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  1. 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.
  2. but it's fascinating for the rest of us. No need for embarrassment, we've all got our idiosyncrasies.
  3. 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"
  4. Odd. Dryad is a manufacturer of all kinds of craft items, based in Leicester, England. I had a Dryad floor loom. I don't think they exist any more. Also, don't think that ad was correct. I don't think Essex kilns make kilns, only sell and service. @Han can you post some photos, then you might get some more advice.
  5. Too early in the morning. I read that as 150 hours to cool down. Was doing a quick calculation as to how many days that would be. Then my brain kicked me and said, no, read that again.
  6. I don't use the floor to put stuff on. I use the smallest shelf posts and a shelf. Easier to apply batt wash on a shelf than on the floor.
  7. In the UK stoneware is ^6. Terracotta usually refers more to the colour, and to standard clay plant pots.
  8. I have seen a recipe in glazy that uses zircopax. I don't have any, but do have zirconium oxide. https://glazy.org/recipes/22229 Can I use that instead?
  9. Local pottery Association throwout a challenge every so often. Latest is "Hug". These two are drying, ready for bisque. If they survive they will go into a wood-fired kiln at end of August. Probably no glaze, might give them a wash with oxides, might not. Hardest things I've made in a long time. The standing pair are the third attempt, previous just collapsed. They're small, as you can probably tell by the half-sized washing up sponge.
  10. Agree with this. I know it, I've read it. I tried it. What happened? It cracked and fell off before it was even properly dry. Sometimes we can only learn for ourselves!
  11. What Mark said plus, glaze too thick?
  12. Agree with Neil. Was it noticeable before bisque firing?
  13. As a knitter and weaver I use spit to splice wool (sheep's wool, not plastic-based yarn) together instead of knots. My partner use spit for knife sharpening. Thicker than water. Works fine. Not very hygienic, particularly post covid-19.
  14. Pictures might help @Malcolm
  15. Look after your body. My physio banned me from using a kick wheel, as it was setting up stress on one leg and hip. I'd still like to have one, but looking for a standing treadle wheel, where I can swap legs.
  16. Old broken one and new one. Old one has a nut and washer, and they are different sizes, but the same type of item.
  17. The flat washer-like bit should unscrew. The replacement will have bolts both ends. Photo's to follow...........
  18. Yes. You should be using slip that has the same recipe as your clay. Slip for sale is often either for casting, or is coloured and therefore more expensive .
  19. I use a thin plastic bag, and the some kind of funnel-shaped, light-weight item inside the top to keep hand built mugs round. Clay has memory, and if the mug was born as a flat slab, it wants to get back to flat. The wetter it is as you form it, the less chance of it wanting to ga back to flat, but the more chance of it slumping ! Probably why the potters wheel was invented. This video, very briefly, shows the funnels put into mugs at the Emma Bridgewater pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Watch at about 16 seconds.
  20. its called a rubber isolator, type that into ebay - loads of them
  21. Oh, yes, I love this description. Much better than my baking a fruit cake.
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