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About oldlady

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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
  • Birthday 08/30/1940

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    harpers ferry west va and pinellas park fl
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    architecture, old Sears mail order houses, cocker spaniels, name a subject, I will love it

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  1. let's hope it doesn't come to that!
  2. ldb, just a question. do you have access to a cone chart? a lot of people get confused about glazes because of the zero. i read you question and the answer from denise twice but i am not sure you have those numbers firmly in your mind.
  3. the problem could have been the mud tube that some wasps build in stored machinery. fortunately, the wasps in my kiln room chose a rafter and not my kiln.
  4. hello, and welcome to the forums. the advice you have been given is excellent. get info on what guild meeting genboomxer will be attending and go together. guilds are great. each one is different because they are run by the members themselves. some are great at one thing and the one down the road is great at another. you will benefit in some way by being a member of a guild even if you think you are too much of a beginner to understand everything at the meeting. you will be among people who have been where you are now and i have never met an unfriendly potter in a guild. use the private message here on the forums to contact any member to ask questions of that particular individual.
  5. not part of the discussion but i tried the website and the English translation. you might want to suggest that the company employ a translator who is a potter. the descriptions of the equipment is not understandable unless being read by a potter who has seen similar items being used elsewhere. i do not know what a "wash and gush out the glaze platform' can be but the "embryo drawing machine" is a potters wheel.
  6. I saw a post you had in January that you purchased a Pacifica wheel   in 1972. I just purchased a Pacifica wheel probably about the same age. The wheel is a GT500, contacted Laguna and they have never heard of a gt500.

    I am trying to find out what hp the motor is and was wondering if you happen to know.

    Thanks   Ron

    1. oldlady


      ron, just saw this, my internet connection has been down. 

      i have not heard of it either.   where are you seeing the number?   i have a 400 and they also offered an 800.  could you be reading 5 for 8?  i bought it from the inventor who sold the business to laguna years later. 

      if it is on the motor, i would have to crawl under the table to see any numbers.   where should i look?   i can use a mirror to see what might be visible  underneath.    just looked with a mirror.  it is very hard to see the label and it is placed where it is almost impossible to read.

         i think i remember it was a half horse. 


    2. ronfire


      Well just blew up the controller , yes it is a gt500. now I with I kept my Estrin wheel.


  7. andros, i think English is not your first language and want to make sure you do not end up with a pot whose lid will not come off. plain wax is used to keep glaze off of an area that should not have glaze on it like the foot that will sit on the kiln shelf. it is also used in decorating a piece so colors can be applied and separated or to use areas of fired clay without glaze as part of a decoration. in addition, wax with alumina in it is used to keep the body of a pot and the lid of a pot separate so the lid can be removed when the pot is fired with the lid in place on the pot. firing the two together insures that the lid and the body will fit together later. the area of the pot and the area of the lid that will touch when put together should not be glazed.
  8. motox, never touched air dry clay but it's name suggests that you must make everything perfectly the first time or lose it. shrinkage happens with real clay too but this sounds really bad. have you considered real clay? is the problem that you do not have a way to fire real clay? are you interested in becoming a potter or just trying to make one thing?
  9. mirjam, may i ask why you want to do this? what is your ultimate goal?
  10. a simple siphon is the easiest to clean and has no tiny parts to drop off. to clean it between colors, just dip the end into a bucket of water and spray until clear water comes out.
  11. jess, are you wetting the pot a little while before applying the glaze? dry bisque sucks all the moisture out of the brush before it makes a complete stroke. quickly dunking the piece in water before you prepare the glaze, brushes, clean area is probably enough time to let it work.
  12. where are you? if you are in a city big enough to have a paint your own pottery business, contact the owner and ask for some help. you may find that the molds are old and the detail is worn off so you may not want to use some of them.
  13. annie, did you make the glaze or buy it? if you made it, did you sieve it or only mix it up? before you reglaze the rough ones, try sanding the gritty stuff off first. whenever you ask a question, you will probably be asked several to narrow down the possibilities. and we LOVE photos of whatever you want to discuss.
  14. dear nerd, to find the article above in the future, it might help to correct the word "Chemistry". it is almost impossible for me to find anything, whatever the spelling.
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