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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    Silly or stupid-its a toss up
    lets see back in art school aerly 70s -well lets call him Ed (to protect the stupid) stacked the 36 cubic Alpine with bisque ware one late afternoon and started a candle falme on kiln and left-I was throwing late after after a few hours we all heard a huge Kabam sound and dust shot out of kiln room in huge clouds. What the heck we all slowly went it to see what that cpould have been???
    Seems Ed did not know about lining up all the posts on top of each other on shelves-he just put them where he felt like and the whole load collapsed to the floor taking out all the greenware-all 26 cubic feet of it.Many people where not happy with Ed after that.
    Lets move forward about 5 years and Ed was firing his 1st homemade catanary  arch kiln-it was propane-he had trouble lighting it-has the gas on and then turned it off and went for more matches-stated the burners again and Kabam as the kiln had lots of heavy propane still trapped in foor area it went off like a bomb. The arch went up -he was crouched to the side  and was knocked away of front wall as both front and rear walls blew out and arch came down in pieces-a complete loss of wares and kiln. He was ok but shaken.I was about 25 feet away at the time.
    Fast forward about two more years 
    Ed called me to see if I was interested in buying all his stuff which I did at that time.I figure I saved many many  a pots from destruction getting Ed out of clay .
    Never heard from Ed again but if you hear a huge Kabam sound he may  around still.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    A sugar jar, that looks like it's coated in sugary glaze!
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    Benzine reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    A sugar jar from last fall, but playing with photo editing. 

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    Benzine reacted to Pres in Bailey Pro Xl vs Shimpo Vl Whisper   
    I love my CXC, slow when I need, fast as need be, and enough power I can't torque it slower. If having trouble with speed check with Brent as the foot pedals and speed setup is adjustable.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Babs in How to Move Heavy Greenware   
    Also make sure is placed on surface which allows it to slide smoothly over kiln shelf as it expands and shrinks during firing.
    Research that on these
    forums
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in How to Move Heavy Greenware   
    This all sounds do-able with some big guys-maybe the ropes for slowing  the drop into a kiln.
    fire slower than you think by double what slow should be-that means a very very slowly-this kind of thing seems to always crack or blow up. Candle  a day or two on low an dthen very slwly bring it up-slowly
    did I mention take it slow?
    If you are not the firing oprerson tell them this.
     
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    Benzine reacted to Mark C. in How to Move Heavy Greenware   
    Heres  the real deal on firing large sculpure 
    You plan on the firing 1st before making any clay item-you figure out all the steps 1st
    You figure out the firing- the kiln shelf system-and build it on a base that can be fired and a pallet to move it
    Second you then figure out if it will fit on a car in car kiln or do you need to make a fiber kiln around then extra large object. Meaning I have seen more than one fiber top hat kiln made that fits over said large object to fire it. If its an electric kiln you can take all the firing rings off and then stack them over said large object to fire after seting it on floor.
    the main idea is all this need to be thought out 1st noit after the fact. 
    since it sounds like you did the opposite then you will have to reverse engineer all the steps.
    100 lbs is not to heavy for two large guys to lift-hands are more easy on greenware than ropes or slings
    This learning curve will be brutal-just the nature of the beast-and it sounds like a beast-how about a photo so we can better reverse engineer what you are trying to move.
    Right now its pure guesswork
    goggle skyhook its a dream hook that moves anywhere still in the draam state of R&D
     
