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A Change Of Direction

24 July 2014 - 04:04 AM

Sounds exciting doesn't it?    But it's just one pot. :D


I have a small lidded pot which is at the bone dry greenware stage.


The wife wants a pomander for her wardrobe.


I suggested that I could make holes around the top half of this pot and in the lid.


(I'm going to make a couple anyway, but don't particularly like this little pot and tucked away in a wardrobe is the best place for it).


I'm planning on using a cordless drill and a 2mm HSS  twist bit.


Will this work OK with dry greenware or would I be better off to re-wet the piece to some extent?

Starting With "a"

26 April 2014 - 10:11 AM

Private message I received today from a new member "Joybaby"




My name is joy, I am a young single girl never married seeking for a long
time relationship i am very happy to read your profile and i am
interested in you, so please you can contact me true this my email
( joyefua@hotmail.com ) so that i can send you my photos and more about me

 Joybaby's profile page shows that she has made no forum posts and that her profile has been visited today by five members whose names all begin with "A".


It appears to me that she is probably  working her way through the members in alphabetical order.


I should really  tell her that I'm an old (ish) married man, but it's probably simpler to just delete the message, and maybe someone can review her membership.

Wooden Handles.......

07 April 2014 - 07:49 AM

...........for pots.


I making a baskety/bowly *thing* which will have a wooden handle, it's a piece of Gorse.


I've stripped off any bark and soaked it in hot water and bleach and it's now drying out.


The question is, do I treat the handle any further and what with?  Varnish, wax, something else, or just leave it natural: are there any sort of conventional procedures for wooden handles?


The glaze is likely to be pale rather than dark - not yet reached an exact decision on that one.


Pic below, the finished handle will be about an inch shorter at each end.


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Spray Gun Question.

23 December 2013 - 01:46 PM

I have a small compressor - 1.25 hp, the output is 5cfm, I'd like to use this for spraying glaze but am struggling to decide on a gun.


In an ideal world I'd have a larger compressor but that's not going to happen yet.


I've found spray guns with a 1.8mm nozzle which requires 4.3cfm and another with a 1.5mm nozzle which requires 4.2 - 7.0 cfm and several with smaller nozzles at either 1.0mm or 0.8mm, one in particular of those last two only requires 1.6- 4.0 cfm.


Of the spray guns I've found, some are HVLP and some are LVLP, is one better than the other for glazing, and why?


I'm looking for the larger nozzles (1.5mm & 1.8mm)  because all that I've found on the net with regard to spraying glazes says that that's what's needed. 


I'm puzzled however as to why I would need that size nozzle.  If my glaze has been through a 100mesh sieve with a hole size of 0.152mm  why do I need such a large nozzle?


Next question, I've used the spray equipment at college and I know that I don't spray anything for more than a few seconds at a time, does this mean that I can use a gun with greater requirements than the compressor is capable of delivering if the gun was used constantly?


There is no Harbour Freight in the UK, so please don't send me there - but should I just buy the cheapest that seems closest to my requirements and give it a try?   It may be quicker in the long run, any detailed info on this is so hard to find.

What Are They Called?

15 December 2013 - 05:21 PM

Plugs, bungs stoppers, the sort of thing to fill the filling holes in salt cellars etc..


I have it in my head that for ceramic purposes there is a collective name for these items, (which would be very useful for searching ceramic suppliers websites). :)


The name I can't get out of my head  is *Natches* but these seem to be for moulds.