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oddartist

Member Since 25 Jul 2016
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In Topic: Why Didn't Someone Tell Me About Paperclay!?!

20 April 2017 - 09:54 PM

So far my only complaints are:

  1. It's addictive.
  2. Tried re-bisqueing a mask that had come loose from the base (all the same paperclay), which I had tried to reattach with more paperclay. Did not work at all. Came loose again immediately.
  3. I have to babysit the fully-open garage during the burn-out stage so the neighbors don't panic and call the Fire Department. Curious as to what this might do to the kiln coils. I don't put the plugs in until it quits smelling like a campfire.

Cool things I've discovered:

  1. I can roll it out thin and use scissors to cut shapes when it's partially dried. Almost like cutting thick felt.
  2. I can forget to cover something I'm working on or even save pieces of a failed attempt that is bone dry and all it takes is a few spritzes of water to bring it back to life.
  3. It dries quickly enough to provide a solid backbone for delicate sculpture.

In Topic: Vent To Empty Garage Overnight

26 December 2016 - 05:02 PM

My kiln is in the garage, and when bisquing I don't bother with opening a door since the roll-up door is not a snug fit. When glazing I roll the door up a few inches (enough for the cats to get under, but not the dog) and open the side door a bit to allow air flow. I'm in CA so I'm not as cold as some of you, but the other day it was quite cold but I wanted some studio time, so I turned the kiln on low and left the lid open long enough to take the chill off so I could get some work done.

I need to get my spare propane tank filled and drag out my sunflower heater!


In Topic: Can't Locate Pemco 626 Frit Or A Substitute

26 December 2016 - 04:00 PM

Well, sounds like it's going to be more trouble than it's worth so I'll try to find something else.


In Topic: Pre Heat Greenware To Dry Out Days Before Firing

25 December 2016 - 11:50 AM

I always candle for a few hours no matter how dry things seem and I'm never had a piece explode.


In Topic: Personal Criteria Of Acceptance

25 December 2016 - 11:48 AM

I agree with Stephen. Everything eventually finds its person. I take stuff to some sales that I use simply to fill a shelf, but it amazes me how many people want that weird, misshapen bowl or that mug with the strange glaze combo, especially since I price them so cheaply. I make a couple of dollars to reimburse my materials and someone gets a cool handmade item.