     
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    Benzine reacted to Min in Rinse greenware before firing??   
    To rinse off bisque ware is a very individual decision, I don't think it's a yes or no decision. How porous the pots are, how thick the walls are, brushing versus dipping versus spraying glaze, specific gravity of the glaze etc. If I rinse my pots off it would be a couple days before they are dry enough to glaze,  for me if I think they need it I just wipe them down with a damp sponge and that's enough. 
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    Benzine got a reaction from Callum Donovan-Grujicich in How to Move Heavy Greenware   
    Almost anytime, that myself or my students have made something large, I had them build it on a kiln shelf, or something else, that can just go in the kiln with it. 
    That gave us something strong to grab on to, while we were moving them. 
    As others have stated, showing us some reference photos, would allow everyone here to better help  with the problem. 
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    Benzine got a reaction from Min in How to Move Heavy Greenware   
    Almost anytime, that myself or my students have made something large, I had them build it on a kiln shelf, or something else, that can just go in the kiln with it. 
    That gave us something strong to grab on to, while we were moving them. 
    As others have stated, showing us some reference photos, would allow everyone here to better help  with the problem. 
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    Benzine got a reaction from dAO in Rinse greenware before firing??   
    I never clean off greenware, other than touching up some rough spots or marks, with a damp sponge. 
    If you are going to apply an underglaze to the greenware, giving it a good wipe down might be a good idea.  The same is true if you are single firing, and applying a glaze to a raw clay body.  This will just remove anything that could cause the glaze or underglaze to not stick. 
     
    When it comes to glazing bisqueware, I give everything a good rinse under a faucet, for the same reason, I mentioned above.  I also make sure that I wash my hands before handing the cleaned bisqueware.  I do this, so I'm not getting the naturally occurring oils from my hands on the ceramic, which can resist the glazes.  I also don't use lotion or anything of the like when I'm glazing.  This can get a bit annoying, because while I'm glazing a bunch of wares, I am usually rinsing my hands a lot, which means my hands are getting dry. 
     
     
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in How to Move Heavy Greenware   
    Best to move it at the leather-hard stage, if it's not too late. It will be strongest then. 
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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in Is frit necessary?   
    It's not necessary, it just helps oxides "stick" to bare clay.  A glaze is already fluxed, so using oxides with water is fine.  Look at fine asian brushwork pieces, you can watch them mix their pigments. Manganese and cobalt for black, cobalt oxide for blue, it's imptessive.  One small mistake and it's ruined forever.
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    Benzine reacted to neilestrick in Is frit necessary?   
    I would use the frit. Some stains are fairly refractory, and the frit will help them melt into the majolica glaze, especially since majolica glazes are quite stiff. It will also dilute the stain, so you don't end up with it being too intense. Another thing you can do is use the majolica glaze as a base for your overglaze colors. You'd have to test the proportions that work best, but I'd start with 50/50 and go from there. It all depends on how intense you want the colors to be. Using CMC gum in the mix will make it brush on better, and keep everything suspended in the water, especially if you're just using stain and frit.
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    I had a pair of cutters that work like vise grips, they cut very easily with my arthritic hands, but they were borrowed and not returned!
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    For more consistent firings, switch over to bars for the setter. Don't break as easily, smaller, and no way to place them to high or to low. I do realize that you are only using for backup, but they are better.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Ask them to order you some
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    Benzine reacted to liambesaw in How Strong Is Unfired Clay?   
    If you tried firing it in a fire pit, chances are he'd have nothing to turn in.  Pit firing is very stressful for clay, so there's a high risk of it blowing up or breaking into many pieces.  
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    Benzine got a reaction from Chilly in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    One of the worst sounds, I've ever heard, was when I tried to sharpen an underglaze stick, in a hand sharpener.  Normally high pitched noises don't get me, but this one did...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Rae Reich in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    One of the worst sounds, I've ever heard, was when I tried to sharpen an underglaze stick, in a hand sharpener.  Normally high pitched noises don't get me, but this one did...
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    Benzine got a reaction from Roberta12 in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Love those @liambesaw !
     
