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Cracked Skin And Broken Fingernails

31 August 2015 - 09:18 PM

Like many folks in pottery, my hands were chapped and cracked while my fingernails were constantly tearing.

I talked to my dermatologist about this. He made two very effective recommendations that I want to pass on.


1. Curel hand cream.. This stuff is unlike anything else I have tried. When you put it on it has the same oily feel of most hand creams. After a few minutes it is absorbed into your skin with no sense of oiliness left. I put a small dab on before I go into  studio then again when I wash up. It has made a huge difference in my skin. You can get the stuff for about $12.00 for 16 oz  at Walmart or Walgreens


2. Daily dose of Biotin. I take 1000mg. It takes about 4 month to see the difference,... for your fingernails to grow out. At that point, the difference is dramatic. No more torn or broken fingernails. You can get this stuff cheap on Amazon or eBay.

Happy Birthday Preston

19 August 2015 - 04:39 PM

Thanks for all your guidance


Have a happy birthday.

Recipes From Britt's Mid Range Glazes In .xml Format.

27 June 2015 - 10:08 PM

  I have John Britt's book Mastering mid-range glazes and love it. 
  I would like to look at some of those glazes in Insight but I really am NOT excited about hand entering them.   Does anyone know of a source of his glazes in  .XML format so that can be easily uploaded into Insight?

Lid Making Tool

12 June 2015 - 01:23 PM

  I tried Peters drop lid making technique. I could never get the clay centered enough on the hump  mold..   So I extended the idea a bit. I put three small countersink bolts from the bottom of a plastic bat,.   1 on center and 2 of them about 1.5 inches out from center. Then I made a series of hump molds on top of that bat (so I was sure the pin holes were lined up),  similar to Peter's, for different size lids. 
You can put a slab of clay over it or just a lump on top to center and shape.
  This gadget makes very thin, even lids quickly. The thing I like best is that you can add knobs, and decoration in the same operation.

$40 "envirovent" For Electric Kiln

12 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

  Here are some pictures of an "enviroevent" that I built for my Skutt 1227 kiln 
  Total cost was about $40, most of which was for the blower off of ebay. 
  It works very well.