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In Topic: Stacking Ceramic Pieces For Totem Pole

26 August 2014 - 09:28 AM

Mug is right about avoiding liquid nails, especially on slick surfaces.  As a trim carpenter, I used it to attach heavy decorative moldings on the front of fine cabinetry and was surprised and embarrassed when it "let go" three years later. 

In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

26 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

Thanks all.


That's a great idea, NanetteV - keeping the quantity manageable and having a tube filled with clay that I can place on my cement porch and wedge with my feet as it dries. (Now if I can just keep the dog from peeing on it to mark it as his!) 


Marcia, I love the idea of the plexiglass. Like High bridge Pottery, I'm thinking of incorporating plaster into the stackable wire boxes.  If I place plexiglass into the bottom of the wire box, how do I keep the plaster from sticking to the sides of the wood box frame so that I can remove the plaster and flip it over to the smooth side? 


Chris, I never thought of hardiboard or hardibacker.  I thought of that product as water resistant since it is used as a tile underlayment but since it is 90% cement, maybe I've got it wrong. And Neil did mention using a cement floor, which I no longer have, thanks to laying tile over my studio's uneven cement floor, but maybe I should give a dehumidifier another shot.  I bought a large 50-pint one last year, and found myself dumping water at least twice a day.  But the reason I returned it to the store was that it produced so much heat and noise that I just couldn't stand having it in my small studio.


Do I remember from previous posts that I need a special plaster to make a strong surface or can i use the plaster powder that comes in a tub from hobby stores? Recommended minimum thickness?

In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

25 August 2014 - 10:21 AM

Marcia, I don't have thick slabs of plaster (or a place for them) but maybe I need to explore that further.  I've seen/read here and elsewhere about making plaster slabs.  My impression of them is that they are exceedingly heavy, permanent, wood-frame enclosed structures.  Is that accurate?  Or is there such a thing as a thinner "portable" plaster slab? 


Thanks for the video CindyD.  I've always wondered how clay was made, and although I use such small quantities that I won't be buying big bags of stuff to make my own clay, it's nice to know how to do it. Using his screen method, if your friend can dry a 4" deep trough of slurry in four weeks, I should be able to dry 1/2" bed of thicker slurry in a week, surely.  My husband, who digs his own clay and makes very small batches, has some wood frames with screen bottoms that I'll try.  It didn't seem that his clay slurry was getting dry any faster than my slurry poured out on sheetrock, but maybe I need to give it another go.


Pres, if it didn't rain here almost daily, I'd sure try the pillowcase idea, and


BigLou, what in the world is a Rootmaker pot?   

In Topic: Advice On Purchasing An Extruder

25 August 2014 - 01:54 AM

I don't know how I've missed the forum FAQ and Help Topics all this time, but thanks Mark and Pres for directing me to it.  A wealth of information about sooooo many things awaits me!!!!


In Topic: Protecting Kiln Shelves From Runny Glazes

25 August 2014 - 01:47 AM

Thanks, Mark, for explaining the logic of grooving the backs of the tiles.  With high humidity, anything that encourages drying is helpful. 


Mark & Big Lou, do you score the tiles even if you're going to place them between sheet rock? Do you weight it with 25 lb bags of clay or will something less heavy do?  I have gallon bags of sand that I use for weighting some things....


Pugaboo, that's a good idea about the curved dish.....