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Offline Last Active Sep 21 2016 04:49 PM

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In Topic: What Type Addhessive To Use For Cork And Ceramic Stoppers?

21 September 2016 - 04:48 PM

Can't help on source for stoppers.  I would personally try to use a synthetic cork for this, so there's less risk of the cork snapping in half, or at least reduce the length to help prevent it.

For adhesive, I don't see it coming in contact with the contents, so anything could likely work.  Most likely I would try any of the following: E-6000, 100% silicone caulk, 2-part epoxy.

In Topic: Studio Safety

21 September 2016 - 04:43 PM

Silica dust is carcinogenic, try to avoid breathing any clay or glaze materials particulates whenever possible.


Some things that come to mind for general studio safety:

- Cheap disposable or reusable chemical gloves for glaze handling and misc hand-protection needs.

- Chem goggles/eye protection for cleaning out glaze containers or flying debris from chipping/grinding fired glaze.

- CMC gum in glazes to keep glaze from powdering off when transferring glazed work to kiln.

- Particulate-rated NIOSH respirator for general studio use.  I like 3M N95 8210 particulate respirator.  Use 8011s if you have a small face.  You can get higher filtering, but they are hard to breath through IMO.

- Leather gloves for handling hot wares from kiln, sharp edges of wares stuck to kiln shelves, etc.

- Try NOT to dry sweep, use wet-cleanup methods whenever practical.  Sponge it down, mop it.

- If dry sweeping use a respirator, provide ventilation, use floor sweeping compound if you have it.

- Obtain MSDS info on any chemicals you have in your studio and ACTUALLY READ IT so you know how to handle, transport or dispose of your material, etc.

- Clean up studio daily.


In regards to your mold issue, I dunno what to do there.  Sounds like your studio is too well sealed.  You may consider some sort of ventilation for the room.  Also, I don't know how you store your wet clay or wet in-progress work, but try to isolate it with plastic or store it somehow so the moisture doesn't raise the whole room's humidity.

In Topic: Grinding Excess Glaze Drips

21 September 2016 - 04:31 PM

GOOD: chisel, silicon carbide rub brick, white stilt stone, etc.

BETTER: bench grinder, angle grinder, dremel, cutoff wheel, diamond blade, etc.

BEST: diamond bits -- look at what CI Products offers - they have fancy grinding discs for putting on bats for use on potters wheel, small bits for rotary tools, hand sanding/honing pads, diamond grinder accessories, etc.

In Topic: Any Good Extruding Tutorials?

21 September 2016 - 04:26 PM

I'd say just start using it and learn from any mistakes you make.  Clay consistency is HUGE factor when extruding clay.  Good luck!

In Topic: What Should I Be Using To Create A Flame Proof Figure To Place Inside A Candle?

25 July 2016 - 06:21 PM

Pretty cool idea, my son would love this!  


Wondering if there would be potential problems with the surrounding wax shedding off should there be too much heat transfer?