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  1. Maybe it's time to try LL again, I'm paying WAY more for the Tuckers.
  2. Chantay, where are you ordering the soy wax? I have been using Gulf canning wax, but it gets pretty thick unless it is really hot.
  3. OH! DAMN !! UUUUUGLY ! Let us know what Spectrum says. I would be having a fit.
  4. I used it, but quit because the grainy particles, sort of like ground up pencil erasers, caused problems with carving and detail work. I switched to Tucker's MCS, ^6. Don't like Little Loafers, too slimy.
  5. So what do you do with the 2 holes? Are they there for the buyer to do with whatever they decide is best?
  6. What is your preferred method of planning how to hang these piece when you throw and trim them? A hole in a deep foot ring? a wire wrapped and twisted? I want to offer them ready to hang, or to use and then hang back up and this is new to me.
  7. why are they called slow cool? Does Coyote recommend a cooling schedule? or is it up to you to determine what 'slow' is?
  8. hot wax whenever the form fits in the large rectangular elec skillet, much quicker, very clean line, a bit of a learning curve, but worth it if you glaze a lot of pots.
  9. You can also mix the illmenite into the clay. Or buy speckled clay, or mix some speckled clay with the non speckled clay to get just a few specks. I have done all 3 at various times, like the mix in some speckled clay approach best, more subtle specks.
  10. I have them both and they are the most helpful books I own. Had my wheel class get her throwing book, it illustrates the hand positions perfectly, step by step.
  11. Are those all the lights you use? If so, don't you need a gazillion for a double booth?
  12. I have had the 'smarter than I am' phone for 3 days. I will try to do this. Thanks This glaze looks best on heavy texture, I think, most of the colors seems to show up in the thicker, thinner breaks in design. If I'm planning on using it, I put in definite ridges and also at the foot, to slow the run. The reds seems to show up mostly on flat textured pieces. Where it sheets or pools on flat smooth clay, it shows up as a grey greenish more dull color, not what I like.
  13. Adding, I don't do a hot six, just a solid, the tip of the Self supporting cones just touch the kiln shelf or close to that. not knuckled over. ^5 is at about 2 o'clock.
  14. I don't mind posting pic, but I don't know how. I tend to spend my time on studio issues, and don't get around to adding technology, but my WFB looks much like the cover of the book. I think the cooling has a lot to do with how this glaze looks.
  15. I don't know about 'puck lights' do they come from Lowe's or Home Depot? I hate the work of setting up my lights and extension cords but know the value of lights.
  16. I am eager to hear back from her, do you all feel like we are sending our her out with our blessings to conquer the world?
  17. I use Waterfall regularly, on various clays, including Highwater's Speckled Brownstone, and don't have any troubles with it having those zits. I fire it hotter than you do, to a tip down ^6 and sometimes hotter, no bumps, and a different color, brighter amber brown with lots of variation, blues, reds and the black edging if it fires just right. I have another glaze that want to have a cottage cheese look sometimes on ^6 porcelain, but not bumps.
  18. I think the plaid fabric detracts from the pots, do you have more of the off white? Also, just some simple blocks of 4x4's to elevate some of the pieces on the flat tables will help. If you have used same glazes on several pots, grouping them together will give a unified look . If you have plates or shallow bowls, a plate stand will enhance their look. Have a good time, take food and Tylenol , and keep smiling! Let us know how it works out. Good luck.
  19. For rotating work , I have an OXO brand kitchen turntable, smooth, non jerky rotation. For banding, the heavy shimpo.
  20. try one of those hot oil radiators under the slab., they are safe to leave on and will keep the slab dry. People keep them under the kitchen cabinets on low in empty houses to keep the pipes from freezing when there is no other heat. I use them all winter in my studio to keep clay from freezing. They are not expensive, and you can get ones with timers on them to come on at night and go off when it warms up. could serve double duty in your studio.
  21. Is there a way to put some heat and air flow under the slab, maybe over night?
  22. If you start with heavy slip, what does Sodium silicate do for you other than make it more runny without the addition of more water? Does that reduce the shrinkage of the slip its self in the join? That would make sense to me, less shrinkage=less cracking. Will it work without the soda ash? What does the soda ash add to the effect?
  23. For simplicity, I use 1 tsp. colorant oxide to 1 pint of slip, thinned just to where it settles flat after stirring. It is simple to adjust that if the fired results aren't the intensity you want. With Mason stains, the shade is the same as the stain. "Tres Simple"
  24. John, you have an excellent point, and I tend to forget that. I need to look more at the wheel as a construction tool than I do.
  25. I have used it for traveling to do demonstrations, but I would NOT buy it for my regular wheel. Too limiting. Have you used different wheels? You really should try some so you can feel the difference more power and better foot pedal gives you, even as a newbie, it matters. My students took their first wheel class with 4 different regular wheels to try. The all could tell that they wanted the better quality Brent or Thomas Stuart over the smaller Pacifica and none of them would use the Artista.
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