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#113953 Slip Trailing

Posted by docweathers on Yesterday, 01:56 PM

Here is a handy holder for 5 x 30 mL syringes. It is made from one of the larger size clear plastic containers that my wife gets when she buys food from bulk bins. I just use an X-Acto knife to cut five holes in the bottom. Inside I put an old damp sponge  on top of the lid. This keeps the tips from drying out between uses so I can leave the syringes full for long periods of time. It also helps me keep my pigsty a little bit organized. 

 

Sorry about the picture being on its side. It seemed to not matter how I rotate the original, this forum software puts it on its side

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#113562 Slip Trailing

Posted by docweathers on 21 September 2016 - 11:20 PM

here are a couple of things I have learned in my experiments

 

1. sometimes my thick glaze trailing of one glaze upon another would end up with a surface that looked like it was populated with potato chips, i.e. peeling off in flakes that were sticking up strangely. This seems to be solved by mixing a significant portion of Elmers glue in the trailing glaze.  This seems to make even very thick application stick well.

 

2.  I started off using tatoo wash bottles. I have switched to using 30 mL plastic syringes from eBay. They are about $6.60 for 10 of them delivered. I seem to have much more consistent control of the flow I suspect because I'm squeezing on a solid column of glaze versus compressing air in the tattoo bottle which in turn would squirt out the glaze... sometimes a little bursts if my glaze were not perfectly even and lump free. With the syringes when you have a little lump you can feel the extra resistance. That's time to do a minor squirt on a test tile to get rid of the obstruction before you spatter it on your pot.




#112017 Slip Trailing

Posted by docweathers on 26 August 2016 - 09:57 AM

I am using tattoo wash bottles from eBay. You need a dozen of them for about $10. They seem to work well and are easy to clean. I like the long L-shaped delivery spout.  Instead of putting needles in the end to keep them from drying out I use electricians wire nuts to seal the end of the delivery to between uses. They're much easier than trying to stick a pin in a tiny hole that is full of goop when your hands are slimy.

 

 

I'm not actually doing slip trailing. I'm doing glaze trailing on bisque.I did not want to add confusion by making that distinction. I have found that this works very well if you just soak the pot in water for a while so the bisque is saturated. Being a real amateur at this, I wanted to make sure I could easily get my mistakes off over and over. 

 

Now I'm working on some nonrunning glazes ffrom the majolica world.




#108884 Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones ... Get Potted

Posted by docweathers on 16 June 2016 - 09:16 PM

I found an interesting bit of research to further justify wasting time making pots.

 

https://www.scienced...60615134946.htm




#105537 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by docweathers on 22 April 2016 - 11:03 AM

GiselleNo5

 

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.

 

 

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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. 




#105510 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by docweathers on 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?

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#105509 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by docweathers on 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?


#104483 Giffin Grip Adapter For Large Platters

Posted by docweathers on 31 March 2016 - 12:42 AM

I have gotten into making large platters lately, which are far too large to trim on my giffin Grip. I made three new fingers for my GG that grip the platter from the inside versus the outside. This works well because the inside of my platters tend to be more round than the edges. we are nothing more than three metal rods with some stiff but not rigid closed cell foam glued on the end of the rods. I don't know what kind of foam is. It just came on some junk I bought delivered by the UPS man. the dark blue layer is stiffer and provides some extra support for the softer clear foam. I used a 6000 glue to stick it all together. Pictures are attached. They pretty self-explanatory

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#104398 Electrically Burning Fractal Patterns Into Glaze-- Mocha Diffusion

Posted by docweathers on 29 March 2016 - 12:18 PM

 In a discussion with Min about improving mocha diffusion she pointed out this link to me. It describes a way of doing a mocha diffusion like pattern on wood with electricity. I'm wondering if there is a way to adapt this to a kind of mocha diffusion for glazes at ^6.

 

http://makezine.com/...tterns-plywood/

 

 

I'm thinking about building one of these things.  However, before I launch,  I would appreciate any ideas about whether it would actually work with ceramic glazes and what would be the best way of adapting it to ceramics.

 

I can get ordinary mocha diffusion to work but not at the level I would like to see it.




#104042 How To Stop Glazes From Bleeding Into One Another?

Posted by docweathers on 23 March 2016 - 09:55 AM

The idea of using slip trailing as a border between glazes seems most likely to get me what I'm looking for.  

 

Thanks




#103937 Research Says That The Bigger Your Signature On Your Art The More It Sells For

Posted by docweathers on 21 March 2016 - 02:25 PM

I thought folks who sell their work would be interested in this research article I just found. The article is attached but basically it says the bigger your signature the more narcissistic you are likely to be and the more money you will get for your art.

 

 

Lawrence Weathers

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#102321 Rack To Hold Metal Ribs

Posted by docweathers on 20 February 2016 - 01:13 PM

In my continuing effort to organize the pigsty around my wheel, I just made a simple gizmo to hold my metal ribs.

 

It is just a tension spring, a strip of spring steel metal strapping, and a couple of magnets. The metal strap provides something to secure the whole gizmo as well as providing a slight curvature to the spring. The curvature makes it easier to get the ribs between the spring coils. The magnets provide an easy way of attaching it to the metal shelving on three sides of my wheel

 

As a side note, if any of you fancy that spring steel metal strapping used to hold cargo down to pallets , you better grab some now. It is being quickly replaced with plastic strapping, which makes it harder to find. I use it to make all kinds of odd little tools.

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#101091 What Happened To The Guy Who Wanted................

Posted by docweathers on 31 January 2016 - 10:47 PM

I am certainly guilty of not reporting back on results of the advice that I've gotten. I never really thought about anyone giving a hoot since the advisor usually seemed quite knowledgeable and already knew what would happen. I didn't see any point in telling them what they already knew. I will have to amend my ways.

 

I try to contribute to the forum by describing some technique or gizmo that I have just dawned upon that I think others might find useful.




#97959 Insulating Ceramic Cups?

Posted by docweathers on 24 December 2015 - 08:32 PM

At 3 lbs, one could get your daily workout drinking your coffee.

 

How well does it insulate?


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#95097 Reconstituting Wax Resist

Posted by docweathers on 01 November 2015 - 02:55 PM

Here is the link to  ceramic supply chicago's on line catalog   http://www.ceramicsu...ine Catalog.pdf

 

The wax resist is the very last item in the catalog... on page 14