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Member Since 26 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 13 2015 09:16 PM

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In Topic: Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds

02 September 2015 - 02:56 PM

This time of year has me studying 'other people's gardens' to see who has the nicest leaves.  People look at me as if I am demented when I say I' covet their sunflower leaves and could I please just have several leaves?...I really am not interested in the seed heads'.  Today I made a leaf run and now am out to the garage to roll clay and make the impressions.  Careful work to see how many slabs I can get before the leaves rip.  Leaf bowls add a certain class to a serving table too.

In Topic: Cracked Skin And Broken Fingernails

02 September 2015 - 02:48 PM

I also used to have terribly cracked fingers.  At the greenhouse I worked in they had a lotion for gardeners that I tried and it worked!  Like Doc's it goes on oily but in minutes is totally absorbed...and no longer any cracked fingertips or dry hands. The product which I purchase online from www.CamilleBeckman.com is   'Restore' hand therapy and it works so well I have not used anything else.  Once a day, a squirt about 1.5" , work it in, and my hands stay nice.  There used to have another product called 'Shield' for  use before your clay/gardening work but that is discontinued.   It is more expensive than Curel but for me it works.

In Topic: Olympic Torchbearer Gas Kiln

09 August 2015 - 11:52 AM

I have an Olympic 2831 that I fire on LP to cone 10.  I have struggled with it for years but am finally getting to where my blood pressure stays even while only the kiln temp rises.  This kiln has given me fits for years but within the last year I have finally discovered that my major problem was not giving it enough gas.  I could get it to temp but, as stated the temps vary from top to bottom..  Also body reduction is very hard to get throughout the kiln - bottom shelf almost never.  Now that I have the temperature rising at a good rate my firings are taking about 6 hours to cone 10, top to bottom cones are within one cone, am getting good glaze melt but I am not getting  reduction.  So now I will work fine-tuning so I can get my reductions.  I really cannot say that I would recommend this kiln to someone looking for a kiln - and sad to say the Olympic kiln company has not offered much help other than " keep trying, you're getting there...".  Thank goodness for this forum and Continental Clay.  Being mostly a hobby potter I don't see the wisdom in my buying a new kiln.

In Topic: Kiln Not Reaching Temp Via Witness Cones

09 August 2015 - 11:32 AM

Another thing to check is your electric service - our local art center moved and our trusted kiln was not not firing correctly in the new location. We adjusted the offsets with little improvement. When new elements were suggested, we double checked the elements and electric service in order to have the proper elements.  It happened that the kiln room was wired to 208  while the former building and kiln had been wired to 240.  Correct elements for 208v and problem solved.

In Topic: Glaze Test Results

09 August 2015 - 11:14 AM

Those glaze results are very impressive!  Regarding the editing - am I right in assuming that you edited your first post so that the colorant amounts of 4,2,and 4 now listed are the correct amounts, while the 9, 4, and 9 amounts showing in a later quoted entry are incorrect?  Also at what cone are you firing, and in oxidation or reduction?  Thanks for the post and pix!