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clay lover

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Which Do You Prefer For Joining Process?

Yesterday, 07:29 AM

If you start with heavy slip, what does Sodium silicate do for you other than make it more runny without the addition of more water?  Does that reduce the shrinkage of the slip its self in the join?  That would make sense to me,   less shrinkage=less cracking.


Will it work without the soda ash?  What does the soda ash add to the effect?

In Topic: Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

20 September 2014 - 09:13 PM

For simplicity, I use 1 tsp. colorant oxide to 1 pint of slip, thinned just to where it settles flat after stirring.  It is simple to adjust that if the fired results aren't the intensity you want.  With Mason stains, the shade is the same as the stain.  "Tres Simple"

In Topic: How Many "hand Builders" Here?

20 September 2014 - 08:57 AM

John, you have an excellent point, and I tend to forget that.  I need to look more at the wheel as a construction tool than I do. 

In Topic: Speedball Artista Pottery Wheel - Good Or Not ?

20 September 2014 - 08:41 AM

I have used it for traveling to do demonstrations, but I would NOT buy it for my regular wheel.  Too limiting.  Have you used different wheels?  You really should try some so you can feel the difference more power and better foot pedal gives you, even as a newbie, it matters.


My students took their first wheel class with 4 different regular wheels to try. The all could tell that they wanted the better quality  Brent or Thomas Stuart over the smaller Pacifica and none of them would use the Artista.

In Topic: Slip Trailing..which Tools Are Best?

20 September 2014 - 08:25 AM

Do you defloculate  your trailing slip?