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Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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Adding Vent To Older Kiln...

26 February 2015 - 09:07 AM

I have had a Skutt 1027 for a few years.  I want to add an Envirovent.  Do I need to plan on taking the kiln apart to put the holes in the bottom?  Any advice before I do this? Thanks

How To Make Big Handles

25 February 2015 - 08:01 AM

Do any of you have experience with making tall strap handles for baskets? I know I can hand them over cardboard tubing to firm up some, but how do I stabilize them while attaching and support them for drying without having them pop off from shrinkage tension.
Of course, I made several of the basket bodies yesterday before remembering I was not sure how to proceed with handles. :-)

Need Info On Using Old Plaster

25 January 2015 - 10:32 AM

Is there a way to mix a small amount of plaster to see if it is still good to use for molds ? I have a bag that has been wrapped in plastic, unopened, for 2 years. All I know about plaster involves a complex formula to make a large amount. Seems like someone on this board said something to the effect of.." I'm always mixing up a bit in a cup to make a small sprig or something."
Was that Benzine?

I would appreciate advice on how to tell if the old, but unused bag is still good, it has been kept in heavy plastic bags since it was purchased, and also, HOW TO MIX a small amount to use a little bit now and then, not a big day's project.

Request For John Baymore's Throwing Exercises.

20 January 2015 - 06:25 PM

Is it too late in the game to get a copy of those?  I think that would be a great way to start the year.


Should This Glaze Fire Out Glossy?

20 January 2015 - 11:22 AM

I have been using this glaze for a while now, and rarely it is the satin matte that the recipe describes, but most firings it comes out really glossy.it is well behaved in the bucket and dependable, no running, fires out smoothly, a nice glaze, but not what I want.
The cones are the same every firing and the clay is, also. The Si-Al rating is 4.6-1. any suggestions, the satin is great, the glossy not what I want.

Neph sy 47
dolomite 10
ball clay 10
gerstly borate 23
tin oxide 5
zircopax 5