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  1. Thanks Ron, Neil and Joseph lotsa good ideas. I am not really handy or spry (will be 80 in a month) but I crawled under the kiln today, disconnected things and, using the perturbation method, got the motor working again. I recently bought new ducting so now its the collection box that has to be replaced - any more perturbation of that and it will be a pile of rust. Joseph your message indicated that you can buy the box separately from the rest of the system, I guess the next step is to get in touch with L&L and see if they'll sell me one. Thanks everyone for all the help, Joan.
  2. Thanks Ron but I must not have been very clear. The collecting box is a disintegrating entity and the motorized fan does not work at all. Joan
  3. I would like to reopen this topic. I have a ten year old L&L JD230 and the venting system (L&L Sure Vent) is shot - from the collecting box immediately under the kiln to the motor. I am considering either replacing the system with another Sure Vent or switching to a Skutt Envirovent 2. Any advice? any experience with the Envirovent 2? Any other system to recommend? One factor that is important to me is ease of replacement. Thanks for any input, Joan
  4. Your pots from your first firing are amazing - and then they get even better. My favorite is the mug on the right in the top row of your new work. It has a relaxed, carefree air while the one to the left is more stern and serious, keeping an eye on that young punk to the right who doesn't know how dangerous the world can be - made me laugh. Congratulations.
  5. I forgot to mention that my friend did not transfer the photographs to the bowls and plates but developed simple line drawings from the photos and used these as the basis for his china painting. Thus, art by local artist.
  6. If your wife opts for china painting she does not have to stop at tiles. I have a friend who bought assorted white plates and bowls, took photographs of local beach scenes - pier, lifeguard station, passing bicycle riders and used these images to decorate the recycled ware. They sold very well at a gift shop located on the pier - as art by local artist. He quite enjoyed the project.
  7. Anatoosh if your wheel is new the dealer should really be expected to help you solve the problem. But, if you can't get help from them call Laguna (800 452-4862) and if possible speak to Sergio at Extension 207. When one of the belts on my Pacifica broke I was advised to replace all 4, I talked to Sergio who was a tremendous help. A wonderful old guy (almost as old as me) who assured me that I could certainly replace them myself and when I drove to Laguna (Califormia) to pick up the replacement belts he had even set up a little demo in the warehouse, showing me how to do it - from removing
  8. China painters use a compound called raised enamel to create texture on glazed surfaces. This is then fired(post glazing) to a very low temperature - around cone 018 or slightly higher. It can be colored with China Paint stains to give colored texture. Does anyone out there have a recipe for this compound? It is commercially available but usually comes in very small quantities which makes experimentation on large surfaces a bit extravagant.
  9. Pugaboo's article looks like the one I was thinking of - but what guage wire? Can hardly wait to get started for replying, thanks, Joan. /
  10. I recently read a description of a bead tree that someone made to fire their glazed beads and pendants. However, I forget where and roaming around online has not turned up anything. My major questions are a) what guage nichrome wire to use, and where to buy the wire? I can pretty well recall the other pertinent parts so I would really appreciate your help with the other two factors. Thanks for being there and have a lovely Thanksgiving day, Joan.
  11. There are also ways to get a multicolored look on top of a higher fired glaze surface using china paints. One project we did in my china painting class was to create a surface that looked like malachite. Since china paints are transparent a very interesting surface can be reached with multiple firings using different colored paints. The problem with china paints on functional ware is that the paints do contain some lead and so might not be acceptable on surfaces that come into contact with food.
  12. Yes, thanks Joel for the challenge idea and the energy to keep it moving. Each challenge I vow to myself to make something to enter - but chicken out in the end. Those who participate come up with such beautiful projects I'm abashed. But it sure is fun looking at the great pieces braver souls offer to the rest of us.
  13. For advice on china/porcelain painting, guidance to suppliers etc you might try contacting Marci Blattenberger at rxguitar@Comcast.net. She manages an online forum ppio.com which can also be very helpful.
  14. I have used both homemade colored slips and Amaco Velvet underglazes in the Lana Wilson manner successfully. I believe that Lana Wilson does the same in the video you mentioned. Some underglazes are certainly opaque, probably not all.
  15. You inspired me to go back and look at the article by Deanna Ranlett, I couldn't remember whether I included the zircopax and tin oxide when trying out different stains. The answer is yes, Ms Ranlett speculated that the addition of these opacifiers helped the color "float" and that without them the results were not nearly so satisfying. Did you omit or include these in your tests?
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