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    Chilly got a reaction from Min in Pugmill for tile extruding   
    Have you tried using spacers between each sheet?
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    Chilly reacted to Stephen in Pugmill for tile extruding   
    well there's an idea, I will give that a go, thanks!
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    Chilly reacted to liambesaw in QotW: How do you prefer to organize your tools for your work areas?   
    If I did put my keys on it I might stop losing my cutoff wires (and my keys)
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    Chilly reacted to oldlady in QotW: How do you prefer to organize your tools for your work areas?   
    hulk, may i suggest a simple replacement for the cutting wire??    i have always hated the ones with wooden toggle handles because they are too long and i have never gotten one out of its package without crimping it.   years ago i got some leader wires from walmart's fishing gear section.   i think at that time there were 6 of various sizes for about $1.   they have ends that fit on a key ring.   one without keys, of course.   the round rings are sold lots of places, walmart wants too much for the ones in the automotive section.   hardware stores are better value.
    i can use the longer ones but find i really like the 9 inch size and the 12 inch one is perfect for slicing slabs from a new bag of clay.  AND THEY DO NOT TANGLE UP!
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    Chilly reacted to GEP in The power of email   
    I've posted about this subject before, just want to share another quick story about how much more powerful email marketing is, compared to social media.
    The past two years, I have participated in an online show/sale of cups. Last year, I sent a blast email to my email subscribers about it, and I posted about it on facebook and instagram. My five mugs sold out in under 10 minutes.
    This year, I decided to skip the blast email, and just use social media. I was theorizing that my email subscribers prefer to go to my shows in person, and social media followers are more likely to not be local enough to do that. I only sold three mugs on the first day. Two days later, and person on instagram asked me for instructions on how to buy. Instagram does not allow hyperlinks, so I had to describe how to get to right website. Cumbersome, but it appeared to work, the fourth mug was sold that day.
    Two days later (yesterday), the fifth mug was still not sold. I posted on facebook about the last mug. I did not bother with instagram, because I could not link directly to the mug listing on instagram. Nothing happened. 
    Three days later (today), it was still not sold. I had scheduled a blast email about a show coming up this weekend. So I edited the email this morning to mention the last unsold mug. It was sold 30 minutes after the email went out.
    Just remember your email subscribers are far more interested in your work than anyone who follows you on social media. Next year, if I do this cup show again, I will not skip the blast email!
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    Chilly reacted to Denice in What’s on your workbench?   
    Throwing some more glass molds today,  I nearly have a kiln filled with them.    I have my firing scheduled figured out finally for the glass.   Turns out making a inch thick disc shape out of recycled glass is very difficult to do.   I have a 11 hour firing schedule for it,   most of the time is spent holding at certain temperatures for a hour or more.   The thicker the glass the longer the annealing takes,  I don't have a computerized kiln so I spend the the whole day with the kiln and my pyrometer.    I could have bought fritted glass that is easier to fire and at a much lower temperature but I wanted to do something with recycled glass.   Denice
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    Chilly reacted to birdypotter in Problems with dunting   
    Update: Glazed 8 thin cylinders heavily in the white matte/clear combination and did the freezer to boiling water tests on all of them aaaand.....nothing. No cracks,  no crazing, no dunting. The only thing I've changed is the firing schedule as @Babs suggested - 100˚c an hour to 600 so this might have slowed the heating through cristobalite inversion sufficiently. I also slightly increased the hold time at peak 1230 as @neilestrick suggested and the cones suggested firing perfectly to cone 7 (slightly over towards 8  in middle) which is just slightly hotter than it was before. So perhaps it was the firing schedule and temp that caused the problem rather than the glazes. I move forward cautiously optimistic....
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    Chilly got a reaction from Rae Reich in Scioto molded bisque   
    Ugh indeed.
    Low fire slip is 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of high-fire, so if they've come from a "paint-your-own" place they're highly likely low-fire.
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    Chilly reacted to Brandon Franks in My First Crystalline Attempts   
    Hey, Guys,
    Thanks for all the help you have given me. (Especially, @glazenerd) Here is the first round of my crystalline pieces. The blue on blue and green on green glazes are from a book, and the blue on green is a glaze I created myself!
    Enjoy, and thanks again!

