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Min

Member Since 31 Mar 2010
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In Topic: Glaze Additive/s

Today, 05:42 PM

Sort of an oddball thing but Crayola washable liquid paint works as a floc, I add it to small glaze amounts for spraying. (I don't always need to floc a whole bucket)

this stuff 


In Topic: Qotw: Pottery Attributes In The Studio

Today, 12:34 PM


Don't know if this qualifies as a ceramic attribute but I think there is always room to improve and that's what keeps me coming back.


In Topic: Splash Pan Liner And Trimmings Catch

Today, 12:21 PM

 

I am confused about his products on that page. What use would a disposable splash pan be? Maybe I just don't understand it, but why would you want to dispose of your splash pan?

 

I guess my issue with this is I have TS bucket splash pan, so I just let my scraps dry in there since plenty of room, and toss them in my trashcan. But I can imagine this being an issue I guess with the smaller pans. Can't leave a mess in there for a month. 

 

EDIT: I read his about us page: 

 

 

I created the disposable splash pan to stop clogging my pipes after cleaning my permanent splashpan.  

 

 

Thought the way to stop clogging pipes was to use a sink trap? They seem to be pushing orders of multiple pans, single one is 39.90, my regular one is the same price so ????


In Topic: Sio-2 Clay - Porcelain(Black) - Black Ice

Yesterday, 06:25 PM

 

I've messed around a little with Plainsman's Polar Ice, it comes extremely wet also. This is from their website and the reason behind mixing it so wet. No clue if this is the same reason for your black porcelain being so wet but I was wondering if you dried it out a bit more if it would actually increase the plasticity like the Polar Ice does. Did they let you know which stain they are using for part of the black colour? 

 

"Polar Ice has extremely high plasticity (to properly pug it we must run it too soft). Others claim to be plastic, but they use the word in a relative sense (meaning a little less flabby than that other really flabby porcelain). Do not attempt to use Polar Ice if it is too soft (stiffen it before use to experience its full plasticity). To reduce the water content wedge it and flatten down onto a very clean plaster table or large bat (or you may be able to leave a lump under a cloth over night or longer).

The most prominent side effect of the plasticity is its stickiness, this body is extremely sticky. It will stick to your hands, to the table, to the cutting wire, anything that touches it. During trimming it will stick back to itself and tools. If you attach ware to the wheelhead with water to trim, it will stick fast there also. After trimming it balls up under your fingers if you attempt to round corners by pressing on them. However if you stiffen the body to optimal throwing stiffness, it will be much less sticky."

 

What a joke! I'm supposed to take the time to dry out my clay every time I buy it? What about my students? They have to take it home and dry it out? Or I have to set out 1000 pounds of clay to get it ready for them? It's the mixers job to sell me clay I can use. If I wanted to mess with this I'd mix my own clay.

 

 

You know, until you said this I didn't think twice about it. In the last couple years or so my other clay from the same supplier is coming much wetter than it used to, maybe it's the new normal here to get it sloppy wet. Polar Ice was developed by Tony Hansen so now that you mention it it is kinda surprising he is okay with it going out sloppy. (I'm assuming he has received feedback)

 

edit: at $70- for 44 lbs now it's going to bug me  :unsure:


In Topic: Sio-2 Clay - Porcelain(Black) - Black Ice

Yesterday, 11:33 AM

I've messed around a little with Plainsman's Polar Ice, it comes extremely wet also. This is from their website and the reason behind mixing it so wet. No clue if this is the same reason for your black porcelain being so wet but I was wondering if you dried it out a bit more if it would actually increase the plasticity like the Polar Ice does. Did they let you know which stain they are using for part of the black colour? 

 

"Polar Ice has extremely high plasticity (to properly pug it we must run it too soft). Others claim to be plastic, but they use the word in a relative sense (meaning a little less flabby than that other really flabby porcelain). Do not attempt to use Polar Ice if it is too soft (stiffen it before use to experience its full plasticity). To reduce the water content wedge it and flatten down onto a very clean plaster table or large bat (or you may be able to leave a lump under a cloth over night or longer).

The most prominent side effect of the plasticity is its stickiness, this body is extremely sticky. It will stick to your hands, to the table, to the cutting wire, anything that touches it. During trimming it will stick back to itself and tools. If you attach ware to the wheelhead with water to trim, it will stick fast there also. After trimming it balls up under your fingers if you attempt to round corners by pressing on them. However if you stiffen the body to optimal throwing stiffness, it will be much less sticky."