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Everything posted by Chilly

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Old broken one and new one. Old one has a nut and washer, and they are different sizes, but the same type of item.
  4. The flat washer-like bit should unscrew. The replacement will have bolts both ends. Photo's to follow...........
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. its called a rubber isolator, type that into ebay - loads of them
  8. Oh, yes, I love this description. Much better than my baking a fruit cake.
  9. As Bill says, nice shape, but looks much thicker than the mug.
  10. Probably, possibly, maybe. Test, test, test. The only way to know for certain is to try it. I tend to use little pieces of flat clay under most glazed items. Hate the thought of glaze touching my shelves.
  11. Make pottery flowers. Sell tiny (really really tiny) portions of food with a free plate/bowl/dish/mug.
  12. Which programmer does it have? Have you asked Potterycrafts?
  13. You might need to scrape a thin (very thin) layer of white to reveal the red and pink. How different are the three colours when dry? Sometimes they show better when bisqued.
  14. Thanks @Callie Beller Diesel I didn't know about selecting a small portion and the pop-up box. That will save a lot of selecting and deleting the unwanted bits.
  15. We use whatever The Range/B'n'Q has for sale. Spray, semi-matte I think, unless you want a really glossy finish. Goes onto ^4 bisque that has been painted with acrylics or stains.
  16. It needs as many pieces as will allow you to remove all the pieces from around the finished item. So, an orange or a banana, for example needs 2 pieces. An apple might need 2 or 3, A mug with a foot ring needs 3 or 4. The more undercuts, the more pieces. The only mouldmaker I know of is in Stoke-onTrent, England!
  17. I know I really should know the answer to this question, but........... How do brick makers manage to fire bricks that are 200mm x 100mm by 80mm or bigger? It must be the nature of the clay? But I can see why @Nicky asked the original question.
  18. Ahh, yes, I can see it now. Definitely viscosity issue. Keep trying, you will get this .
  19. I think they're like the lines the tide leaves on a sandy beach. You need to pour so the slip hits the same spot all the way through. I can't get my head round your mould. Is the mould wavy and the smaller lines are the problem? The red circled area?
  20. Test, test, test. And put cookies/catchers under your test pots, on case you find a combination that runs off the pot.
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