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    Chilly got a reaction from JohnnyK in Rolling Pin Question/Recommendation   
    Also, roll out onto cloth.  It's much easier to peel the cloth from the clay than any other surface.  Can't peel a wooden board from the clay if it sticks.
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    Chilly reacted to liambesaw in Scioto molded bisque   
    Cheaper to fire too
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    Chilly reacted to Min in Scioto molded bisque   
    I think I'ld try a pink and black underglaze on a little spot on the inside of one of the cats then when it's dry brush on some clear low fire glaze and fire it. You would be able to see if the colours and glaze are okay. If it crazes or the underglazes aren't right then you haven't gambled with glazing the outside and can try test another patch test area inside a cat. She must be a good friend for you to take this on, good of you to do it.
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    Chilly got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Scioto molded bisque   
    Ugh indeed.
    Low fire slip is 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of high-fire, so if they've come from a "paint-your-own" place they're highly likely low-fire.
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    Chilly got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Scioto molded bisque   
    Ugh indeed.
    Low fire slip is 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of high-fire, so if they've come from a "paint-your-own" place they're highly likely low-fire.
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    Chilly reacted to C.Banks in Firing to cone 10 with an electric kiln?!   
    The first kiln I ever knew was fired to a 9 on household wiring with standard elements for close to 20 years with no issues.
    We upgraded to a digitally controlled kiln and continued firing to a warm 8 or cool 9 for another 20 years with few issues.
    The elements lasted about 30 firings and we had some trouble with thermocouples one year. I can't remember exactly but it was some manufactures defect that affected more than just out little cottage kiln.
    I enjoyed helping dig up local sources of whiting and feldsar. We also had access to very nice secondary clays and other minerals for all sorts of testing.
    During a time when ^11-12, heavy reduction was the common practice we were happily producing greens and reds and even a nice yellow along with a chun-like opalescent white and very promising oil-spot series I never found the time to work out. Of course there were was a finicky tenmoku and a floating blue which I thought was a wonder glaze until I found out everyone already knew all about it. The internet didn't exist for us yet.
    I still sort of miss my work in oxidation. I left many unfinished and promising tiles.
    I can post the recipes if you want to try them. It would be fun to see if they like you as well as they did us.
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    Chilly reacted to neilestrick in Firing to cone 10 with an electric kiln?!   
    There is almost nothing you can do at cone 10 oxidation that you can't do at cone 6 oxidation. The big difference between most cone 10 and cone 6 work is that most people who fire cone 10 do so in a reduction atmosphere. In oxidation there's no need to go that hot.
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    Chilly reacted to Benzine in Single Firing   
    Bone dry is idea, so it pulls in the glaze.  Leatherhard just doesn't do this, so the glaze will be very thin.
    Are you dipping or brushing on the glaze?  If you are brushing, just have a rule, that the students cannot pick up their project, while glazing.  Allow them to rotate them, but not handle.  This would limit potential breakage. 
    Alternately, you could have them underglaze, which would work better at the leatherhard stage.
    Alternately, alternately, you could just have them paint the projects, post firing.  I know this removes the element of standard ceramic surface decoration, from the process, but I know a lot of Elementary teachers, who do this. 
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    Chilly reacted to LeeU in QotW: What tool or piece of equipment non related to Ceramics would you recommend?   
    For smaller production & home studios like mine, the UpCart is invaluable. It's a dolly-type handcart with wheels designed to roll upstairs & downstairs. My chiropractor says it's the best thing I've done for myself re getting heavy clay from the street into and around the studio w/o stressing my back/spine/neck/shoulders in the process.  I love it! Plu it folds down flat!!

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    Chilly reacted to GEP in Pug mill alternatives?   
    I started a pottery business in 2002, and bought my pugmill in 2007. You can get by for a while with elbow grease. You are aware of how much they cost, so start putting aside money from your pottery sales as a “pugmill fund.” The day you come home with the pugmill you paid for in cash will be a big day. 
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    Chilly reacted to liambesaw in Pug mill alternatives?   
    Damn, I was hoping someone would talk me into getting a pugmill but it looks like I just need better manners.  Will start that tonight.
    Thanks guys and gals
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    Chilly reacted to oldlady in anyone have a photo of a Robin's egg blue stain glaze?   
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    Chilly reacted to Joseph Fireborn in anyone have a photo of a Robin's egg blue stain glaze?   
    oldlady robins egg is what i used for my faux celadon stuff a while back this is 1% if I remember right on standard 365

    thin application:

    thick application:

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    Chilly reacted to Magnolia Mud Research in Most plastic clay for basket weaving?   
    A fellow student at school has used commercial several cone 10 clay bodies to make woven items.  The strand is extruded in a Brent extruder and captured on a large wooden tray. She routinely uses any of the Balcones clay bodies from  Armadillo Clay in Austin, TX; others have used Coleman and/or Nara porcelains.  She cuts them into lengths as she needs them.  Keeps most strands covered with sheet plastic until the a strand is needed.  The clay is extruded straight from the bag.  
    Timing and moisture control are the two most important variables other than compression of the intersections of the woven strands.  The most successful and less stressful technique seems to be lay out the strands at the correct length, and develop a rhythm of over and under movement of each strand.  
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    Chilly reacted to neilestrick in Porcelain and white earthenware mixed up in kiln - which glaze to use?   
    Or put a small mark on one of them.
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    Chilly reacted to Roberta12 in 1st Porcelain Glaze Firing   
    @SweetheartSister I have used underglazes in a variety of ways.  I agree with what you said about not applying the underglaze in the greenware state if your piece is small and fragile.  I learned that the hard way.  Perhaps I have been doing it wrong but I do not do your step #2 .  I put the clear glaze on top of the underglaze ( make sure your underglaze is dry) and fire to cone 6.  Done.  
    Recently I have been doing some newsprint slip transfer work and I have been applying that to greenware pieces.  Larger pieces like cups/planter/bowls, things that are not as fragile as delicate animals, jewelry or buttons (I use a lot of porcelain too!) And I have also started using underglaze on some larger pieces in the greenware state and doing some carving.  Then bisque, then apply clear glaze and fire to cone 6.  
    I like underglaze for it's ability to be used in a number of ways.  I have applied underglaze for years to bisqueware.  Nary a problem.  But....I am trying to do more of the underglaze work on leatherhard/greenware simply because it speeds up the final glazing process.  
    Your animals are beautiful! Wonderful detail!  
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