diesel, i loved what you inadvertently said about kids followed by damp boxes and cabinets. remember mark twain's comment about putting a 12 year old into a barrel and not letting it out until it was 21?
it is important to shop around for an accountant you believe in. i gave up on them in general when i was a single mother of two infants forced to live on the $200 a month my husband thought generous. the first man said i would have to pay several hundred dollars.
i did it myself and got a refund. which i needed. ( wonder why)
i have done this. the moisture content of the item must be carefully judged. if the pot is bone dry, put a damp cloth NOT A HEAVY WET TOWEL! around the entire thing and leave it inside plastic for a short time. an hour or so could give it enough time to even out some moisture and allow you to add a THIN decoration. why do you plan to do two or three coats? is your slip too thin for what you want to do? what technique are you doing?
do not try to wet the item more than it will take to apply a little slip. if you attempt to dunk the entire thing in a barrel of slip and leave it there for a second or so, the new coating will peel off in large sheets as it dries. now you know why you should plan your decoration and get it done at the right time.
all of this takes some judgement which is developed with experience. spritzing could work if you do it carefully and the clay is at the right stage of drying, the problem with spritzing is that it is so easy to do it unevenly and it can form wet drips that run down to the bottom of the item and soak into the clay there.
it is just possible that the flask will not survive no matter what you do. try if for the experience while knowing the risk, that is the life of a potter.
on another day and with a waster pot, learn how much clay will take before deforming. dunk, not slowly dip or drip, a bone dry pot in a tub of water that will cover the entire thing. immediately pull it out and watch what happens for a minute. cut or break the pot and you will see how very little of the clay was wet by the dunking. just part of learning.
i took a class in screen printing after seeing it done at the Torpedo Factory in alexandria va. you can print as many colors as you like, a new screen is used for each color. the hard part is lining up the edges of the colors so they either do or do not overlap as you choose. still have several frames that i have not used.
i left the harrington video and went all over the Surrey artists. what a lot of great stuff they create!
making a screen is not as hard as the description sounds. take it one step at a time. you know what the end result should look like so just start and read only one step until you are comfortable that you understand it.
alabama, i thought i posted this several days ago. (it is meant as a joke so i do not thing anyone would have taken it down because it was insulting.) but there are times i think i have put something here and realize i did not hit the black POST.
i just wanted to know what teaspoonful of baby you would use in your throwing water. a finger or two, maybe toes, and ear?
what part of the world is your home? Fahrenheit or Celsius? do you live near a public library? you can always call Skutt with specific questions, ask for a technical person.
bruce has given you the name of a great book. your library has more and you can always get some through inter-library loan service, usually free. we recently had a thread on what books we own, check it out.
i can do the stuff this forum asks but my problem is condensed in the phrase pres tossed off without a thought, "edit your file". even though the pictures are stored in the stupidest way, by date taken and almost every one is a "file". sometimes the same picture shows up 3 times. every time i try to find the picture i want they all show up in a different format. even if i can locate the picture i want, the entire screen is filled up from wall to wall. there is no cad page showing underneath so i cannot drag the picture to the place it goes or use the "attach this file". right now there is a symbol at the bottom of my screen and when i click on it, the pictures i separated out are shown waiting for me to figure it out.
my daughter showed me how to do it for emails and i wrote the instructions in a notebook (the kind with paper). i follow these instructions perfectly but the picture cannot be moved and the email or the cad page are gone when i exit the photo stuff. ( i can even find the part that lets me get the size down to 640x480 but i does not stay that way.)
it is late, thank you all but enough for today. i really need a book "sending pictures for dummies". anyone got one of those? how about writing one?
congrats, craigslist is great. and so is ebay except that anything with the word kiln in it will show up. there were a number of kilns under Kilns, used the other day nothing near me but someone in illinois is going to get a real bargain!
if you can reclaim the clay, practice working with it and never fire the finished pieces. spend some of the money you saved buying good clay once your skill level warrants firing something you have made really well.
repeat.... to a real carpenter this is a simple thing to do. when i took my 4x8 sheet of Duron to the expert, i wound up with a huge stack of perfectly formed circles with perfect holes in exactly the correct places, cost maybe $20.
it is true that being a potter is only for masochists but why bat your head against a minor problem when you could be trying to do something really impossible, like posting pictures here!