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In Topic: Any Tricks For Getting Stuck Bat Pins Out?

02 May 2017 - 11:16 AM

Thanks y'all! I had been originally using a bat, but was having similar problems with the jumping or rattling when coning. I'll look into a fancy bat. At this point it's more about the fact that I can't get them out, and I want to be able to get them out. I will not admit defeat!! 


I'll try some penetrating/soaking lube and after that sets, some heat as well. 


I'm pretty sure Alpine no longer exists as a company -- this wheel was made several decades ago, or so it would seem.


And no, there are no wingnuts under the pins. I'm not THAT much of a plebe, folks  :P

In Topic: A Question About Flashing Slips

02 May 2017 - 12:03 AM

Spray soda ash (or bakiing soda) on unglazed bisque ware before loading the ware into the kiln. You can get "flashing " on most clay bodies with this technique. Slips can help too. You don't have to have a salt or soda or wood kiln to get the effects.

Test test test
vary how much where you spray and where you don't spray


Thanks so much for this advice! I tried out a handful of pieces with it, and it came out well enough that I'm going to continue experimenting. I just made a fresh batch of 50 test tiles, so I'll be testing a variety of different slips & saturations. And thanks everyone for your contributions! 

In Topic: A Question About Flashing Slips

20 April 2017 - 09:14 PM

Thanks for the response & practical wisdom, Neil! 


If I may pose a question -- would adding combustible material to the slip, or applying it after the slip is dried on the pot, be a terrible idea? Or another way to ask the question -- why would that not work? Would it essentially create the atmosphere that I am attempting to avoid? Just trying to find some clarity on this, as there doesn't seem to be much information out there on the matter.


Along that vein, what elements are present in Shino that create the flashing, and is it possible to merge the two to perhaps have some of that effect "cross over?" I'd like to eventually not be a newbie with all this, thanks so much for your time!




In Topic: I'm Trying To Figure Out How To Make A Pipe?

28 March 2017 - 11:05 PM

You might have to make it in multiple pieces. If you're making a "spoon" style pipe, it's probably easiest to do it off the hump.


Try this:


Get a small piece of clay, isolated at the top of the hump. Open middle, as usual. Pull the walls up, and then bring them together to make a hollow egg. Once you have the egg, push down in the middle to depress the top slightly into the rest of the form.


You may need to use a torch or heat gun to keep the right parts of the clay stable, like the rim along the depression, or leave the clay fairly thick at the top.


Done this way, you essentially have the shape of the "bowl." Once it dries, you can poke a hole through the top "bowl," on the side for the air in-take, and another for the mouthpiece which you might also want to throw separate.


I make something a little similar to this, and have pretty good luck doing it this way. 


Best of luck~!

In Topic: Web Site Building And Marketing

18 March 2017 - 07:27 PM

Hey there, long-time lurker here that just made an account. I've got experience building a few websites (not pottery related) and I've tried a few different things (different wordpress themes & platforms) and if you're getting into it for the first time, here are a couple things I would share with you.


Wordpress is great in that it is very flexible and there are thousands of themes you can choose from (check out www.themeforest.net). Wordpress itself is free & open source if you have it hosted using GoDaddy or Bluehost or some other hosting provider, though you likely will have to purchase a theme to get a look you want. That's all well and fine, but the most challenging thing about wordpress is learning some of the coding basics to get around, and it can be difficult to change things around unless you really know what you're doing. 


I've actually been porting my existing website and redesigning using SquareSpace. In relativity to Wordpress, there is a somewhat "limited" selection of layouts, but they are far easier to customize. The builder itself is drag-and-drop, "What you see is what you get," style builder. The site comes out looking clean and automatically adjusts to whatever device it's being viewed on (PC, tablet, phone). They have a business package that doesn't seem too expensive for what they offer: inventory & invoicing, professional email, so on and so forth, which can be really awesome depending on your needs & desires. The whole thing is VERY easy to use, and if you have any trouble their website is packed full of how-to videos -- they even run a free weekly webinar on Wednesdays to help people get the ground running.


I would say if you've never designed a site before, look into SquareSpace. Their software is great, the system is really tight and the platform is very worry-free. Price-wise, I would say it's pretty comparable to any other web-hosting service. Wordpress can get insanely expensive pretty quickly, depending on your aesthetic. Many attractive site features & options come in the form of plug-ins, which are like tiny bits of code that you upload to your website -- things like image carousels, fancy contact forms, and so on -- many of these require a purchase or even a subscription to maintain! SquareSpace gives you pretty much all of that in the package. The basic is like $8, and I think the business is like $12 or $16 when you pay up front for the year. 


Best of luck!