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TJR

Member Since 07 Dec 2011
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 05:06 PM
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In Topic: Small Jugs Pour Badly

Yesterday, 05:04 PM

Spouts need to be three times as big. Your spouts are like those on glass measuring cups that never pour. Also, the rim needs to be sharper. You pull the rim up, like you pull a handle, then squeeze it to form the spout. They always want to relax, so you have to squeeze them a couple of times. Save the butter for your toast and smash the three dud pitchers with a hammer. You will be much happier.

TJR.


In Topic: Can Anyone Help Me Fix This Glaze Problem?

23 October 2014 - 12:41 PM

Looks like an air bubble in an obvious spot. Glaze looks pretty thick too. I glaze with tongs, dip into bucket, turn mug sideways, pull out, then hold it upside down with the tongs.

Sometimes you have to finger rub some areas of glaze.

TJR.


In Topic: Grinding Clay, Use A Hammer Mill?

22 October 2014 - 02:21 PM

I missed this topic when it first came out. Thses guys are right. for the small amt. of clay you are processing, break up the pieces on a piece of canvas with a ball pene hammer.

If you are serious about crushing stuff, check out geology depts of govt. surplus.

This is the order you crush;

1,Hammer mill or jaw crusher.

2. Plate mill or corn grinder.

3.Ball mill.

If you calcine flint or granite at bisque temps in your kiln, you can grind them too.

TJR.


In Topic: Dangerous Gasses From Kiln

22 October 2014 - 02:11 PM

If you use wax resist, that burns off at a low temp. Also, sulphur dioxide comes off the clay as it is being bisqued. This is why we vent in the first place. I don't stay in my studio when the kiln is firing. Too hot!

TJR.


In Topic: What Is Your Most Valuable Piece Of Equipment In Your Studio?

21 October 2014 - 05:09 PM

I like my Brent model CXC .The bearing crapped out last year after 36 years. I had to hand build[slabs], which I liked, but people buy my pots, not so much my slabs. It was good to branch out, but throwing is my main gig.

Tom.