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  1. Slab work is usually thicker than thrown pieces, when ever you have explosions it comes from moisture. If you live in a humid area your slabs may not be totally dry, sometimes Kansas can be humid for days. Often setting a piece in the sun would finish drying it, if my kitchen oven was big enough I would heat it at the lowest temperature of the oven. If it is large work you can candle it over night in your kiln. Candling on a manual kiln is putting one control on low overnight and then continue with the firing in the morning. Denice
  2. If you make your own glaze, you need to make up test samples of some different formulas. Purchased glaze cannot be easily change, trying a different brand might help. It is probably the clay, if you are firing C5/6 glazes you need a clay that is C5/6 not one that can fire to 7,8,9,10. Denice
  3. A couple of years ago I threw away a Paragon that was 40 years old that looked like the same model as yours. I had maintained it well, but with heat and age the bricks were crumbly. When I took the jacket off the bricks broke and crumbled into a million bits. I wouldn't buy any replacement parts until I take the jacket and see how well it holds up. When you buy another kiln get one that comes in three sections, they are much easier to work on and move. Volunteer to help with firing a electric kiln, tell your professor that you are wanting to learn how to fire them. Learning how to load one will also save you a lot of headaches later when you load your own kiln. Denice
  4. I have use Duncan Clear glaze many times to rescue a glaze that I put on too thin. It fires from C04 to Cone5/6, Duncan has three different types of this protective clear glaze. The gallon I have is very old, Duncan only had one type of clear to select from years ago. You would have to do a little research to figure out which one would work the best on a salt glaze. Denice
  5. I would have to say no, I have seen to many disasters where a low fire piece was stuck in a high fire. The person swore it was high fire clay, I have fired a few pots made with my clay by friends and neighbors, but I am usually unhappy with glaze applications and do some clean up before I fire them. Denice
  6. Booth looks great as usual, did you sell out! Denice
  7. 1,000 gram batches are much more accurate and easier to make. I never considered myself a math whiz but I managed to hold my own. When I got my degree I had to take college algebra, it didn't click with my brain. I decided to treat it like a history class and memorize it, I nearly got a A, I had to take a state test and got the same grade. My husband and son are math people, they tell me that they feel like they were born understanding it. Denice
  8. We take a show car to car shows all summer unless it is miserably hot. A few years ago the temps really went up and it was 105 in no time, people were lined up at the food truck. We thought it was to hot to eat and had a couple of bottles of water for lunch. The next day we heard that everyone who ate at the food truck got food poisoning. Denice
  9. You can find smaller trucks at estate sales that can carry a ton. You have to get to the sale early, when we bought our Dodge Dakota we found two other small trucks at estate sales. They were already sold but they gave us a good idea what we should pay. Most of the trucks and cars at estate sales have low miles. Face book is also a good place to find a bargain. Denice
  10. I have never done a art festival but I did Home Shows for 15 years when I owned a wallpaper store. We couldn't have coolers at the show so I would stick a couple of bottles of water, banana, granola bar and a yogurt in a big purse. We weren't suppose to bring food into the booths, they wanted you to buy everything from the snack bar. I would buy a bottle of water and eat my lunch at one of the snack tables. No one ever said anything to me, you can't eat snack bar food for three days. Denice
  11. When I was in high school our pottery teacher would have us buy a styrofoam ball or head, We would build our clay work on it, when it was firm enough, we would pour lacquer thinner on it and melt the styrofoam. The problems the students would have was working to thin and waiting to long to melt it, both problems cause major cracking. You can make a round sphere by covering a balloon with plaster. You could make the first half making sure to leave some notches so you can align it later. When the first half is set up vasoline the edge and notches well, place the plaster side down in the bowl that is supporting your balloon and plaster the other side. Denice
  12. I am glad you decided to wait on your kiln project. A few years ago we had a potter on this forum wire a kiln into his Victorian house with old knob and tube wiring. His house nearly burned down the first time he fired it. His neighbor who was supposedly a electrician did the work. Finding a good electrician during the pandemic would be difficult. Denice
  13. Great product, it has inspired me to try a idea that has been rattling around in my head. I have a electric rotating disc from a window display when I owned a store. It will spin at the pace you set it at for years. I have a old banding wheel that doesn't spin anymore, I am going to try taping them together and see how it works. If it works I will anchor them together permanently. I love putting together old junky items and making them use able again. The older I get the less I want to buy and the madder I get about companies making junk products that have to go directly in the landfill. Old hippie venting! Denice
  14. I was glancing at the items up for auction and found 13 Brent Model B and IE wheels in Columbus Ohio. They also had a Bailey STFL delux 38/25 gas kiln in Chattanooga TN. Denice
  15. I was looking at purchasing a good banding wheel this year, but I am starting on another mural. It will probably be next year on the banding wheel, looks like I will only be purchasing clay. Denice
  16. I pour some apple cider vinegar in my palm and spread it all over my hands. I do this after I have quit for the day and washed up, the cider replaces the chemicals that the clay pulled off. Your hands may smell like vinegar for a few minutes, but it is worth it. do not rinse off. My dog loves the smell and follows me around until it wears off. I use Vasoline if I need any lotion but that doesn't happen very often. Denice
  17. Another plus about slam wedging is that you wedge up 25lbs of clay at one slamming session. I wished I had known about it earlier in my career, my hand doctor wants to operate on my right wrist again. I left wrist just finished healing from my surgery last November. Denice
  18. I use the slam method to wedge up my clay if needed, what cone of clay are you working with. I work with C5/6 and find that the blocks of clay are real stiff, slamming them will soften it up. I discovered that when you put the block of clay in a 5 gal bucket of water over night it will be the perfect consistency for throwing in the morning. No slamming needed, the open plastic end on the clay should stay above the water level. Denice
  19. I never considered welding my own slab roller. My husband likes welding but isn't that good at it, he decided he needed a better welder. He bought new one a couple of years ago and hasn't used it yet. I took welding in college, my teacher said I was good at it but I didn't like it. Maybe I should start using that new welder. Denice
  20. My big Skutt was my most expensive purchase, it was used but needed elements and a new cord. My Bailey slab roller with the added cost of building a table for it was second. My new AIM test kiln and Brent wheel were about the same price as the slab roller. Best buy for the money was the slab roller, I have used it more than any of the other equipment. I have never had to fix it and it works like a new one, I could sell it easily for the money I have in it. I will probably keep it until I kick the bucket, people will be walking past it at my estate sale wondering what in the heck it was used for. Denice
  21. If you have snap on lids that are hard to remove you can buy a tool at a paint store that makes it a lot easier, gentle on your hands. I got one as a gift, it is yellow heavy plastic L shaped with a pry type edge on one end. It is made for removing 5 gal lids, they are inexpensive. Denice
  22. It is also great for using to trim wallpaper, hold the smoother against the ceiling tightly and cut along the edge with your sharp wallpaper knife. I have never thought of using it with plaster or clay, I think I have one in storage if not they are inexpensive. Another great thing you will find in a wallpaper store is a plastic and mesh strainer, fits on a 5 gal bucket and cost a few dollars. They make it for painters to pour paint through when they are mixing (booking) several gallons of paint together. Works great for your first pour when you make 5 gallons of glaze. You never would have guessed I owned a wallpaper and paint store years ago. Denice
  23. Sit for throwing, mostly standing for hand building, usually up and down like a yo yo. Use to sit a lot because of my bad feet, now that I am older everything hurts so I just keep moving. Denice
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