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Brian Stein

Member Since 19 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Nov 05 2014 09:42 PM

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In Topic: What Are You Working On?

23 July 2014 - 05:19 PM

My giant ring holders worked great for holding up my flutes during glaze firing. Setting my sites on throwing some vessels for Raku. Are there classic or traditional shapes for Raku? I've been using Potter's choice copper, are there better glazes?




In Topic: Template Material ?

16 June 2014 - 07:53 PM

I use Illustrator to do my designs then print them out, laminate them in clear packing tape strips, then cut them with an x-acto knife or scissors. The patterns stick just enough to the clay and are flexible but do not get wet. If I need to replace, I just print another out. Drawing in Illustrator allows me to to scale, match pieces of slab to each other, take measurements while throwing, compensate for shrinkage etc. I highly recommend for some applications.



In Topic: Trimming Issues

30 April 2014 - 06:31 PM

I made a chuck for my griffin grip out of plumbing parts, PVC pipe, flange, rubber seal and foam seat ring. It works really well for my chalice stems, and would do the same for bottles. And not griffins are not evil, and every tool has a place, as the griffin does for me.


Hey Pres, could I bug you for a photo of that PVC chuck for griffin grip?

In Topic: Glazing Flutes

11 April 2014 - 07:13 AM

I was able to trim the giant ring holder after it set up a bit and remove the wedge at the bottom. I set a dry green flute on it before I took it off the wheel and it stood up perfectly with the end of the flute resting on the bottom plate part. I will still bisque them lying flat on the shelf but hopefully the bending will be reduced at ^6 with it standing on end. Now I need to throw a bunch of them.



In Topic: Glazing Flutes

10 April 2014 - 08:30 PM

I appreciate all of the comments and suggestions, thank you. My flutes use a slow air chamber which I believe is known as Fipple. The design is popularly known as Native American Flute even though I believe they are a fairly modern European design also used in pipe organs.


flutopedia is an awesome resource on flutes, here is one of their entries on fipple: http://flutopedia.com/fipple.htm


I will not be glazing where the fetish (the piece that directs the air to the cutting edge) or the inside of the body of the flute. I will be brushing glaze on carefully keeping it out of the inside of the holes. They bisque fine fine laying on their side but I've never fired one to cone 6. They do survive a pit fire with minimum curving.

I just threw a giant ring holder a few minutes ago, maybe that will work. Need to make a bunch of them if it does. I found that form kind of hard to throw it is so small for my large hands. Do you think it would be better hollow? Eventually I would like to try an Raku these things so I need to be able to get some tongs on them while they are in the kiln without knocking over the others.