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Benzine

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Using Slip Soaked Yarn

23 March 2017 - 08:56 AM

Greetings all.

 

I've had a student interested in trying this technique, ever since I showed him examples of the process a year or two ago.

 

I first came across the process on this site.

 

I experimented a little, but my results have not been great.  I am using cotton yarn, as directed.  I've experimented with the yarn knitted and unaltered.  

I've done multiple dips into the slip, with wringing and drying in between.

The resulting pieces are always extremely fragile.  Not just fragile because of how thin they are, but because there is a lot of gaps from where the yarn burnt out.

 

Suggestions?

 

Do I need more layers of slip?

 

Is it supposed to be a deflocculated slip?

 

The author of the article on this site, is using porcelain.  We will not be.  It will be a low fire white clay.  So it wouldn't be nearly as vitrified.  Is this the issue?

 

Any help would be appreciated.


Does Anyone Use Continental Clay As A Supplier?

19 February 2017 - 10:55 AM

Greetings All,

 

As I slowly get my home studio up and running, I'm starting to decide on a clay body.  

 

I use Continental for my classroom, and am happy with them as a supplier.  In my classroom, I use a low fire clay.  It works well with our classroom glazes, and is in my opinion, perfect for my classroom.  

 

However, I'm looking to make functional wares, in my home studio.  So I am looking for a Cone 6 body.  Despite my preference of the company, there clay descriptions are not great.  Most, if not all, of their clay bodies are listed with a WIDE range of firing temps.  The mid-fire clays are listed from Cone 6-8 or even 6-10.  Even the low-fire clay I get for my classroom is listed from Cone 05 up to Cone 1 or so.

 

Is there anyone here, who uses Continental for a mid-fire supplier?  If so, can you recommend a good Cone 6 clay body from them?

 

 


Wheel Speed When Trimming

21 December 2016 - 09:55 AM

After doing some trimming the other day, and looking at the scattered clay scrap carnage that it creates, I thought I'd create a poll to see how fast everyone keeps their wheel, while trimming.


Extruder Dies

30 November 2016 - 09:40 AM

I'm preparing to make a couple dies out of the blanks, that came with my new extruder.

 

In the past, I have used a die that made four half inch coils at a time.  This was very handy, and will be a big improvement to my two hand held extruders. 

Would there be any benefit to adding a fifth opening?  So it would be four half inch holes towards the "Corners" (It's a circular die), and one in the middle.

Would this be pointless, would it weaken the die too much, etc?

 

Also, I'm trying to think of what to do with the other die.  I could make it a handle extruder, though I do like to teach the students to pull their handles.  Not sure what other shapes I would regularly need.

 

Thoughts?


Mounting Extruder To Block Wall

25 October 2016 - 08:57 AM

Greetings,

 

I'm pretty excited, as I finally got a brand new Scott Creek, aluminum extruder for my classroom.  I had one at a previous district, but the past several years here, I've made due with the handheld variety.

 

Anyway, I need to get the extruder mounted to the wall.  The instructions suggest mounting it to a wall stud.  The only studded walls in my classroom are metal studs.  Those are not ideals for mounting anything.

 

But I do have a concrete block wall to use.  What kind of anchor is recommended, that will stand up to the repeated force of using the extruder?

 

Anyone have any experience with this?

 

Thanks.