that way.

Completely understand - I've never really had any issues either so it's why we've always used their product.  Talked with Mason's techs about a problem we did have once and like said they were very helpful and respectful for our "little problem".


They're the same products. US Pigment sells Mason. So buy the cheaper one.

Great to know!  Figured this day and age there wouldn't likely be many manufacturers globally for this type of product, it all likely comes from the same place. Going to give them a shot and order a bunch of different stains.

In Topic: Best Literature To Learn How To Stack A Gas Kiln?

25 April 2017 - 04:49 PM

^This.  Even when there is "no bagwall" (example: Bailey downdraft) there is usually some sort of "target brick" in place to help direct flame

In Topic: Heat Gun Options

24 April 2017 - 06:03 PM

I recently purchased the "better" Harbor Freight heat gun and I like it.  I needed a new heat gun for studio and I decided on this model solely because it comes with a screw-on base that allows you to use it hands-free.


In Topic: Cress E23 Not Shutting Off

19 April 2017 - 01:22 PM

Bad relays stuck in closed position.


You got lucky you were there to observe and stop before any other issues could happen.  A friend told me a horror story of a kiln that never shut off -- he fired a load in his outdoor carport kiln area and then had to leave home for a long time and trusted his equipment to do its thing like it "should".  Came home at night when the kiln should have been off hours before, but saw glowing coming from underneath.....kiln sitter got stuck and the timer also failed somehow allowing the kiln to keep firing - melted all his glaze off the pots enough to eat through the floor of the kiln, hence seeing glowing from underneath!

In Topic: Brent Cxc Troubleshooting

19 April 2017 - 01:14 PM

$100 for what "guts" parts on the Brent wheel pedal?  there are several parts inside the foot pedal, the entire assembly is around $150.  I've personally only seen one item actually fail inside a Brent foot pedal, the plastic lever arm, and for that part it was only like $6.  Even if it was the speed controller, the most expensive part on the assembly, it's only around $65.