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#117673 Silicone Caulking Cure Time?

Posted by JohnnyK on 02 December 2016 - 10:44 AM

When you talk about bearings, Min, do you mean "lazy susan" types or individual ball bearings? Lazy susan types can probably adhered with "Liquid Nails" for construction. Individual balls can be done with 5 second Lazer Bond. You have to be able to see the Lazer Bond adhesive to cure it properly with the UV light.

Do NOT use Loctite construction adhesive...it does not set up as quickly and strongly as they claim. When you say the application won't be open to the air, how is it being installed? Can you post some pix of the layout?


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#117292 The Price Of Art

Posted by JohnnyK on 27 November 2016 - 11:57 AM

The value of art is in the eye of the purchaser...

Your comment is reminiscent of an email I had gotten regarding a world famous violinist playing a world famous tune on a world famous $2M Stradivarius on a subway platform in NYC and the majority of people in the station ignored him to the horror of some pointy head critics who thought their (the passers-by) reaction was blasphemous when just a few folks put a few dollars in his collection plate.

#116969 Qotw: Do You Need A "symbol"?

Posted by JohnnyK on 23 November 2016 - 10:14 AM

My studio has a porch light and whenever I enter the studio, I turn on the light to let anyone interested know that I am in the studio. (kinda like the "On The Air" signs above recording studio doors...maybe I'll make one that says "In the MUD" :D 


#116474 Centering Kiln On Stand

Posted by JohnnyK on 16 November 2016 - 11:51 AM

1/2"....Seriously, Stephen, I thing you should get out your laser level and centering tool to make sure that sucker is dead on and if you live in earthquake country, you should bolt the stand to the floor and to the bottom of the kiln because we wouldn't want the kiln to walk off the stand in a 7.0 temblor, and the same would apply if you live near the coast in the event of a tsunami, and if you live in tornado country....well...you get the idea....live with the 1/2 inch <_< 

#115644 Feeding Your Gallery-Keep The Bowl Full For Best Results

Posted by JohnnyK on 04 November 2016 - 09:05 AM

Cute cat. I get to live with this guy every day...

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#115642 Best Approach To Obtain Solid Blocks

Posted by JohnnyK on 04 November 2016 - 08:58 AM

What is your planned use for the blocks? Are you looking for the weight or shape?

#115277 Help With A Glazing Process?

Posted by JohnnyK on 28 October 2016 - 09:34 AM

How about bisque firing the carved tile and then glazing with the matte and then firing to maturity?


#113115 A Little Gift

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 September 2016 - 09:39 AM

Good score, Lee!

For those of you who don't have such a generous dentist or live with a hygienist. you can go to Harbor Freight and get a 5 piece set for $3.49. Go to: http://www.harborfre...?q=dental tools.  I've had my set for about 15 years and used them for all kinds of things in my remodeling business. Now they reside in my clay tool box and come out every now and then. :)

#111847 Question About Online Applications

Posted by JohnnyK on 23 August 2016 - 09:31 AM

A 1.5 mb picture taken from a camera will be very close to a 5mb picture. If you have good looking pictures on a full screen nice resolution monitor the difference isn't gonna be anything you notice going from 1.5 to 5... The real differences is when your taking RAW pictures which are like 50-100MB each and need to be processed in something like photoshop before they even look correct. My friend is a photographer and shows me some of his work. He spends a good hour or more on each picture he takes from RAW state to finished jpeg.


Hi Joseph,

Regarding RAW files, the size is limited by the original capacity of the camera you are using to shoot the image. My Sony DSLR shoots 24Megapixel images in the RAW mode. The primary difference between the RAW and JPG images is that the RAW file is lossless and has ALL the information as shot, where a JPG is a compressed file and there are pixels lost with each level of reduction in the size of the image.

The majority of the current DSLRs shoot about that size RAW file. 50-100MP files are reserved for the really high end cameras which most of us can't afford.

A RAW file can be converted to a JPG with a few mouse clicks. What the photographer wants as a final image determines the amount of time they are willing to spend to accomplish that.

I've been a photographer for more than fifty years and when digital came along I jumped in with both feet, stopped shooting film and have never looked back.



#110699 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by JohnnyK on 28 July 2016 - 08:22 AM

When I was going through professional freelance photography school back in 1980, my life was dramatically changed by a class in Positive Thinking. The course was 9 months long and at the beginning of the course we were told that a professional photographer could complete the final portfolio in 2 weeks. The positive thinking class happened early in the course and as a result of what I learned, I decided that I would wait until the final 2 weeks of the course to start assembling my portfolio. It was a make or break situation. If I completed the folio, I'd get my certificate. If I didn't complete the folio...no certificate. The work was hard but rewarding, and on the final due date I submitted my completed portfolio and received my certificate of completion and graduated. I was now a "Professional Freelance Photographer"...NOT!

Here I am 36 years later and I'm still learning different aspects of photography.

My take-away from the positive thinking class was PMA or Positive Mental Attitude and I apply it everything that I do. The main objective is to set a goal...and pursue it. The are no failures, just steps in the learning process.

My foray into ceramics happened at the prompting of an 87 year old ceramist whose bathroom I remodeled. She gave me a kiln and suggested taking a course through a local Learning Exchange, which I did. The instructor said that, over the span of the 6 week course we were expected to produce just four Items, primarily wheel thrown. He was astounded when I had completed 21 pieces. That was around 10 years ago. Since then I've aced Ceramics 1 & 2 at a local community college and have accumulated everything I need to make ceramics a paying hobby, including converting a small studio apartment into a pottery.


As for expectations...you can never shoot too high. With the right attitude, you will accomplish what is necessary to achieve your goal. It's just that some goals take longer than others to reach. Just saying...



#110129 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 July 2016 - 10:19 PM

asking dumb questions



Come on, LT. There are no dumb questions, just answers you don't know yet.


#110071 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by JohnnyK on 13 July 2016 - 09:20 AM

I find that the most interesting thing about mastering something is that when you think you know it all, someone or something comes along to teach you something new. My journey on the road of life has had many twists and turns and each time I think I'm on the straight and narrow another side road appears!

#109977 How Many People Here Subscribe To Magazines Like Ceramics Monthy, Studio Pott...

Posted by JohnnyK on 10 July 2016 - 11:18 PM

I haven't gotten into the site yet. Since I'm a Potter's Council member, I got a year's subscription for ten bucks. It was a lot less than another  glaze book so I thought I'd give it a try. You can check it out for free if you're interested.


#109869 Spraying Mugs.

Posted by JohnnyK on 08 July 2016 - 06:03 PM

What kind of sprayer are you using, Ayjay...and what kind of surface do you have your mugs set on when you spray?

I would imagine that if you are using some sort of turntable. If so, you might want to make a narrow pedestal to get the mug up higher and away from the deck so you have a better angle to shoot the undersides of the handles.



#109769 Correct Camera Lens For Product Photos?

Posted by JohnnyK on 06 July 2016 - 02:05 PM

Hi Rex,

What do you mean by an affordable camera? What is the max price you would be willing to pay?

Are you interested in a point & shoot or DSLR with interchangeable lenses? Most point & shoots have great zoom lenses and actually shooting in the 75-100mm range would be what a "normal" 50mm lens would be on a 35mm camera. (I learned "Old School", hence the comparison). That range would present you with what your object would look like with the least amount of distortion. Most p&s cameras have exposure adjustments but do not compare with a DSLR.

Again, it comes down to how much you want to spend and how much time you want to spend learning to shoot the best pix.

Having trained as a professional photographer a long time ago, I'd be happy to be of further assistance, if you'd like.