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I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

30 November 2016 - 09:16 PM

My new Bailey MSV25T mixer pugmill arrived, has had its electrical needs met and I tested it for the first time this afternoon....

OMP! (Oh My Pug!) I am never never never wedging clay again! No more back pain no more wrist pain no more pain in the rump wedging!

I am attaching a photo, please excuse the mess I had to move stuff all over the place to get it to fit, then had a festival, orders, etc so haven't mopped this week. I still need to add a shelf or 2 underneath and get the studio reset up in it new configuration as well.

Once the studio is back in shape I'll take pictures of the whole place so you all can see and post them in my gallery.


Pugmill, Looking To Purchase

11 November 2016 - 10:03 AM

Yes I know this has all been covered here before and I have read as many old posts as I could.

Thought process on which pugmill to get:
1) single potter studio, so something smaller would be fine
2) physical issues with reclaiming and wedging by hand, pugmill will solve this
3) I currently use Little Loafers clay, if I ever change clays it would be to a porcelain, dark clays do not interested me at all, so think I need a stainless steel model
4) have a set maximum amount I can afford so price is critical
5) live in a small town, have limited travel options of any distance (Atlanta is about 4 hours away one way and not doable), transporting a heavy piece of equipment by myself not really an option, so Craigslist is difficult

The 2 Pugmills currently my list:
Bailey A-400 De-Airing Pugmill
Peter Pugger VPM-7SS

The Bailey A-400 De-Airing Pugmill $3215 with free shipping, and a coupon for $60 off.
When I called to order I was told it's not available for 3 months and I really need to purchase it this calendar year for tax reasons, so waiting will cause problems.

The Peter Pugger VPM-7SS 4098.88 including shipping, and a coupons for $10 off.
This one is is $600 more than the maximum amount I have. Does anyone know a website selling this model for $3500?

Soooo things I a wondering.... is a stainless steel version really important? If I get a non stainless steel model am I going to regret it everyday because it's going to ruin my clay or cost me more to repair? Is the drum easily replaceable if it gets pitted? I'm 50 and can easily see working in clay another 25 years.

If I don't get a stainless steel version it opens up my options some:
Peter Pugger VPM-7
Shimpo PM-071V
Bluebird 440 with the optional vacuum attachment
Axner New Wave De-Airing Pugmill

Input anyone? Options I am not considering, taking my needs into account?

Thanks for reading yet another pugmill post and I appreciate your insights.


My Newest Jewelry Pieces

06 September 2016 - 07:47 PM

Hi all! Just wanted to share my newest design line of jewelry. I'm really excited about this addition to me repetroi. I also posted a couple photos in my gallery and will try to add more as I can. These are high end pieces using silver plated wire, semi precious stones, and crystals as well as glass and metal beads.

That said the most important part are the focal beads! I made them myself (of course!). I had to learn a whole new technique for getting the holes into these beads as they run differently than my usual beads and pendants. The largest are a little over an inch wide and the hole runs from side to side rather than front to back. That is a long hole to get clear of glaze let me tell you! There are 3 different sized leaf beads that I made in this piece the smallest only about 1/2 of an inch and the largest dangle bead on the necklace over an inch.

I hope you like them and hope a little hope for me since I used them in our art centers yearly competition.


Silkscreen Test Plates

24 August 2016 - 09:29 PM

I thought I would share my first silkscreen test plates with everyone. I think I've mentioned before that I've been working on teaching myself to silkscreen on pottery. They are not quite perfect but only need a few small tweaks to get them to the image I see in my head.

Using A Plastic Bin And Plaster To Reclaim Clay.... Anyone Do It?

13 August 2016 - 08:47 AM

I found this post on CAD here and I already use plastic bins and plaster as damp boxes but am wondering if and how well they work for reclaiming clay? Anyone doing reclaim this way? If so any pointers? Such as how wet the clay can be, how long it takes to do, etc.


Oh and I want to try this since the last time I tried using my concrete porch floor I ended up cleaning little sticky Pugs up for hours. Who by the way thought reclaiming clay on cement was a most excellent project. I have done the pillow case method but don't really have a strong tree branch or clothes line I can use easily.

Thanks for your help!