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Drying Bamboo Quickly

24 April 2016 - 07:39 PM

Anybody know how to speed dry black bamboo without it cracking? Also, how to stain regular coloured bamboo a dark brown? (I need the chair caning I’m using with it to match the bamboo so I can’t torch the bamboo)  I’ve read of using Rit Dye with alcohol and also heating up Rit Dye and water and simmering the bamboo, anyone know if either of these methods actually works? Wood stain?


Thanks for any suggestions.

Test Sieve

30 March 2016 - 10:03 PM

Thought I would do a quick post of the test size sieves I make.  I got tired of paying 23- for the Talisman ones from my local supplier so I had a rummage through Home Depot for plumbing bits and bought some stainless screen for 2- a running inch (by 12” wide) from the ceramics supplier.


Plumbing PVC reducer, piece of irrigation pipe, 3” of mesh.  On the inside of the reducer there is a flange, I cut the mesh to fit that, cut off a length of the irrigation pipe then tap the pipe into the reducer and it’s done.


With the first one I made I glued the mesh in with cement so I didn’t have leakage between the 2 pieces of plastic, I was concerned about a darker glaze contaminating lighter glaze if I didn’t get it all washed out. Worked okay but I couldn’t separate the two pieces when I needed to replace the mesh. Now I tap the piece of pipe in, no cement, the 2 pieces fit really tightly together. I cut the pipe long enough to have about 1/2” sticking out at the bottom so I can wiggle it out with a pair of pliers when I need to replace the screen or really wash it out. 1 for light glazes, 1 for dark. 



Glaze Database

08 March 2016 - 12:06 PM

Came across a glaze database with 1739 recipes, thought I would share the link for anyone looking for a named glaze recipe. (cone 4,5,6 come after the cone 12 recipes). All cone ranges, very few pictures though.



New Blue Pigment

29 February 2016 - 10:29 PM

Oregon State U chemists have come up with a "brilliant new blue pigment" they are calling "YlnMn" blue. Manganese plus other mystery chemicals, a bit of abracadabra and good luck then heated to approx 2000F. Intended use is for coatings, plastics and possibly roofing materials. Even though it contains manganese they claim it's non toxic.  


I wonder if it would survive in glazes so we can cut back on cobalt use, plus I'm thinking it must be cheaper than cobalt if they are thinking of using it for roofing product use.

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Vector Images

27 January 2016 - 03:07 PM

Does anyone know of easy to use free (or cheap) vector software? I'm looking for one where I can enlarge images for decals and cut a single (vector) image from a page of images and repeat it. I've tried Inkscape but even with the tutorials I had problems with it. I'm next to useless with this type of program so simpler would be better if anyone knows of one.


Thanks in advance for any help!