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#40918 Slip Transfer Help For Leather Hard Work

Posted by John255 on 16 August 2013 - 12:28 PM

I learned a technique from Ro Mead where you apply the slip to fabric, wait for it to set up just right ... then gently press it onto the surface. The success depends on waiting for the right moment ... Too soon you just get squished messes ... Too late it cracks. We used old cotton bed sheets which tend to wick off excess moisture at an even rate. We drew our patterns on the reverse ... they showed up through the fabric so we could easily apply slip. Just wash and reuse.


I wonder if a similar technique could have been used with glaze on bisque in the Calico Glazed Mystery I posted a few days back?

Good that you kept a stock of clean bed sheets for new work, or for attending KKK meetings.


#40321 DIY Magnetic Trimming Chuck

Posted by John255 on 07 August 2013 - 09:48 AM


Magnet info like this is very attractive.

No matter which magnets you buy you'll be stuck with them.

People who love magnets should stick together.


#37879 Comparison Of Slow & Fast Cooled Iron Reds.

Posted by John255 on 27 June 2013 - 01:41 PM

I have to comment here that the difference in the firings is a lot more than just the cooling rate.

Heatwork. The one hour hold took that firing way over Cone 6 to at least 7 or 8.
Holding at six doesn't mean the firing just sits at Cone 6 .... Firing temps are a combination of time and temp.
Think of holding your perfectly roasted chicken in the oven for an hour longer at 350 ... Different result ... no matter how you cool it.

We really didn't need the basic lecture on heat-work. The essential message of this thread is the quality and quantity of iron, for this batch of Baileys Red, had more visible red effect than soaking and slow cooling with approximately the same heat-work for both firings. This may be exciting news for folks with older kilns who have been told "Slow cooling is an absolute must, or the only way to get iron reds."


#37833 What spray nozzle size do you like

Posted by John255 on 26 June 2013 - 09:03 PM

No doubt you guys are on the right trail with the orifice size, but consider the frequent need for back-pressure mixing the particle settlement of glaze in the bottom of the supply can.
This is easily done by massaging the orifice with the thumb while squeezing the trigger. Hope the details didn't offend anyone.

#36392 Steven Hill's Firing Schedule For Bisque?

Posted by John255 on 03 June 2013 - 05:18 PM

I finished my first slow firing of SH glazes yesterday with results not even close.
However, I'd be grateful to hear opinions on Baileys Red first.
The firing schedule followed SH's for bisqued as supplied by Min on page one post two of this thread.
The formula for Baileys also supplied by Min on page two post, #28 was followed using Spanish Red Iron.
Only possible difference was synthetic Bone Ash was used instead of natural Bone Ash.
I could not find any reference that advised either type for iron reds.
The fast sample was fired in a neighbors kiln who used the Dawson sitter and no soaking or slow cooling.
The photo shows the slow sample trying to go red on the edges where glaze was thin.
There are also some speckles of red that appear to be crystals on the slow sample.
Both were dipped in same batch, and the only idea I have is to try it thinner, but it is already not very thick.

I've given up (for the time being) on Bailey's Red. Right now I'm getting good results with Juicy Fruit over SCM warm. I subbed Spanish RIO for the RIO in JF. Here is a pitcher (two views) that I unloaded this morning: http://ceramicartsda...wimage&img=2641


Beautiful result on your pitchers.
Attached is what my Juicy Fruit looks like on SCM.
On SH's DVD he emphasized that 60% of the glaze thickness on his pots is SCM.
I followed that and sprayed it on rather thick.
It flowed on all samples, but was quite dry to the touch.
If Min is right about the Iron being weak that could be part of the failure.
Thanks for your input.

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#29813 DIY Magnetic Trimming Chuck

Posted by John255 on 24 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

The Magnetic Trimming Chuck can be a weekend project if you have a few hand tools and some experience cutting sheet metal. The 11.5" diameter steel disc is cut from galvanized sheet stock bought a Home Depot for $4. Although I didn't try it, you could probably get the same result using the bottom of a 11" two-part quiche (steel not aluminum) baking dish bought from a kitchen shop or Amazon, and forgo the cutting.

The steel disc is glued to any 12" bat that already fits your wheel. I stuck mine together with strong double sided sticky tape. Four 1/4" Neodymium magnets are countersunk and epoxied to three 1.75" square pine blocks. (See photos) Dimensions are not critical, but it is a bit of a trick to keep the magnets from jumping together during assembly. The blocks were faced with scrap foam Gripper Pad, but any medium stiff foam can be used.

So far the magnet trimming holder works well and is somewhat easier than using clay wads. I have yet to make up a set of extension dowel rods for holding tall pieces, but will get to it soon. This device is about 1/10 the cost of Giffin Grip and can be used on pots of any shape. Good luck and let us know how it goes, and if you have improvements. Please see edit below.

11" Steel Quiche Pan:




Gripper Pads:



Hardest part of project is epoxying magnets, so I've added a magnet assembly jig. The photos show how to use it to make the three magnetic blocks. When chuck is finished first center your pot then slide the blocks to hold the pot. Not much pressure is needed.

Edit #2
To all members who are thinking of building a Magnetic Trimmer,

My attempts to build simple extensions for trimming tall pots were complicated.

Another approach I use successfully is to throw a double-ended trimming chuck and bisque

it then center it on the mag-trim. (See photo) Dimensions are not critical.

I use a bulls-eye level to level the pot in the chuck. (This assumes your wheel is level.)

You could also buy a set of extensions from Bailey for about $16 and screw then to the mag-trim blocks.


Good luck with your Mag-trim, and let us know how it goes.


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