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  1. Hi Babs, did you ever find an Aussie substitute for Ferro Frit 3195? I have been searching, searching online, and your enquiries keep on coming up, so wondered if you had found a solution?  I really don't want to have to import it from the USA... Many thanks

    1. Babs

      Babs

      No. Though Frit 3134 which was unavailable came up on Walkers list rexently.

      I chose to use another recipe provided by Dick White.

      Frits are becoming so expensive.

      Ask the Forum, post your recipe and someone will rejig it for you, they are very helplful.

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  2. The firing "tree" I use for my wood fired raku is made of steel mesh. It was bent into a triangle shape and wired to the base.  I've used it for at least a a half dozen wood firings.  It has warped slightly with use.                                                                                             I like using a "tree" because it allows me to pull all of my little pieces out of the kiln at the same time.

     

    1. Babs

      Babs

      Great idea!

      I guess my idea of raku involved grabbing pots and placing them in various reduction stuff but the tree is a  really practical solution to firing little bits not going down that path. Love it and your bits

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    1. Babs

      Babs

      yeh, replicating the lead a big ask but worth the journey.

      cheers babs

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    1. Babs

      Babs

      yeh, replicating the lead a big ask but worth the journey.

      cheers babs

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    1. Babs

      Babs

      Jay you seem to have  a fine glaze there or are you still testing to get a mellower amber? Is this glaze more or less fluid than yo'd like?

      I was told to go around the sprigged edges where The sprig meets the body with a brush and slip of the same body so making that meeting less abrupt and so taking the glaze in a different manner.

      Just saying as your meeting places look fine. Also "fettling" the glaze after application so bubbles and stuff are smoothed out prior to firing on those same areas, as you would do with any glaze application around a handle which seems thicker or "Bubbled" after glaze application.

      Just saying.

      Fine stuff, thanks for sharing.

      Babs

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  6. Don't know how to see Members' gallery

    1. Babs

      Babs

      yeh but in old forum you could go to everyone's albums in Members where there was an alphabetical list of all members and one could access their albums not just recent uploads..

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  7. lost one of my dear little 4 legged friends today. He was a comic relief in life. Adios amigo, RIP

  8. I am reading a book on clay body formulation from 1959: and the information is relatively the same as in 2017. Why does this bother me?

    1. Babs

      Babs

      some things never change.....

      with your knowledge of porcelain, start working on a crown..

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  9. Oh the joy of buying 15'' shelves, then getting home and they dont fit cause they are 15.5 inches and you have an L&L Kiln with element holders. DUN DUN DUN....

    1. Babs

      Babs

      I can see the bright smile of satisfaction shining through the dust!

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  10. Oh the joy of buying 15'' shelves, then getting home and they dont fit cause they are 15.5 inches and you have an L&L Kiln with element holders. DUN DUN DUN....

    1. Babs

      Babs

      But isn't it a treat when they are pristine...white and so easy to pack a glaze on? no dodging the suss pots.

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  11. Oh the joy of buying 15'' shelves, then getting home and they dont fit cause they are 15.5 inches and you have an L&L Kiln with element holders. DUN DUN DUN....

    1. Babs

      Babs

      YOur local hard ware store may slice then with a wet grinder thingie to size required depending on what they are made off...

      can you actually get a shelf t hat fits your kiln?

      The supplier may take them back if at all decent...

      good luck.

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  12. Biking around lagoon with dog, koala in middle of road, dog needs restraining, koala latches onto my leg, and sinks teeth into right knee, teeth either sid eof my patella,.... claws deep into my calf muscle, prised the thingie off woith ma pottinig hands...

    1. Babs

      Babs

      REcovering fast, 10kms from home, had compression tights on so tha was ok, dog in dog house, no injuries.

      Doc fell off seat laughing.

      No rabies, and thakfully no infection so far.

      Think I'll leave it to the dog next time.... no I won't just be sure to have a taller tree/person nearby!

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  13. Averaging 60 hours now in the studio a week. Loaded a full 10 cubic foot glaze today and trimmed a bunch of bowls and mugs. Studio opening party for friends on Saturday, then off to karaoke :)

  14. I have a dipping glaze for my classroom, but want to have a small bottle, do the students can brush it on as well. What should I add to the small bottle? Epsom Salts to keep it suspended? Gum solution so it dries slower?

    1. Babs

      Babs

      CMC can make it painterly as can glycerine, or am I thinking majolica colours, bit early for me after late night kiln watching.

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  15. Hoping the Kiln God has been good to me. 1 hour to kiln opening!

    1. Babs

      Babs

      Good luck, how long can an hour be?

      Advice given on this forum" go make some pots!"

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  16. I think it is weird science day. I have had these ideas for oddity glazes rolling around in my head for a month now. Good day to test them.

    1. Babs

      Babs

      google david Snair crystalline glazes, I saw some of hiw work in an old Cermaic arts monthly mag, just a couple of beautiful pots.

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  17. met up with my husband in Amarillo. He was a day behind me but got an early start at 5 am and hit the snow too. Now we're driving together.I thought I lost a cat but today she appeared in the van after spending the night hiding hopefully in a warm moving blanket. She appeared in the litter box behind the seat. I am amazed and happy to still have her..Made it to Cheyenne, Wyo. and tomorrow to our new home. Our friends plowed the driveway and sidewalk is shoveled.

  18. Wheek! Miss me? ♥ I got the clay bug again after months of pouting. :)

    1. Babs

      Babs

      Missed you and I'm sure your creations will be worth waiting to see!

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  19. I had a small article posted in Ceramics Monthly, Tips and Tools page, December 2016. NO big deal but then Whooo Hoo!

    1. Babs

      Babs

      YOu would have heaps to contribute Pres.

      Well done!

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  20. Random thought, what would happen, if a Raku piece were put in a container of cooking oil as a means of reduction?...

    1. Babs

      Babs

      let that random thought just pass, do not pay attention to it!

      Stick to pumpkins, could put some interesting things in to the hollow pumpkin.NOT oil..

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  21. Did a Raku firing last night with some test tiles for my Art Club firing this week. Also used a pumpkin as a reduction chamber for a ceramic pumpkin... Yes, clever I know...

    1. Babs

      Babs

      Pumpkin time again, I could have given you monsters this year, but they weren't as tasty

      so what happens, can you put special raku stuff inside to produce effects?

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  22. They accepted our offer on the red Lodge house so we're moving' back to Montana! So excited. We'll probably begin the move with studio equipment and then start showing our house. Should be moving by the Spring.YAY!

    1. Babs

      Babs

      Hope you didn't throw out your thermals:-)

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  23. whole lot of kiln bricks for sale on craigslist in northern michigan if anyone is looking for some

  24. I recieved several private messages today from people still experiencing problems getting into the forum. Anyone have an update I can send them?

    1. Babs

      Babs

      I was advised to also clear my cache which helped my prob.

      THe prev. bookmarks don't work for sure.

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