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  1. I bought a stack of hand sized towels and a few bath sized from the overstock store in a light mud color! they don't show stains from the red clay and they look better.
  2. 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 .
  3. 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!
  4. How do you store the long thin bisque coils when they are not in use to keep them from getting broken? I would think they are really easily broken.
  5. I tried it every way I could think of and never got anything but dry black. Good Luck, let us know if something works.
  6. For being able to put the freshly dipped hot piece down quickly, I put a small fan under the edge of my dipping table and position to blow straight up so that as I move the pot away from the heat and toward the plastic bat it is heading for, it passes over the stream of cool air from the little clip on fan, works wonders!
  7. I can't grasp the idea of brushing on hot wax ??? The hot waxing I do sets up the instant I lift the pot out of the electric skillet. I tried brush filling a bare spot left inside a foot ring, and the wax hardened on the brush before I could get it to the pot. What don't I know here?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Thank you! now I can get busy mixing this glaze.
  11. My materials supplier says use minspar 200, that it is the same thing ??? Thanks, guys! Recipe is as follows. Sea foam Green Soda feldspar 41 EPK 5 Silica 27 Whiting 15 Zinc Oxide 12 Add; titanium 5 copper carb 5
  12. I need to make anew bucket of a glaze I have used with good results that used soda feldspar . Since I have 0 experience in reformulating glazes, which feldspar do you recommend I start testing with that will make the fewest changes?
  13. Does adding Darvan make it flow out of a bulb trailer more evenly? I am darvan deficient.. Is there a down side to having it in your slip? Nelly , when you mix your large batch of slip and divide it, how do you determine how much colorant to use. Do you use a % of WET weight?
  14. I got a sort of metallic black, nothing near gold, at ^5 hot. disappointing.
  15. Could you just use black underglaze? It's really black , not spendy and readily available.
  16. Thanks for the clarification. If kiln wash is used on the shelves, does that take care of the fusing, or is the alumina also needed on the feet ? That might explain why every once in a while my 'not really porcelain' ^6 porcelain has minor breakage on a foot ring. One will and the one next to it won't.
  17. I am confused on this topic. why are folks using alumina? if the 2 edges that come together are not glazed, what is the reason to use alumina? Is using alumina over the glazed surfaces keeping them from fusing together? Please help me get better infirmed. I just wax the touching edges and glaze, put the lid on and fire. What am I missing?
  18. DO NOT WASH BOTH SIDES_-REPEAT DO NOT WASH BOTH SIDES OK we cleared that up-By the way if you do wash both sides you will reget it every glaze fire from fallout siticking to your wares. Mark I have not washed my shelves, I try to put a foot on everything, but sometime test glazes do run off. I had been warned about the warping issue. Now, several years later, I wish I had, my shelves are a bit sloppy looking with patched of wash over ground off run spots. think I will do a THIN application just for safety sake. I am using all 1/2 shelves, and am assuming they will be much less likely to warp with no turning. I had never heard of washing the bottom of the kiln. in that vein, how close to the bottom-floor can I put my first shelf? I had been taught 2", but that puts the shelf above the 1st element.
  19. The ONLY effective approach to the person in question is to TOTALLY ignore him. He feeds off anything else. If you saw his work, you would realize he is all talk. i stay incognit

    o here precisly because of posters like this. I'm not giving him any ammo.

  20. "fun mucking about in mud" Say that 5 times fast. ::Psrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif">
  21. There are soooo many things that can go wronge when I do my best. that I'm not going to temp fate by trying something I KNOW can cause trouble. I never hurry the cooling , no plug shuffle, no propped lid, untill it's 200*, then, If I have a pressing reason to get something out, or packed to go to gallery, I will pull out top peep, then prop lid 1 " at 150. Don't every open lid untill under 100* Lots of times I do nothing at all with lid and peeps till under 100* It's not worth it. have seen the results too many times.
  22. Use the clip art to get the general design on a leather hard block of porcelain. carve as best you can to get a general impression of what you want, fire the clay mold to bisque. Then use it to get the general impression onto your clay pieces, then use fime detailing tools to add what you think it needs to be more like what you want. That approach works for me, and I can't draw either. Don't try for a perfect mold, use the not perfect mold to get something like what yuo want and then clean it and detail it later it's on the pot. Can also add details with slip trailed onto the soft sprig when it's on to the pot.
  23. HaHaHaHa!!! I had the same thing. but it was still swimming around. I'm in SC, where are you?

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