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In Topic: Diy Sieve

30 July 2015 - 02:52 PM

I made a sieve from brass mesh and a plastic bowl with flared sides. Because the sides are flared, it sits into the top of any bucket. The area of sieve is larger than that of the Talisman. I would love another. but our pottery suppliers no longer stock the squares of 100# stainless mesh,

I sharpened up one of my turning tools to a point. Using the widest sliders, I put the bowl in my Giffen grip and peeled a groove where the side of the bowl curved around to the base. When it got thin enough, it was easy to cut with an exacto knife. I used a soldering iron to join the mesh to the plastic. Just spots on opposite sides at first, then all the way around. The soldering iron softens the plastic and the wires of the mesh get embedded in it. This needs to be done outdoors, because the fumes are noxious.

In Topic: Throwing Thickness

30 July 2015 - 02:41 PM

I like a thin walled cup and so do my customers. I don't think that it is possible to throw a cup on a wheel and have it come out too thin, except on the rim. It is easy to make the rim too thin.

Slip casting allows thinness, but cups that are too thin let the liquid cool down too quickly. Hand made cups act as a bit of a heat sink, but only if they are warmed with boiling water before filling.

In Topic: Are There Any Laws Of Pottery?

22 July 2015 - 08:56 AM

Might I suggest a small offering to the kiln gods: flowers, fruit, joss sticks.


To Old Lady: the oz use of abbreviations is extensive. I blame the print media. By shortening the words, they can use larger lettering.  eg pollies=politicians; ambos=ambulance drivers (paramedics); garbos=garbage collectors; firies=firefighters; rellos or rellies=relatives; vollies=volunteers. I have heard reference to volly firies, that is volunteer firefighters.

In Topic: Meat Grinder As Pugmill?

17 July 2015 - 10:26 PM

I don't have any canvas bags, but the legs of old jeans work just fine as long as they don't have holes in them. A friend has a jeans leg attached with some kind of clamp to the outlet of her wheel splash pan . The sewn up hem end sits in a bucket. All the throwing slip and turnings go into the jeans leg. When the jeans leg is full, she ties up the open end and lets it stiffen. The cut and slam method of wedging doesn't require very much strength. You don't have to lift the whole lump of clay, only half at a time.

In Topic: Meat Grinder As Pugmill?

16 July 2015 - 07:01 AM

The cut and slam wedging method has the advantage of exposing any grotty bits that have somehow got into the clay. My own hair, for instance. Pug machines or kneading, spiral or otherwise, don't help you locate and remove unwanted small bits.