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S. Dean

Member Since 18 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Sherrill Mudtools Polymer Ribs Recommendations.

04 February 2016 - 06:22 AM

My favorites to use are red in shapes 0 and 1 (for smoothing/finishing during throwing and trimming) & yellow in shape 2 for general throwing.  Folks seem to prefer green or yellow, but there doesn't seem to be much need to have both these colors once you find out which you like better.


The small shredder is great too. 



In Topic: What Happened To The Guy Who Wanted................

31 January 2016 - 05:50 PM

I am so glad that we have CAD.  I used to subscribe to Clayart.  Just couldn't take it anymore, between the sacred cows, holier than thous and all the drivel sprinkled between a few nuggets of useful information.  Never felt comfortable posting anything there - the slightest thing could erupt in flame wars.  


I hope we can maintain our culture of being welcoming and helpful.  



In Topic: Hi Roller Vertical Slab Roller

31 January 2016 - 05:15 PM

I am a bit unsure about the whole idea of a vertical roller. I realize it saves space-my 30 inch Bailey electric with long table is a big footprint for sure.

The thing is when I roll out a long slab its already flat on a table and I do not have to bend or disturb it. In those videos on your link they flop and bend while taking them to a table. <snip>


Mark - that was my main concern. whether the movement to a table would create a clay memory/warping problem.  I make a form that requires a 11"x18" slab.  


Hopefully Doc Weather will chime in.



In Topic: Recommendation For Mask To Make Glazes, And How To Make Environment Safe

15 January 2016 - 04:54 AM

This is what I use.  



P-100 filters, easy to breathe, available in 3 sizes.  Envirosafety has excellent prices and ships fast.


Wipe down your respirator after mixing glazes and store it in a ziplock bag between use.  You don't want it sitting around in an open studio gathering dust.



In Topic: Labeling Glaze Containers Large And Small

02 January 2016 - 08:56 AM

<snip>  I know that in about a year I'll likely be upgrading the volume and type of glaze storage containers, though these will still work for glazes I use in lower quantities. Right now I'll be mixing them by 1/2 to 3/4 gallon and saving space is very important since my studio is only half-finished and my glaze shelving section isn't in yet. I plan to do all actual mixing in a thick two gallon plastic bucket and only use these for storage once they're mixed/sieved since they are brittle compared to heavy-duty paint buckets. <snip>




I've found a couple of good sources for free studio buckets.  Smaller size containers can be obtained from the deli/bakery departments at the grocery store.  Containers for icing work well and are heavy duty (although after  you wash one out you will never want to eat icing on a store bought cake).  I get bigger 4-5 gallon sized buckets from my dry cleaner that their powdered laundry soap comes in.  These are the best because they are constantly the same size and ready to use with just a quick rinse.  Buy a lid opener for 5 gallon buckets - these are available in the paint section of the home improvement stores.  


At the bakery/deli, I just usually ask each time I'm in there if they have any buckets that they are throwing out that day.  Sometimes they may agree to hold them for you, but most places will not.  If they agree to hold them, pick them up when you say you will and don't be surprised/upset if all the employees don't get the message and your saved buckets got thrown out.   If they help you, put in a nice word (letter is better) with the grocery store manager.


So, although these items are "free" they require effort & time to obtain/get ready for studio use.


For labeling, right now I use a sharpie on colored duct tape on both the lid and side of the bucket.  It's quick and works well enough even though it may not be the most elegant solution.