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In Topic: Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

26 April 2016 - 11:06 AM

Gismo Guy I GOTCHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

About 2 weeks ago my favorite needle tool broke and I used a
surgical pin that the Drs used about 6 or 7 years to pin my thumb
in place. (when he pulled it out I told the Dr I wanted it as a souvenir
to remind me to never do that again) I just stuck it in the old
needle tool handle. A FREEBEE!


You inspired me to follow up on an idea. I have an 18 inch magnesium rod out of a friends broken femur. It's about time that I find a good use for it either in my welding or pottery.


Also I've been inspired by several folks attacking floaties  of different sorts to their sponges and chamois. I have ordered from eBay, for a big  $1.64, a half-dozen foam fishing floats to attach to my sponges and chamois. I splurged  ($1.64) on the floats because I thought it might actually be prettier and more durable than using some of the closed cell foam I have laying around. Yes, art pretty, pretty art.

















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In Topic: Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

22 April 2016 - 11:03 AM



I really like the "magnet tools" approach. I am the author of the Ceramics Monthly  article by that name. It has one flaw, me. When I am intently involved in making something at the limits of my skills, which is most of the time, I don't have the habit patterns established to get tools automatically put back on a magnet, or metal strip. I tend to drop them on the closest horizontal surface.


One handy way I've come up with to find tools with magnets attached is to scan my pigsty with one of those Harbor Freight magnets on a stick. It's amazing how strange things suddenly pop out your water bucket, your recycled clay or from a hidden crevasse on the floor.





The idea of various kinds of "floaties" on chamois and sponges is great. It is far better than finding some strange lump in the wall of a large pot.... Which I have done.


As much as I like to recycle everything, I think I will pass the idea of making brushes from recycled skunk. 

In Topic: Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

21 April 2016 - 11:07 PM

Some days I amaze myself at how cheap I really am. It seems very easy for me to lose pottery throwing tools in my pigsty. Needles seem to be a regular victim of my chaos, so I have to have a bunch of them. By the time you figure shipping in, they seem to run $3 to $4 dollars. I decided to make up a bunch of them myself. I bought 25 large embroidery needles on eBay for $.99, delivered. It took me about 10 minutes to turn six of them and some old dowell I had around into excellent pottery needles. The math: 6 needles x $3 x 6 (sets per hour)- $.25 for needles = $ 107.75 hr. I know this is chump change for politicians, but it is not bad for potters who few can expect to make more than $20 per hour for their efforts. Oh yes, I spray my small pottery throwing tools high visibility orange to make them easier to find in my slop. So often I cannot find a tool that I set down just a few moments ago. Can you beat this?

In Topic: Clay Named "frost" Is Translucent

10 April 2016 - 10:51 PM

I don't see the picture of frost

In Topic: Need Recipe For ^04 Metallic Gold Glaze

08 April 2016 - 11:00 AM

thanks for setting me straight on this. As the rawest of beginners, my knowledge is very uneven.