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Clay Bin Dolly

22 June 2015 - 04:53 PM

In my classroom, I use a large Rubbermaid "Brute" container, to hold our reclaimed clay.  I bought a dolly with it, made by Rubbermaid, that is made to fit those types of containers.  I bought both from my ceramic supplier, several years ago, and they held up the first couple years.  Last year however, the dolly gave out.  I discovered this, when I went into my classroom, and the clay bin was laying on its side.  I had taken all the clay out of the bin, a couple weeks before, and rewedged it all to mix it.  I threw it back in the bin.  I weighed it out as I went, to figure out how much clay the bin holds.  I totaled conservatively 500lbs., and the bin wasn't even full.  Turns out, the dolly is only rated for 350lbs....  I assumed, that a bin and dolly sold from a ceramic supplier, would be able to take the weight of the max amount of clay, the bin could hold.  Obviously, I shouldn't make such assumptions.


Anyway, last year, the bin sat on the floor, stationary.  All year, I was planning on building a dolly myself, out of some heavy duty casters, and lumber.  I never got around to it, last year.  So I was going to have it be a Summer project.  However, in my search for some casters, I found a dolly online.  It's made from a rubber coated fiberboard.  It says it can hold 800 lbs.  I don't doubt that it can, but as it seems to be made for moving large items, I question whether it can continually carry the weight?  I realize there is a difference, between holding something for a short while, and holding something indefinitely.


What does everyone think?  Will it be able to hold, around 500 lbs, on a fairly consistent basis?

Brent Wheel Chirpping

27 February 2015 - 04:04 PM

I've been meaning to ask this question for a while, and now a dedicated place to do so!

Lately, my Brent ie wheel, makes a chirping sound, after it's been running a while. Any ideas, as to the cause, and how to address it?

Also FIRST!!!!!

Great Video On Decorating

02 February 2015 - 10:59 PM

Someone posted a video, of the first potter, before.  But this link contains several more, all displaying amazing skill:


Dying Clear Glaze

21 December 2014 - 12:28 PM

Is it possible to add food coloring, or something of the like, to clear glaze, to make its application more apparent?


For years, I used Amaco's transparent clear glaze.  It was Pepto Bismol pink.  It made applying easy, because you could tell, where you had already covered.  

Last year I ordered more of the same glaze, but it's no longer pink.  It dries kind of an off-white.  It works just as well as the other, but it is hard to tell, where you've applied it, especially if you are going over a white underglaze.  I discovered this recently, when I was doing just that.  I pulled a piece out of the kiln, and saw a bunch of dull spots, that I missed.  Because of that, I missed the mailing deadline, for a gift I was sending, because I had to reapply and refire.  Not a huge deal, but I don't want to have the issue again.


So can I add any color of dye to the clear, and be OK.  Won't it just burn out, like it does out of my colored wax resist and such?



Making Small Handles

07 December 2014 - 10:24 PM

I'm making a child's tea set (tea pot, four cups, four plates), for my daughter's Christmas present.  It's presented some fun challenges, like working with smaller amount of clay, than I am used to, and using altered techniques.  For instance, the teapot spout I made was so small, I had to use the handle of a paint brush, to pull from the inside.  My studio often feels like Santa's workshop, especially this time of year, but sadly, there are no elves to help with these tiny pieces.


The tea cups will be small, 2.5" X 2.5" or so.  My normal pulled handles will be too big.  Any good ideas, of how to make them?  I'm thinking of using a mini extruder to make a coil.  Any other suggestions?  The tea pot is a bit bigger, like the size of a standard mug, so I can probably just pull that one.