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In Topic: Banding Wheel Color

Yesterday, 04:56 PM

Sounds like a bad paint job. Send it back.

In Topic: Annoyed At Postal Service

Yesterday, 10:07 AM

As a couple of other folks have said, the key to surviving shipping is to bundle everything together into a solid mass so that the pieces cannon move around and contact each other. Remember that when your package is in transit, the peanuts will shift and move, and pots can migrate through the peanuts. So two pieces that were separated by 3 inches of peanuts can end up right next to each other after being jiggled around in a truck for two days. With plates your better off wrapping them all together with two sheets of 1/8" foam in between, rather than having each one loose with cardboard and peanuts between them. Bundling that way will also allow you to use  smaller box or fit more plates. Putting the bundle on edge is also a great idea.


Last week I shipped a pitcher, 4 tumblers and a teapot all in the same box. Everything survived.

In Topic: Raising The Dead

05 February 2016 - 01:28 PM

If it's a 3 ring kiln and 2 rings are out, it won't get hot enough. If it's a 2 ring kiln, there's a small chance the bottom section will get to temp, but it'll be cold on top. Could be a connection problem, not elements. That's a quicker fix, since you don't always need to order parts for that. Could also be a switch.

In Topic: Kiln And Cone 10 Firing Question

04 February 2016 - 10:08 PM

Wax burns out in the first 600 degrees or so, so it won't help at all. The best way to keep raw clay from fusing in the firing is to put some alumina hydrate between them. The easiest way to apply the alumina is to mix it in with some wax resist. Put it anywhere the two pieces will touch. The wax burns out, the alumina stays. Your teacher should be familiar with this process.This is how we keep lids from sticking to the pot during glaze firings. Also, no glaze wherever the two touch!

In Topic: Underglazes Thinning On Their Own?

02 February 2016 - 01:31 PM

I agree that the organic binders/extenders are diminishing. Typically they put a biocide in there to preserve them, but if they are especially old it can wear out. Add some gum solution with a touch of copper carb in it to preserve it. I usually make gum solution 2 tbsp bum to a gallon of water, plus 1/8 teaspoon copper carb.