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Diz

Member Since 26 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Aug 26 2014 06:46 PM
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How To Soften (Liquify) Sodium Silicate

06 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

Decided to make some more slip and when I went to use my sodium silicate I found that it has 'set' in my jar, like jelly, but stiffer.  I can poke holes in it but it is not at all 'liquidy'.  Is there a way to breathe life back into it?  Since I do not use it too often might there be a better choice for defloculation that has a longer shelf life?

 

Once again I turn to the Forum Font of Knowledge ....THANKS!

 

Diz


Dvd Vs. Book

18 March 2014 - 06:31 PM

Hi All,

 

I enjoy all the info given in the CAD daily emails and enjoy watching the included video clips but I am 'old-school' and enjoy my books - the feel of the paper in my hands.  As much as I love the info shared in the videos, promoting the DVDs, I cannot bring myself to purchase a DVD (at $40-60) since I would have to use a DVD player each time I needed its info.  I would in a flash purchase many of the books about the same info.  At this point when I see a book to buy, I need to 'check my library' to see if it is a new book to me...and I am not into Kindles either.  Am I a lone dinosaur or are there others out there who feel the same way I do?

 

Diz

 

(Hope this is posted in the proper forum.)


Knitting Bowls

01 October 2013 - 01:25 PM

I am trying to please a couple friends by making them each a 'knitting bowl' which seem to be popular in our area.  However I am repeatedly having 2 problems with my bowls - warping during the slow drying and then sagging of the cut area during the glaze firing.  I do my cutting of the design when not quite leather hard and the cut channels are thin, yet the remaining design seems to warp out a bit. (I have tried supporting the open channel and also drying slowly upside down to keep the top edge stable.)   Then during the firing it sags so that the cut channel has a block in the channel.  My thrown pieces are not overly thick or thin and I fire these to cone 10 in a gas kiln.  Any ideas of what I should or should not do?

 

Perhaps if they were not such experienced knitters I could get away with giving them a less than perfect bowl - but that's not my style.

 

Thanks...again.

 

Diz