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#125523 Qotw: Do You Like Other Forms Of Art And Is There A Cross Over To Your Cerami...

Posted by oldlady on 18 April 2017 - 08:01 PM

designing and building houses is lots of fun.  last one was in 2005.  unfortunately, i lent the profit to a builder who was cheated by the buyer of a house he built for her.  i will never see my money again.  


it is still fun to design practical houses on paper.  it is amazing to me how few houses have been really thought about before the first spot of concrete is poured.  everything is built as though it will be immediately next to its twin so no windows on the sides.  Heavens!   someone might look inside!!!    and placement on the lot is about how far back from the street the front door will be.  and all along the street the doors are on the same plane.  sigh...........................

#125518 Can't Throw, Can Extrude

Posted by oldlady on 18 April 2017 - 07:44 PM

ron, you have found your niche.  i would like to order the first one you make.  i have a 4 inch round extruder and muscles that are getting a little old.  name your price.

#125432 Can't Throw, Can Extrude

Posted by oldlady on 17 April 2017 - 07:28 AM

wonderful!   now just cut each one into one inch slices, string them together into a trellis for your favorite flowering vine to grow on.  well, fire them first.............

#125379 Mixing A Slip From Clay From Friend's Property

Posted by oldlady on 14 April 2017 - 09:36 AM

welcome, fiona, what country do you live in?   when posts come in at 3 am, the poster is usually in europe or somewhere other than the USA.

#125295 Any Opinions On The Olympic Fl20E Kiln?

Posted by oldlady on 12 April 2017 - 04:22 PM

i can remember a member who had recently joined and was very excited about his new olympic kiln.  he kept saying how good it was.  when someone pointed out a few problems he should expect, he became incensed and removed himself, all his posts and photos from this website and has not been heard from since.


maybe it is just a question of "i like fords, take your chevy somewhere else" or maybe there is a real difference.  wait for neil to answer.

#125291 Is This Kiln Too Small?

Posted by oldlady on 12 April 2017 - 04:14 PM

try for a kiln at least 18x18 inches interior.  that way you can grow a little as you learn.  the kiln you are looking at is too much money for too little kiln.


where are you in the world?

#125290 Best Tent For Craft Show?

Posted by oldlady on 12 April 2017 - 04:10 PM

there is one thing you need to have with you with whatever tent you get.  a tape measure.  if the tent is 10x10 make sure the posts are inside that measurement.  also pull down the zipper at least 6 inches so if it does start to rain, you are not trying to zip a 10x10 tent onto poles 10 feet plus an inch or two on each corner.  


wonder how i learned that..................... :wacko:

#125235 What Type Of Sand? To Add To Clay.

Posted by oldlady on 11 April 2017 - 09:10 PM

in other words, "we don't got none".

#125091 Shimpo Rk-10 Used - Repair Questions.

Posted by oldlady on 08 April 2017 - 07:26 PM

WOOHOO!!!..............................................maybe ^_^

#125065 Shimpo Rk-10 Used - Repair Questions.

Posted by oldlady on 08 April 2017 - 08:50 AM

lucky, wait for the one you should buy.  it will happen.  check craigslist from areas a little farther than you are now.  driving a couple of hours to see the perfect wheel is not a bad thing.  


meanwhile, read all you can here about buying a wheel so you can recognize a good one when you find it.  this subject comes up almost every month............or week.

#124908 Bubble Glazing Technique

Posted by oldlady on 05 April 2017 - 08:58 PM

this is too simple for such confusion.  look at the mayco video.  run it slowly.  back up if necessary.  write down what they are saying.  look at the bottles of glaze.  how else can you learn except by watching CAREFULLY.

#124905 What To Use For Marking Bottom Of Glaze Tests

Posted by oldlady on 05 April 2017 - 08:53 PM

black underglaze should work fine without sticking.


if you simply number the test tile while it is still leatherhard, use a small ball stylus, the second small size works well, press in enough to make a deep enough mark and number the tile.  once it is fired, the small, fine point sharpie will fit into that groove and be visible at a distance.  


then you need a way of recording what the number is.  i use a paper notebook, would hate a computer.  but, you might like to use a computer.  this works well for me because i only use one clay body.  if you use more than one, the simple addition of a letter will differentiate the body color.  plain number = clay body one.  letter A before the number  = clay body two.

#124713 High Temp Wire Question

Posted by oldlady on 02 April 2017 - 09:06 PM

yappy, are you talking about nichrome wire?  at what temperature?


to make the kiln owner happy, may i suggest you buy a shelf of your own and load it before handing it in for firing?  who could object to that?

#124708 Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes

Posted by oldlady on 02 April 2017 - 08:47 PM

joe, when you start spraying glaze, do not thin the glaze too much.  if you are going to start single firing, you will find that the glaze dries instantly when applied to dry greenware.  that is a big plus for single firing.  if you use your sprayer on ** BISQUE** it will take a little while to dry but it will work.


(many of my glazes are milkshake thickness and they work very well like that.)



#124706 Engobe And Glaze

Posted by oldlady on 02 April 2017 - 08:38 PM

the photo shows two very nice pieces, i cannot see a problem but you do so you are right to ask the question.  min is an expert in glazing, so try her suggestions. good luck, i also like the look of the finished pieces.