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  1. For those who throw with a higher wheel head, what do you do when throwing a tall slender piece, stand up after centering , opening and making the first couple of pulls? I tried standing early on and could never get the clay center without being able to get over it.
  2. Thanks, I have foam around mine, for the same reason. I am very tall through my body, so coupled with the short arms,, this set up is still a struggle for me. I have to bend over a lot to get down to the wheel, May need to try throwing with the wheel head higher than my butt, I sit much more comfortably on the Brents, but don't want to give up the great foot pedal on the TS.
  3. I have the Thomas Stuart with the big splash pan and it sits me 2.5"farther from the center of the wheel that the more standard 2 piece pans do . I am struggling with arm shoulder issues when throwing smaller pieces like mugs at the center of the wheel .
  4. I have rather short arms for my height, so it is a struggle for me. I am considering getting the wheel shaft extender, since if I sit high enough to get the stool over the metal base, then I have to bend WAAAy over to getmy stubby arms and hands down to the wheel. Hoping for some others to chime in with their ideas.
  5. I decided not to get the SSX and I love my responsive foot pedal, motor. I have the 1/2 hp, it's about 6 yrs old., got it new.
  6. Have any of you struggled with how far the front of that wonderful big splash pan is from the center of the wheel? When I am throwing smaller things, like mugs, I feel like I am bending and reaching Waaaay out in front of me. Other wheels, like the Brents , are almost 2" less distance from the front to the center of the wheel head, but I LOVE my TS motor and smooth responsive foot pedal and don't want to change wheels. I have tried taking the pan off, but the steel undercarriage still limits how close I can get my stool. Have any of you made any modifications to the pan to get closer to the center of the wheel?
  7. I am so glad to hear that someone else despises those tiny nozzled squeeze bottles. I simply can not get them to work for anything. going looking for a ruling pen. I love how reading through various questions on this forum sets me off on the next journey!
  8. Thanks so much! I have onlt seen the larger triangular ones or the bars. These are exactly what I need, so I will shop until I find them.
  9. It would be for baskets and for jewelry, pendants, earrings, etc. I have looked at the wire thingies, wondered what shape to buy. I'm always looking at something new.
  10. It's not mine to use, the 2 friends don't have a clue what the dry mix is, they were given it by a woman who ran a workshop they attended a year ago in Vt. Thry are in FL and I visited them there and saw the results and want to know how to get the same glazed all over bottom . Guess I'm asking how to make some ^6 wadding stilts?
  11. A friend of a friend gave 2 of my newbie pottery friends some" powder she mixed up" that they formed into cones , bisqued and then use for supports under glazed pieces during firing. The baskets they showed me were glazed underneath everywhere except for 4 small bare circles, where the little cone shaped posts were put, stuck there with wax, according to my newbie friends. My friends are so new to pottery, they can barely describe what they have and what they did. Any idea what the 'powdered mix' is, Any idea how I would make wadding for ^6? I've never paid any attention to it because I don't do wood or gas. I DID look up 'wadding' in my Hamer and Hamer and other places, but didn't learn anything useful to me. I would love to be able to glaze my baskets all over. They are a bugger to wax, wet or hot, without getting wax showng through to the inside surface.
  12. I am a tool Ho, I want every tool made, I love my tools . I will change tools while working just to get to use another one. Now you all know my dirty secrete. ( will me getting a Do All ASAP.
  13. interesting. why not push the outside stick in the 2nd picture, until it touches the wheel head. The difference would tell you exactly how thick the untrimmed base of the pot is and what you have to work with, take out all but 1/4 " of the difference.
  14. I do this often and don't have that problem, I bisque to 04. also might try diluting the oxide a bit. I use underglaze for this technique
  15. I sign every piece with my first initial, last name. I agree that the average buyer has so little understanding of hand made that unless it is signed, they thing you bought it and are doing resale. I get asked constantly in my show booth, "Where do you buy this stuff" Oh, Lord. I made a signature stamp by signing a plaster slab, then carving out the lines with a v shaped metal tool,, pressing a chunk of porcelain into it and bisque firing the reverse. had to make a few before I got it just right, but it works very well. Things that can't be stamped, I use a dull pencil and clean up when readying for bisque.
  16. Doc, I NEED to see a picture of what you are describing. I love gizmoes.
  17. whoa, I NEED to see this. Sort of like the Strong arm tool but with a roller, how clever.
  18. I always thought centering distributed the clay evenly so that when the walls were raised, they were even in height, but this Morning I watched a video of Ben Owens beating a BIG lumpy ball of clay into an even shape and then pounding his fist into it with the wheel turning slowly to open it . So, was that clay centered? Or is he strong enough with large enough hands that he centered the pounded open ring and went from there?
  19. Doc, you have a WHAT? roller based centering tool ? These sore hands are curious.
  20. I bought the big square Scott Creek, I preferred their way of making hollow extrusions, and am glad I did. I figured I could make smaller pieces from a large box easier than I could make larger pieces from a smaller box.
  21. Can Mobil wax be thinned? Mine seems to be a lot thicker than when I open the new bottle only a month or so ago. It hasn't dried well either. ???
  22. After quite a few years of this clay addiction, my fingers are giving me trouble. Seems to be centered around gripping tools. Do any of you have good ideas for trimming tools that are more user friendly? I am thinking about whether wrapping the handles to make them larger in diameter, thus having to close my fingers less to grip them, might help.
  23. I thought it interesting that no waxing over the black inlay was done, just glaze dipped over and then ...sanded?.. off. It would be difficult for me to sand, or remove the overglaze, that perfectly.
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