Marge reacted to Min in Peter Pugger VPM 9 cap leaves green particles
Very odd that the green doesn't fire out. Plastic clay bag held on with with a piece of elastic instead of the cap or just lining the cap with a bit of plastic to make a barrier between the cap material and the clay should fix it.
Marge reacted to Pres in QothW: Is there some piece of equipment or tool that made such a huge difference to the quality of work, and quality of time, that you wished you had found out earlier?
Liambesaw recently posted a question in the question pool: Is there some piece of equipment or tool that made such a huge difference to the quality of work, and quality of time, that you wished you had found out earlier? Nice question, that I am sure will generate some traffic here. I'll get my bite in first, with something of a listing, and let folks comment.
Listing away, I have found that much of my work depends on the Griffin Grip, for trimming, and throwing. I use the GG to throw handles on lids quite often, just by centering up a ball of clay on a lid held in the GG, and then throwing a hollow ball or flared bell for the handle. I also have found when working with the GG, that parts from plumbing supply/hardware store come in really handy as chucks for trimming. These allow me to trim, and assemble pieces like chalices and honey jars with spoons really quickly and efficiently.
Next would be a good spray gun for applying glazes, a curved throwing stick I bought at a conference years ago as it works well for shaping my mugs, small jars and pitchers, magic water (not a tool, but so much better than slip), A good adjustable stool, a trimming bed I have made to fit over the Brent CXC that allows much more space for trimming scraps and controls the mess, kitchen tools (modified for ribs to throw bowls, trim/shape bases, and as straight edges), diamond sanding plate (attached to a bat that is used on the wheel) makes bottoms smooth as glass and nicer on table tops, diamond pads also work well for foot rings as the pot may be held in the GG while grinding, and never forget the good heavy banding wheel with the 14" head. The list could go on and on, but I'll let the rest of you fill in the spaces.
Marge reacted to Min in How to make a "swirl" chip & dip
One of the more fiddly and labour intensive things I make, took me several practices to get them figured out. This is how I make them, I'm sure there are other ways too.
throw a flat bottom bowl, 4 lbs for a shallow “Swirl” and 5+ for a deeper one. (even thickness walls since the cut wall won’t get trimmed at all) when soft leather hard cut a spiral through the wall, starting from about 1/2” from the bottom going up to the rim trim the “tail’ off the cut rim to the depth of the shallow end of what you want the inner “cup” to be form the inner “cup” part into a circle, or oval or whatever, and attach the clay wall to the base add a coil to the inside where the tall part of the wall attaches to the base and blend the coil in when stiff leather hard round over the cut edges and trim base
Marge reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Frit 3124 vs. Frit 3134
3134 has less alumina than 3124. Ostensibly, you would use 3134 so that you could add clay to a glaze recipe to source alumina from while improving how it behaves in the bucket. Or if you just want less viscosity in the glaze melt.
Marge reacted to Dick White in Frit 3124 vs. Frit 3134
3124 and 3134 have similar oxides but in different proportions. If you are considering the ^6 recipe by Ron Roy in the Mastering Cone 6 Glazes book, this is a recalculation of that recipe using 3134 instead of 3124:
EPK - 22.1
Neph sye - 23.8
3134 - 13.4
Whiting - 14.7
Silica - 26.0
Zircopax - 16