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Fast Drying Tiles

14 October 2014 - 03:58 PM

I will have a hundred or so tiles drying sandwiched between drywall made in several smaller batches spanning Mon AM (yesterday)-Wed PM (tomorrow night) I need to bisque them Friday and glaze Saturday. I have always left for a few days in drywall and then air dry for a few more to bone dry.


Any suggestions on drying them quickly without causing them to warp and/or crack? I was thinking sliding them to new drywall on Thursday and then Friday AM candling for several hours in the bisque firing.


I would appreciate any input. The tiles are 4x4x3/8.       



Flatware Parts

10 October 2014 - 04:11 PM

Can anyone direct me to where I can buy flatware parts. I need spoons, knifes and forks to add porcelain handles to.

Banding Wheels

23 September 2014 - 01:19 PM

We need another banding wheel because the studio is now split. We have a 12" Shimpo banding wheel that is very nice and also about double the price of a  Darice stainless steel sculpture turntable as well as some other cheaper ones. Does anyone have experience with the Darice?  


Amaco? Ceramic Supply? CSI?


Any other banding wheel input is appreciated.

Air Release Mold Dies

29 July 2014 - 04:04 PM

I could really use some input. We have an air release mold system that I am adding a few dies too. The instructions are pretty straight forward but I am having a hard time with a couple of decisions on sourcing two of the materials.


1) The rubber for the models.


We are making the models in clay and then making master molds from them to be able to cast a new set of masters in rubber so that we can use these new masters over the years to remake the working dies.


The instructions I have to do this just call for a rubber urethane. There are tons of choices but I can find none that are specifically for mold masters. I was thinking of using Sharkthane Flex Pro 70-20  (2qt A/B 1-1 mix $35) that In spite of its name, sets hard. There are dozens of options and price ranges. I was hoping someone might have input on a good rubber for this purpose. Most seem to be flexible which for the mold itself would be great but for a master model I thought it should set hard. Is this a reasonable assumption?


2) The plaster for the working air release dies.


The instructions call for Ceramical but when I went to buy it my local supplier assured me that Hydrocal was fine since he didn't have Ceramical. Since this happened last summer (I know, I know) I need to toss the Hydrocal I bought then and buy fresh so I was researching the issue to make sure. I did find this link:




and they are clearly not the same but I was hoping someone could chime in if they have used such a substitution. My local supplier has a bag of Hydrocal for $25 but the only source I can find Ceramical is on the other coast and it is going to cost $60 to ship me a $30 bag of the stuff. i'll spend the hundred if I need to but obviously would like to have a local $25 source. 






How Long Should A New Batch Of Glaze Sit Before Sieve And Use

13 December 2013 - 02:09 PM

When I started mixing glazes I always made it a habit to mix the water in then let it sit overnight before re-mixing and then filtering before using.


Its been a number of years now and I'm not sure where I got this piece of advice but it is getting in the way sometimes. How long do you let a glaze sit before filtering it and using?