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Venicemud

Member Since 04 Apr 2012
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Paper Clay And Electric Kiln

15 April 2015 - 09:25 AM

I recently bought Lana Wilson's new DVD (as a reward to myself for finishing my income tax return) and noted that she uses paper clay to form pieces from her delightfully decorated slabs.  It would be really fun to attempt some of Lana's techniques but I am restricted to the use of an electric kiln.  Is the burn off of the paper in paper clay going to damage my kiln?  Venicemud


Non Runny Ash Glaze

02 November 2014 - 02:03 PM

My husband of 48 years passed this morning and he is to be cremated.  I would like to make mugs for family and close friends with a glaze including some of his ashes on the exterior.  Any recommendations (with recipe)?  Thanks.


Best Way To Reglaze

26 October 2014 - 04:12 PM

What do you find to be the best way to apply more/another glaze to a piece that has been glazed and fired to maturity?  Some of you are probably going to say don't waste your time, just start over again, but I have three bowls with fairly elaborate designs painted on the exterior, but with disappointing glaze on the interior, that I would dearly love to save.  Do any of you have a favorite way of dealing with this problem?  Thanks in advance,  Joan.


Pottery Wheel Repair

28 April 2014 - 06:28 PM

I need advice.  This afternoon, as I was throwing a piece, a strange noise suddenly emerged from under my wheel, a Pacifica GT800.  I unplugged the wheel, unscrewed the bottom cover/plate? and discovered that the turntable turned due to the efforts of four rubber belts, and one was broken.  I called Laguna and a very nice man assured me that it was no big deal, that I could buy a new belt for about $7 and that I should be able to put it on myself.  Later, I called Laguna again to ask if I could use the wheel with just the three remaining belts temporarily.  A new nice man answered and said yes but when I said that I wanted to order a new belt he told me that I should replace all four.

 

My questions:  Should I replace the broken belt or all four?  Is it reasonable to think that an old (78)

lady could replace all those belts?  I have managed to replace elements, thermocouples and relays on my kiln but my hands are arthriticy and it looks as if belt replacement might require quite a bit of manual strength.  I would appreciate your input  and opinions,  Joan.