    My first thought was, that they looked industrial/ like something automotive related. 
    In regards to the topic question, I think it is best to err on the side of caution.  Like many have pointed out, we don't know the actual numbers, due to the lack of testing. 
    I live in a relatively rural State, and in a very tiny town, yet we still have cases.  My Father, initially thought this whole thing was overblown, and now the County he lives in, has one of the highest case numbers in the State. 
    As a teacher, the repercussions are just tragic, especially for the Seniors, the retiring teachers, those in activities and athletics, and worst of all, those "At Risk" students who depend on School for structure and a sense of normalcy. 
    My District is currently only doing "Voluntary Learning".   We provide optional resources for students, and don't have to make up the days.  We may yet go to "Required Learning", at least for High School, but that will obviously present even more obstacles.  My Three-Dimensional class, was half way through a project, with at least two left.  That class is mostly clay work, so obviously it will be difficult to give them the same experience, at home. 
    I don't think a lot of it has set in yet.  I'm just kind of numb to it all, as this is indeed unprecedented.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Love those @liambesaw !
     
    My first thought was, that they looked industrial/ like something automotive related. 
    In regards to the topic question, I think it is best to err on the side of caution.  Like many have pointed out, we don't know the actual numbers, due to the lack of testing. 
    I live in a relatively rural State, and in a very tiny town, yet we still have cases.  My Father, initially thought this whole thing was overblown, and now the County he lives in, has one of the highest case numbers in the State. 
    As a teacher, the repercussions are just tragic, especially for the Seniors, the retiring teachers, those in activities and athletics, and worst of all, those "At Risk" students who depend on School for structure and a sense of normalcy. 
    My District is currently only doing "Voluntary Learning".   We provide optional resources for students, and don't have to make up the days.  We may yet go to "Required Learning", at least for High School, but that will obviously present even more obstacles.  My Three-Dimensional class, was half way through a project, with at least two left.  That class is mostly clay work, so obviously it will be difficult to give them the same experience, at home. 
    I don't think a lot of it has set in yet.  I'm just kind of numb to it all, as this is indeed unprecedented.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Babs in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Love those @liambesaw !
     
    My first thought was, that they looked industrial/ like something automotive related. 
    In regards to the topic question, I think it is best to err on the side of caution.  Like many have pointed out, we don't know the actual numbers, due to the lack of testing. 
    I live in a relatively rural State, and in a very tiny town, yet we still have cases.  My Father, initially thought this whole thing was overblown, and now the County he lives in, has one of the highest case numbers in the State. 
    As a teacher, the repercussions are just tragic, especially for the Seniors, the retiring teachers, those in activities and athletics, and worst of all, those "At Risk" students who depend on School for structure and a sense of normalcy. 
    My District is currently only doing "Voluntary Learning".   We provide optional resources for students, and don't have to make up the days.  We may yet go to "Required Learning", at least for High School, but that will obviously present even more obstacles.  My Three-Dimensional class, was half way through a project, with at least two left.  That class is mostly clay work, so obviously it will be difficult to give them the same experience, at home. 
    I don't think a lot of it has set in yet.  I'm just kind of numb to it all, as this is indeed unprecedented.
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    Benzine got a reaction from Rae Reich in QotW: What are your beliefs about the time to reopen the economy and returning to Summer craft shows?   
    Love those @liambesaw !
     
    My first thought was, that they looked industrial/ like something automotive related. 
    In regards to the topic question, I think it is best to err on the side of caution.  Like many have pointed out, we don't know the actual numbers, due to the lack of testing. 
    I live in a relatively rural State, and in a very tiny town, yet we still have cases.  My Father, initially thought this whole thing was overblown, and now the County he lives in, has one of the highest case numbers in the State. 
    As a teacher, the repercussions are just tragic, especially for the Seniors, the retiring teachers, those in activities and athletics, and worst of all, those "At Risk" students who depend on School for structure and a sense of normalcy. 
    My District is currently only doing "Voluntary Learning".   We provide optional resources for students, and don't have to make up the days.  We may yet go to "Required Learning", at least for High School, but that will obviously present even more obstacles.  My Three-Dimensional class, was half way through a project, with at least two left.  That class is mostly clay work, so obviously it will be difficult to give them the same experience, at home. 
    I don't think a lot of it has set in yet.  I'm just kind of numb to it all, as this is indeed unprecedented.
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