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In Topic: Qotw: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall?

Yesterday, 08:23 AM

No mirror here, haven't tried it, maybe I should. Though I would have to push the Pugs out of the way to use it since they like admiring their reflections.


In Topic: Using Stamps And Texture Wheels

27 September 2016 - 07:56 PM

I have taken to making bisque molds of my most common sizes and shapes and slip them inside the formed piece and apply the texture to the outside. The mold makes the form hold its shape and not distort and gives you a rigid surface to press against. You can also use found objects like pool noodles, plastic bowls, pieces of wood etc.


In Topic: The Only Absolutely True Rule For Potters. Pay Attention To This

24 September 2016 - 08:09 PM

John, Here here. I find that the most annoying of all. Get rid of something I haven't used in years then it never fails within days I find I need it. Grrrr Secret is to never throw anything out right? But then I would need a really good inventory system to find it all, and probably wouldn't be able to anyway.


In Topic: Any Good Extruding Tutorials?

23 September 2016 - 01:54 PM

I second the video choices mentioned, I like the Baird one. I also recommend just using your extruder, I knew NOTHING when I got mine. I read a book, watched some videos then started pulling forms. I primarily use mine for hollow forms. I ended up getting the expansion box for mine as well and have progressed to making my own die plates.

It can really speed up your hand building. I use mine to make, juice cups, sponge holders, 3 different size mugs, boxes of all sizes and shapes, wine chillers, canister sets, bowls, cracker trays, butter dishes, handles, foot rings, test tiles, and coils when I build that way. I am always thinking of new ways to use mine. Oh and I have a Scott Creek wall mounted extruder.

One thing I highly recommend is making yourself some damp boxes and when you set up your extruder pull as many forms as you can and load your damp boxes up. Doing this means having a variety of forms ready to finish off very quickly since there is no setting up, pulling, waiting for forms to firm, etc. Damp boxes keep the forms at the perfect leather hard stage for assembly.


In Topic: The Only Absolutely True Rule For Potters. Pay Attention To This

21 September 2016 - 09:07 PM

Min - I agree and am jumping without a net as well, have a rush order for a set of custom inscribed mugs, they need to be in MA. Before the 4th. I have 2 that just need the wording added.... If I screw up it ought to be interesting to see I I can make a few more and fire them 3 times and get them there in time. Why do I do this? I have no idea, caught me in a weak moment or something.

PS. As for lost tools I lose mine all the time while using them, they usually roll or slide under the edge of the banding wheel. Knowing that's where they most likely are doesn't prevent me from crawling around on the floor looking to see if they fell off and rolled under a table. The saying, "if it had been a snake it would have bit me comes to mind!"