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About Chilly

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    those who know, teach
  • Birthday March 24

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    Langdon Hills, Essex, UK
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    Pottery, gardening, cycling, scouting, outdoors, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing.

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  1. I like this. Anyone heard of similar for UK or Europe ?
  2. Welders goggles here, for the short amount of time I need to peek, the fit OK over my specs.
  3. An interesting video: https://www.leachpottery.com/leach-100-around-the-world?fbclid=IwAR00mPI6m8ouXwU1Kfmq62KIbZYbkmwuOUmIhnV7ldK-wGEfSnGCoHITEbM Hmm, hope the link works, I'm sure there is a way to get the video to play right here, but I'm failing :-(
  4. Interesting. I have a list of what to use as mould release for various master substances. Wax is not on the list. Wood, which is absorbent, says one coat polyurethane, two coats soapy release. I think @Min is right about it heating up as the plaster cures. Vinegar works great at removing mould release.
  5. Oh gosh, it's almost unreadable through the top of my varifocals.
  6. And pour from bucket to bucket 3 or 4 times . It mixes better than stirring.
  7. No personal experience with this, but there are often comments here saying the bars are better in the sitter than the cones.
  8. Must try this. I've got some glaze, that started as commercial powder glaze. Mixed it up, used some, left it for a while. Next time I opened the bucket, phew, the smell was awful. Anyway, decided after using a small amount, to let all the water evaporate (in the sun, in the greenhouse) until it was bone dry. Guess what, still stinks. I really thought the smell would go after it was dried. Next problem, where (UK) do you buy hydrogen peroxide? OK, Mr Google says buy it online.
  9. Done it, no problems, apart from smoky atmosphere for a while.
  10. As others have said, needs to be full in order to get anything out the other end. I think we found we needed 3 buckets worth of mixed dry and sloppy clay to get it to work. We never had enough to process, and by the next time we wanted to use it we had to take to apart to get out the dried (set like greenware) clay out. No matter how many wet sponges we stuffed in it was always solid by next time we needed to use it. Haven't used ours for about 5 years.
  11. but it's fascinating for the rest of us. No need for embarrassment, we've all got our idiosyncrasies.
  12. If you do make a mould from a found object, the final slip-cast version of that same object will be smaller than the original. If you are happy with that, see this thread (can't find thread, copied from one of my handouts instead): Mould Making Some very basic steps to make a two-piece mould, assuming your mug is symmetrical and has no undercuts and is flat footed: 1. Make a sample mug that you like. Make it thick or solid. Keep it wetter than leather hard. 2. Lay mug on it's side supported by "old/scrap"
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