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  1. Min I will try this today!! Thanks so much for helping!--- Margie
  2. I use white stoneware and fire to cone 6. I've thrown away my finished pieces where the green shows through my glossy white. I will finish a piece with the green flecks on it and try with a different glaze. It's just strange that the pieces feel hard and can be peeled off of the clay that is pugged. Thanks!
  3. I've been using my new Peter Pugger VPM 9 for a few months now. The clay that first extrudes from my pug mill always has green particles on it. It's obviously left from the cap when I take it off of the clay as it extrudes. I have contacted the company who said it may be a reaction from the clay I'm using as it comes into contact with the cap and to stick that clay back in the pug mill. The clay with any green on it does not burn off but stays green on my pots. It's almost solid pieces of green that I can pull off of the clay. Has anyone had this issue, or have any advice? Thanks!! --- Marg
  4. Thanks for the input!! I'm very excited to say I just purchased the VPM 9. I've been thinking about this purchase for a long time and everyone's words of wisdom helped me finally follow through! Margie
  5. I'm looking into purchasing a pugger. I am trying to ease my aching wrists and elbow and would like to lessen wedging. (Reusing my scraps would be an added bonus.) Does anyone have any words of wisdom regarding the Peter Pugger VPM 7 vs 9? I realize that the 9 has a larger capacity, but is it worth saving the $ and just feeding clay into the hopper more often? I don't throw over 7lbs at a time. I always use the same clay and wouldn't have to clean it out often (if ever?) Any advice would be helpful! Thanks a bunch! Margie
  6. Min... Thanks so much for your terrific pictures! They were SO helpful! I've attached my first attempt and can't wait to try it again! Margie
  7. Thanks Min! Can you send the pics in this string of posts so I will find it? Also, how would I find Lee's method? Thanks again!
  8. I've seen many one piece chip and dip bowls online that look like you slice the clay after the bowl is formed to then make the dip part. It's been referred to as a swirl chip and dip. Does anyone know how to make this... or has seen a tutorial online?? Thanks!! Margie
  9. Hi there! I am about to make a Majolica Cone 6 glaze that calls for Frit 3124. Can I substitute with Frit 3134 which I have already? I'm only making 100g for a test tile so don't mind if it doesn't work... Thanks a bunch!!! So happy to be back "potting" after a little hiatus!
  10. Thanks to everyone for their great responses!! Do you suggest adding mason stains vs copper carbonate/cobalt carbonate? I'm just asking because I own these already...
  11. Dear Marge, I have gone to great lengths to make slip using Robin Hopper's recipe. People in my old studio laughed that I was taking dry ingredients and making slip in this manner. It was, however, great slip and stuck to everything. I think if you google his slip recipe you should be able to find it on-line or at the very least in one of his books. Now however, what I do is take some of either my reclaimed clay or cut off slices of the clay body I am using, dry it throughly, put it in a bucket with some water and let it slake. You don't want to add too much water but just enough to r
  12. How do I make colored slip for use in a slip trailer? I'm working with stoneware to be fired to cone 5. I want to apply it to my greenware while still wet on the wheel. I'd like it not to drip while spiraling down my pot while on the wheel. I assume that I dip in clear (or colored glaze) after it has been bisqued. I would buy flocculant/deflocculant if this makes it any easier for me. Also... is there a simple way to make this slip also a "raised slip" if I want for other decorating purposes? Thanks in advance for any help/words of wisdom!!
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