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In Topic: Best Way To Sand Bottoms Of Warped Pottery/sculpture

14 November 2014 - 10:05 PM

Warping comes from uneven contraction ( more likely ) and expansion, or a combination of both. Slow the drying process! What are you drying your pieces on? What is your firing schedule? Is it possible to compress clay on bottoms more?any chance you pieces a plucking? Have you tried firing work on a bit of sand?

In Topic: Walker Pugmill

14 November 2014 - 06:49 AM

Just shy of 300 #.
It felt a bit "not compressed" this is un aged out of the mill. Most of this was mixed from dry ingredients.
It does pull fine on wheel inspite of failing the wrap around finger plasticity test. I did wedge and wheel wedge ( cone up and down)
I have put some away for aging.
And same recipe slurry mixed aging and drying
Rectangle pugs are cool!


In Topic: Walker Pugmill

10 November 2014 - 08:40 AM

Pres, Since you have a lot of experience with walker. How do you handle keeping chamber moist between sessions. How often do you unbolt bad deep clean?
After using it I prolly won't bother getting welding done. I've decided to slurry mix and dry all my clay. Just wondering what was your process to make clay from dry ingredients.

In Topic: Wood Fire Effects Question

10 November 2014 - 08:31 AM

It's has o be something in the forming process. The line spacing is too regular to be a kiln affect. Too mechanical. If it is from the kiln then those are very special pieces. I'm trying to imagine how the contraction and expansion of clay, or kiln contribution would create this......

In Topic: V Gum Cer In Clay Body

07 November 2014 - 08:43 PM

I ended up using stick blender and hot water. It was in suspension...... I expected it to thicken up more over night but not much difference....

Which brings me to next question bentonite. Many who make clay don't blunge their bentonite what's your opinion...

Also I was told veegum T is stronger than bentonite what is replacement ratio?