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#89876 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by BeckyH on 30 July 2015 - 10:41 PM

They are very good at camouflage, so you could have just said that it was there, but you have to look really, really closely.

#87814 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 27 June 2015 - 12:08 AM

it can be done! I have some pretty good GF brownie recipes.

#87324 Removing Greenware From Ceramic Mold Questions

Posted by BeckyH on 17 June 2015 - 04:01 PM

You can run a small heater or dehumidifier near your molds, which will help them dry. We let larger pieces sit until the wall-the solid layer next to the mold-is about 1/4" thick before pouring off the excess.
Pinholes can be caused by dirty molds. Older molds often leave pinholes, as the plaster has started to degrade with use. If you are using old molds, you may have to recast a master and recast the mold in new plaster. Most of the time a damp sponge or chamois will take care of them. If the top of the piece is plugged with semi-solid clay, you can poke it with a dowel or small sharp knife, then pour out the excess slip still inside the mold. Pieces with small gates (pour holes) often need this, especially if the rest of the piece is broader, like a tree mold will be.
The many variables of slip viscosity, temperature, mold dryness, air humidity, etc.,etc. mean you need lots of practice to gauge your cast pieces readiness to be pulled. Be prepared to experiment until you have a good idea of how the slip will act. You can reclaim your clay.

#87293 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by BeckyH on 17 June 2015 - 09:27 AM

At this point you are in training to learn a new trade. You could be in school learning to be a nurse and have the same issues. With that in mind, is there a studio in town where you could work part time? The exposure to others working methods is valuable in itself, and if they can't pay cash, perhaps private lessons or free clay or some exchange could be worked out.
Also, decide for yourself what's really important to your family life and let the rest go. Home made dinner is nice, but it's time eating together that's more important to me. Adding layers of stress because society tells us to be "doing it all" will just drive you nuts. Kids really can amuse themselves. They will still thrive even if you take the time to clean. And a clean workspace equals better working habits, which means more money when you are trying to sell in quantity. Also, you can have them help with the chores-it builds character!

#86807 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 09 June 2015 - 06:01 AM

Well, enjoy a box of Leckerli for me!

#86660 This Old House...gingerbread Style

Posted by BeckyH on 07 June 2015 - 11:08 AM

As a baker, it took me a minute to realize this wasn't edible gingerbread. It's fantastic.

#84715 Life Expectancy Of Ceramics

Posted by BeckyH on 31 May 2015 - 06:00 PM

I use this as a selling point. I have a bit of schitck were I describe how beakers thousands of years old exist, and that the beaker they purchase today could be found by the archeologists of the future....it works pretty well, too!

#84665 Newb All Over Again...

Posted by BeckyH on 31 May 2015 - 10:31 AM

Take a class, or at least watch a lot of videos on YouTube and get back into practice. Your skills will come back.

#82435 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 25 May 2015 - 07:32 PM

This is like the question of how to have a "bikini body", which is answered by having a body, and wearing a bikini. Take the vessel you made, add dirt and seeds and you have a planter. Drill a few holes in the bottom if you really want to.

#82384 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 25 May 2015 - 09:45 AM

Those are already in the mail.

#81784 Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business

Posted by BeckyH on 16 May 2015 - 07:55 PM

The idea is to make something simple that sells well, thus allowing you to eat more than just rice or ramen.

#81529 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 13 May 2015 - 09:42 PM

Challenge #2. It was a motivational offer, not a retroactive prize. But if you ask really really nicely I would probably send you a batch anyway :).

#81509 Sometimes I Wonder How In Heck Did I Gift This?

Posted by BeckyH on 13 May 2015 - 05:56 PM

At least you thought it was lovely when you didn't know who made it!

#81037 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 07 May 2015 - 08:51 PM

A grasshopper walks into a bar.
"Hey" says the bartender, "did you know there's a drink named after you?"
"After me?" Asks the grasshopper, " why woukd anyone name a drink Bob?"

#80714 Community Challenge #2

Posted by BeckyH on 04 May 2015 - 11:33 AM

It's ok, I'm a professional baker. I make brownies in a 40 quart mixer. I don't know why mixers are sized in quarts. I have used a 120 quart one. The thing was taller than I am!