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neilestrick

Member Since 04 Oct 2011
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In Topic: Used Pottery Wheels: The Good And The Bad?

29 July 2014 - 05:26 PM

I'm a Thomas-Stuart/Skutt fan. I've got 11 of them. They run smooth, have the most torque for the money, and the big splash pans keep the studio much cleaner.

 

For used wheels, just make sure it runs smoothly, and check the belt for wear. Beyond that it's hard to tell if it will run for 20 years or break down in a week. Avoid the Brent wheels with the black control box with smooth/flush buttons. Those were not good- Brent was replacing them if they died, but I don't know if they still are.


In Topic: Glazing Issues

29 July 2014 - 11:54 AM

If you want to get mathy with it, use 0.5% Epsom salts by dry weight. So in a 10,000 gram 5 gallon bucket, about 50 grams. Alternatively, dissolve a tablespoon or two in hot water and add to your glaze until you see it thicken a bit.

 

Any clear glaze can be made white by adding 4-6% tin oxide or 10-12% Superpax or Zircopax.


In Topic: Help Me Decide What To Do About A Cracked Kiln Lid

29 July 2014 - 11:49 AM

I'm having a hard time seeing the crack in the photo. It looks like there's one that runs from the center hole to the edge? The screw in the brick probably had nothing to do with the actual crack starting, it was just a good place for it to go. IFB are so soft that a screw won't split them. Hairline cracks are normal, and not an issue unless they go all the way through.

 

Using mortar to repair a lid crack is pretty worthless in my opinion. It's going to be a weak spot. If they promised a new lid, then they should send a new lid. If you agreed to install it, then you will have to do that. It won't be all that difficult to do, just time consuming with a lot of screws to put in.


In Topic: Best Clay For Pizza Stone?

25 July 2014 - 03:18 PM

Pizza stone = kiln shelf


In Topic: Anybody Ever Make A Sink?

25 July 2014 - 08:38 AM

Is cone 10 mandatory for a sink?

 

Nope. But vitrification would be nice. I do mine at cone 6.