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    terraforma reacted to neilestrick in Are Cone 5/6 Ceramics Correctly Referred To As "stoneware"?   
    Stoneware can be mid range 5/6 or high fire 9/10. Same with porcelain. Be careful when you buy commercial glazes, because many 5/6 glazes and 9/10 are referred to as high fire stoneware glazes. Always look at the cone number.
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    terraforma reacted to Mark C. in Brent Foot Pedal--Ugh.   
    Two things-the foot petal needs ajustment-that flimsy piece you installed has two adjustments on it one is blue one is red-use a straight blade screwdriver.These always need adjusting when installed. These two start the wheel and control the high end speed. Take the foot pedal bottom plate off and with wheel turned on adjust these two plastic knobs. This will cure your issues.Now since this is a new thing for you it may take a few go roounds to get the relationship betwwen the two adjustments as they effect one another.Set the start knob 1st(low end speed) then set the high speed knob. Then the low speed may need to be changed-once this relationship is set right-you can forget about it for decades.Brent has had this part in its foot pedals for 45 years.The guts of a shimp wisper are far worse than this solid aluninum pedal.
    If this does not fix it call Brent as it may be your control board (I doubt this but its the next thing)Its a bit more work to install as its a mother board so I suggest someone who works with electronics.or wiring.
    I'm sure this is s simple adjustment as there are never right out od the parts bag.
    Mark
     
    PS SHIMPO IS NO LONGER MADE IN JAPAN its all china and the quality you remember is gone.
    Brent is still a USA made deal and the quality is checked.Yes you had a bad part but it happens now and then.
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    terraforma reacted to bciskepottery in Recommendations For Levelling A New Kiln Installation?   
    Large flat metal washers from the hardware store.  Or just pieces of flat scrap metal from a metal shop.  You probably won't need more than one or two.  Maybe 1/8 inch thick unless your floor is seriously un-level.  My L&L dealer used one or two metal tabs, nothing fancy. 
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    terraforma reacted to oldlady in Cleaning Up Batts After Firing Disaster   
    someone should attach this to the question about using the wrong temp clay and glaze and point out that THIS COULD BE YOUR KILN!
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    terraforma reacted to JohnnyK in Damp Box Construction Question   
    I built a dampbox in 2013 and used about 2" of potter's plaster. The plaster set up nicely without any crumbly edges. As an experiment, I have a cup which has been stored in the box since April of 2013. Today the cup is still not leather hard and almost as soft as the day I threw it. I add  about a quart of water to the box about every six months and since the lid fits tightly there is very little evaporation. I plan on leaving the cup in the box maybe forever just to see if it ever starts to harden.
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    terraforma reacted to Foxden in How Do You Clean Off Spot On Kiln Lid?   
    My first electric kiln had the imprint of a glove permanently branded on the lid. A reminder not to leave things on the kiln lid. The reminder has lasted a lifetime.
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    terraforma reacted to Biglou13 in How Long Is A 5 Gallon Bucket Good For   
    lids will fail before bucket
    cheap lids even quicker
    i prefer the lids that come on the buckets vs after market (lowes,homedepot)
     
    i get pickle buckets from sandwich shops with orginal lids    sometimes free up to 3 dollars
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    terraforma reacted to PRankin in Can't See Cones Through Peep Hole   
    And don't touch your lips directly on the peep hole. It's hot!
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    terraforma reacted to neilestrick in Can't See Cones Through Peep Hole   
    Just be careful that the peep hole doesn't have dust in it, or you'll be blowing dust onto your molten glazes.
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    terraforma reacted to Jorg in Can't See Cones Through Peep Hole   
    the easiest way to see them.... just blow a little air into the peep hole (with your mouth) , like blowing out a candle...then for some 2-3 seconds you can see the cone!
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    terraforma reacted to oldlady in Recommendations For Los Angeles-Area Electrician With Kiln Experience?   
    try contacting a supplier in the area and ask for names of potters who have electric kilns.  ask who repairs kilns and the experiences of those who used that person.
     
    put an ad up on a bulletin board at the suppliers, try the colleges in the area, ask at a craft fair, etc.
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    terraforma reacted to neilestrick in Which Electric Kiln Do You Like And Why   
    A 10 cubic kiln will need a 60 amp breaker or greater. A cone 8 model will pull 48 amps, requiring a 60 amp breaker. A cone 10 model will pull closer to 60 amps and need an 80 amp breaker. Even 7 cubic models will pull 48 amps and need a 60 amp breaker. If you have #6 wire, you can go up to 60 amps without changing the wire if the run is not too long. To go up to 80 amps you'll need larger wire. If you need more info on L&L, feel free to contact me.
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    terraforma reacted to dhPotter in Old Ci Creative Industries Wheel On An Orange Rectangle Metal Table?   
    Some potters use a big car washing sponge and place it either at 10 or 2 o'clock to catch the slurry as it flies off the wheel. They have the sponge just touching the wheel head with some kind of weight behind it to keep it snug to the wheel head.
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    terraforma reacted to rayaldridge in The Holy Grail—A ^10 Clear Gloss Glaze Compatible With Amaco Velvet Underglazes?   
    There's probably nothing magic about the high reduction fire... but it has always seemed to me that the mark of the fire is more apparent, and happy accidents more common in that range.  When I was a fulltime working potter, I tended to fire to 11, which might have been getting carried away.
     
    Still, I think that if you're a good potter, your work will be good no matter what you fire to.  I'm a great admirer of the English slipware potters, for example. 
     
