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  1. a two part bird house. wrap a can in paper and tape that to the can. ADD A SECOND LAYER OF PAPER THAT IS ONLY TAPED TO ITSELF SO THE CAN WILL SLIDE OUT WHEN FINISHED. wrap clay around the can being careful to keep a slab bottom from sticking to the can. a pinched separate roof that hangs over the bottom shows beginners that pinch pots can be useful. holes for hanging and a hole of the right size finish it off. add drain and ventilation holes in the bottom.
  2. yes, for bailey, call and talk to a tech. ask what problems they see from customers.
  3. jordan, have you contacted Olympic? do not send an email, call them and talk to a tech expert.
  4. yes, but i sieve the slip with the color mixed in. no streaks.
  5. just fyi, the firing took 18.05 hours. i ordered elements and thermocouples from neil on tuesday and they were delivered today, wednesday, at 3:30. amazing.
  6. thanks, neil. yes, i know about the 2 hours but not that it was included in the total time shown on the controller. only concerned today because yesterday all the bad things that could happen between glazing and firing did. i lost about 40 pieces, some small but several large ones. show in 2 weeks. going to be busy today making things to fill the shelves for that sale.
  7. i fire glazed greenware in a single firing to cone 6. i use an L&L kiln with controller from 2003. i use the preheat and slow glaze program built into the controller. i put 11 minutes into the "hold" for the preheat. it has worked well for me and i normally have no concerns about the length of time of the firing. the hours and temperature appear on the controller after the firing. today i am waiting for the kiln to turn off and i realized that i do not know if the time of firing shown includes the preheat time as well as the firing time.
  8. paige, i think there are big company stores here in the US selling the kind of shed you are looking at. they sell a number of styles and sizes, the largest about 8x10 feet. they are packed in a cardboard box that is only 8 to 10 inches high and are about 7 by 4 feet wide. so that is what the flatpack means. instructions for screwing the walls and roof together are packed with it. a floor can be added but does not always come with it. the interior height is very low, i have looked at them and the peak of the roof is only about 6 feet high. they are not insulated and i do not know how insulation can be added unless it is the kind that is sprayed on. the steel eventually rusts . aluminum would be better. there are already made aluminum sheds sold here as well. i use one as a studio in florida. they are delivered by truck and placed by a machine called a mule. or dropped off the truck on your already poured and ready concrete foundation. many are very large and used as garages if equipped with a big door. this assumes you have the room for that kind of delivery. they are built on wooden studs as well as metal. look at my profile, find albums and see what can be done with one of the ready made aluminum ones. i have insulated it with rolled fiberglass and covered that with plywood. there are vents allowing air to flow in and out. i have not noticed condensation but i am not there in the heat of summer. good luck finding just the right thing.
  9. it happens. someone familiar with the chemistry might explain it for you. cobalt blue glazes seem to be the ones that do it. this is why i am careful not to put cobalt blue pieces too near the edge of the shelf. i don't want spots on the elements.
  10. jody, remember that there is a variety of clay types available. if one is causing you a problem, changing to something else might be a souluton.
  11. it sounds as though you are doing everything possible, within reason, to keep yourself and house clean of any dust from clay work. will just add one thing, do not use canvas as it attracts clay dust and will hold it until touched or disturbed in any way. plain wood, plywood, anything without varnish is a good surface to work on so the clay does not stick. "within reason" is the important thing to remember.
  12. is there a counselor available to you? i know nothing about college but assume that you are not the only student to find yourself questioning your next step. there must be someone who you can talk to about these feelings. asking for help is hard but necessary sometimes.
  13. i have most of the years between 1973 or so to 1987 or so.  please come and get them.   i am in harpers ferry, wv.

  14. pat, you have not said whether you do wheel work or handbuilding. some clays are suitable for one but not the other. i use an east coast clay, Highwater Little Loafers which is a white clay but not as white as porcelain. it is good for both. it has a low coe, something i know nothing about. Min has been extremely helpful in suggesting recipes that work on it. it throws very well and i have been doing slab work for a number of years with it. depending on what you want to do, it might be just right.
  15. will be using glazes that i made many years ago and have not used, just tested. they will cover the empty bowls i need to make and i will be combining several of them by layering. not my usual kind of thing and i am not sure whether they will work together. there are several 5 gallon buckets with dry mixed ingredients, one is apparently a popular glaze called "Varigated blue" which i have tested as a base, nice white, almost matte. there are lots of others, Nutmeg, Randy's red, Sapphire, Licorice base which takes colors beautifully, and Luster Green. more are hiding behind the first row. anyone with suggestions of how to combine? any history working with them? i just want to do simple bowls this year, lots of other things in the way.
  16. dana, look for a metal label on the kiln. not on a sitter that might be attached to the kiln but on the kiln itself. there will be electrical info and the highest temperature you can reach. if you can post a photo of the label so it can be read, not sideways or upside down, lots of info can be given back to you.
  17. well, christy knox has just shown you exactly how i start my stuff. her things are wonderfully beautiful. the layout of plants, the colors she uses, the care taken to get everything just right is shown so perfectly that i have given up any idea that i would make a video. notice how many patterns she has stored in those shelves near the window. it would be a feast just to visit her studio.
  18. carol, using a brush to apply underglaze to a piece is a very difficult thing to do. it does not appear to be, just pick up a brush, dip it in a jar and put that on the clay. simple. except underglaze does not melt. it stays where you put it. if your brush picks up a thick liquid and the clay is dry, the liquid turns to a solid quickly because the dry clay sucks out the water before the brush gets very far. what to do? think about the possible solution. make the liquid wetter and make the surface it touches wetter. use a brush that is wet before you put it into the jar. the lumps you have applied to the piece will still be there when covered by glaze. do not have lumps in the first place. remember, underglaze does not melt. if someone who is working on a melting underglaze please do not confuse the answer by saying it can.
  19. some people will become insulted by my answer. try not to be. the word underglaze defines a substance to go under a glaze. if that substance has a color you want to see put it under a clear glaze. that is it. do not try to put something labelled underglaze on top of a glaze. that is just logical. read the label on everything you use. lady, there is a commonly used phrase, "no question is a dumb question" that just irritates me. some are not really dumb but are so basic that it is an indication of disrespect to ask. and i am one of the biggest offenders. my lack of understanding of math is crippling but people here are very good at translating it. thank all of you. it is good to remember that even though today we are conditioned to know everything at all times about every subject and provide the correct answer immediately. if not, something is wrong with us. learning comes in small doses but sometimes there are ways to learn that only involve thinking. please read the first sentence again.
  20. i don't see bumps, i see pinholes so close together they might be seen as bumps.
  21. at last, the kiln is on, it is full.  sale will happen after all.  i am going to sit down and do nothing..............

    (i had planned to start the firing on last monday)

  22. probably spinning the harder clay inside much wetter clay because of added water all at once. just imagine it for a second, the machine is working fine, sending the clay down the tube at a consistent speed and consistency when suddenly extra water is added. that water cannot be instantly absorbed by what is already moving so the friction established is upset resulting in spinning the contents in place for a time until the machine can restore its equilibrium. lesson, don't pour water into the hopper, just add alternately drier and wetter pieces. the pugmill can be used with the same clay repeatedly until it is the way you like best.
  23. i like my bailey pugger. one of the first bailey made, not complicated to use, fits against the wall out of the way, produces clay of just the correct consistency that i like. clay out of the bag goes into the slab roller, pugged to the wheel.
  24. say it again min so i can give it anouther "like". notice the unique spelling?
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