    As I said, I should probably start a new thread.  I apologize to the original poster for the hijack.
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    terraforma reacted to rayaldridge in The Holy Grail—A ^10 Clear Gloss Glaze Compatible With Amaco Velvet Underglazes?   
    It seems a shame to me that many potters have abandoned firing at 10 in reduction.  I did for many years, and only began to explore oxidation out of grim necessity.  The higher range has many benefits.
     
    The only useful observation I can make is that in formulating a glaze for your purposes, avoid zinc.
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    terraforma reacted to Mark C. in The Holy Grail—A ^10 Clear Gloss Glaze Compatible With Amaco Velvet Underglazes?   
    Yes I have one that is clear and glossy-I am firing today a cone 10 glaze -I'll look it up and take a photo of its use for you. It is clear and I have used it for years (like 35-40) It best put on as a thin coat. If it bubbles rub them out. It does not crawl.
    Good to see someone else  working in cone 10 reduction
    I have used this mainly on porcelain bodies over drawings.I did post it once years ago but the folks who work in cone 10 here are few and far between ,but let me go get it from studio.
    You will have to test the results over amaco underglazes as that is an unknown.
    PS I'm not laughing at all-not if you asked for a clear matt that one is funny
    Mark
    heres some work  using this glaze covering a few decades-like the 70's and 80's-the clear is on Porc-fired to at least cone cone 9-10 reduction
    This glaze is called
     
    HT 51cone 9-10
    Kingman feldspar(potash for those who do not have this spar)- 27
    Ball Clay OM4                                                                              19.5
    Whiting                                                                                         19.5
    silica 325 mesh                                                                             34                            




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    terraforma got a reaction from Humboldt Potter in Photography Backgrounds   
    I've learned that it's good to have photos of your work against an all-white background with minimal shadows, in addition to the "lifestyle" shots and graduated background images—this is how a lot of sites/graphic designers/etc. want to have them so that they can easily "slice" the image away from the background and insert it into whatever format they're using (postcards, websites, etc.), to achieve consistency with images from multiple sources. You can do this on the super-cheap and achieve really good results: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html — this box works well with outdoor light as well as studio light.
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    terraforma reacted to Mark C. in The Holy Grail—A ^10 Clear Gloss Glaze Compatible With Amaco Velvet Underglazes?   
    (working well specifically over the Amaco Velvet underglazes. .)
    ​Not many cone 10 folks around here. I would mix up a test batch and test it as it may work well for you.
    Mark
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    terraforma got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Photography Backgrounds   
    I've learned that it's good to have photos of your work against an all-white background with minimal shadows, in addition to the "lifestyle" shots and graduated background images—this is how a lot of sites/graphic designers/etc. want to have them so that they can easily "slice" the image away from the background and insert it into whatever format they're using (postcards, websites, etc.), to achieve consistency with images from multiple sources. You can do this on the super-cheap and achieve really good results: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html — this box works well with outdoor light as well as studio light.
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    terraforma reacted to Chantay in Underglaze Issue   
    The thumping noise you hear is my head against my wedging table.
     
    So first I switched underglazes from closed down local co. to Amaco.  Then I switched to a new clear cover glaze. Most recent is Laguna Morraccan Sand MSD-29.  I had called Laguna and asked specifically for a clear glaze to cover under glaze.  This is the glaze that was recommended.  I first did a test tile.  Colors looked good.  Well, the tiles were all flat.  When I did some mishima on a bowl with the underglaze it ran.  I have used this underglaze on several other items. Flat items are OK.  Vertical runs.  I will do a round of test tiles next glaze firing but hoping for some suggestions.  Crappy cell phone pic attached for your enjoyment. 
     
     
    Well, verizon is holding my pic hostage.  I will post it when there is free space on the inter web. 
     
     
     
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    terraforma reacted to bciskepottery in Rehydrating Old Glazes   
    Think about letting the glazes dry out completely, then crumble (wearing an appropriately rated mask to protect yourself), then add water.  The smaller and dryer the pieces, the easier they will rehydrate.  Finally, sieve before using. 
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    terraforma reacted to Mark C. in Accounting Software?   
    Quicken or quickbooks-you need to tweek it to your needs-Being an artist also means being a bookkeeper-sales rep-chief cook and garbage person.
    Some of these tasks are not fun but vital. I have not heard about artist friendly software other than a coton tee shirt.
    Mark
     
    one last note whatever you learn software wise you will be using ot for long time so pick wisely.
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    terraforma reacted to Chilly in Craft Shows... Tips For Success   
    I think this is such good advice.  Doesn't matter what is being sold, if there's no price/price list some people won't stop and look for fear of being out of their depth.  Also a good idea to have pieces in a range of prices, so that people can buy something even if they can't afford the bigger things.  It might draw them back next time.
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    terraforma reacted to TJR in Craft Shows... Tips For Success   
    This will sound dumb, but you actually have to put prices on your work where they are visible. Not on the bottom. On the handle, or the rim. Customers hate asking how much something costs. Some sellers don't bother pricing at all. Not a good move. This says that you are unprepared, or that you are making up the prices as you go along.
    TJR.
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    terraforma reacted to Min in Craft Shows... Tips For Success   
    As well as having a good positive attitude and being able to read customers and make appropriate comments I think dress is very important. Most of my customers are well dressed and groomed which leads me to believe a couple things, firstly they have money and secondly they care about appearance. If they can relate to the way I look, even if it's on a subliminal level, I think they are more likely to enter my booth / tent in the first place.  In my workshop my hair is tied back, I wear yoga pants and T-shirts, when I'm selling the good clothes come out.
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