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  1. Well, he sure was funny lookin! And if you get the reference, you get bonus points.
  2. Yes. You need to dry the piece then break it into small bits and rehydrate by weight to the viscosity you want. Once it's throughly mixed, let it sit overnight to clear out the aeration. You will need to add flocculants to keep the slip in proper suspension when you cast with it.
  3. If you have never come across this, I hope you enjoy it: Marvin Bell DRAWN BY STONES, BY EARTH, BY THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE FIRE I can tell you about this because I have held in my hand the little potter’s sponge called an “elephant ear". Naturally, it’s only a tiny version of an ear, but it’s the thing you want to pick up out of the toolbox when you wander into the deserted ceramics shop down the street from the cave where the fortune-teller works. Drawn by stones, by earth, by things that have been in the fire. The elephant ear listens to the side of the vase as it
  4. The big thing in molds is the ability of the material to pull water from the slip so the object wall builds up. Porosity and capillary action are essential. I can't see how plastics could manage this.
  5. Even orders as simple as a product you already make in a different color can go wrong. Always get at least half of the money up front and don't be afraid to charge through the nose. Better to give them a copy of your show schedule and tell them to see what you have next time.
  6. You can also use a sponge to smooth greenware before bisque firing.
  7. Videos of people's failures would be very useful-seeing others mistakes can show you more than watching them work perfectly. In general we have tried to shelter folks from failure so much that working past disappointment is very hard for them.
  8. The master is what you make your mold from. The working mold is what you make your cast items with.
  9. Hey folks, just because you got brownies, that doesn't mean you can't get a pound cake! If you want more encouraging baked goods, just let me know.
  10. If yu move higher in the tree and are willing to use a net, you can go fishing for bats as well. Having long hair helps, as the bats will aim right for it.
  11. If you want your tasty reward, get me your address.
  12. Take a page from the construction of the cake itself and put a post down the center of the Death Star to support the weight. Make it a cylinder and you get the best support/weight ratio. If you make the top of the post stick up from the stand you can attach a bolt to it, and the bottom of the cake plate can have a nut attached so they are screwed together. I suppose a hole in the top, and some regular pipe fittings from Home Depot would work as well. (Pipe of correct length, threaded on both ends with flange on the bottom, attach other flange to cake board.) This is a nifty idea!
  13. Went to the American Crafts Expo here today-full of gorgeous stuff the really makes the art-craft continuum come alive. If you're anywhere near Chicago you should try to attend this show!

  14. While they may rhyme, pound cakes are not (usually) round! Once again, the motivator is available.
  15. That's lovely! I'm sure you are not leaving things where the live kitty can come across them any more. Having work in progress broken really hurts. And the piggy mug was fantastic. You will still raise lots of money for the animals.
  16. If you fire it laying flat with stilts under the paws you should be ok. What type of clay are you using, and what glaze do you plan to use?
  17. Looks like you've never left one too long in the bin. They will sprout long green leaves. They do have little roots, so I suppose you could make a foot ring of thin strands.
  18. The formula is to find a height that lets you keep your hands above your waist when working. Bend your arms with your elbows at your side until your hand are parallel to the floor. That should be a good height to start with. If you have a kitchen counter that you like you can use that height. You can always use chocks to adjust the height, or make a stand for a wedging bat or work board. I made one out of 3/4" pvc pipe for a very tall cook to put his cutting board on. If the table is too tall make a step out of plywood that is the right height for comfort. Be sure to put nonslip tape on the
  19. These are the backbone of my professional life. The perfed trays are pretty lightweight. You would be better off cutting plywood to fit the rack. You could put some wire grating on top for better air movement, or wrap the boards in canvas. The useable area is about 2" narrower than the rack if you are doing anything taller than the spaces between shelves. They are available with different shelf spacing, so think about the size of the stuff you want to store/dry. The zippered vinyl covers are good at holding moisture-I used them as makeshift proofing racks by adding a pot of boiling water at th
  20. If you are worried about the mold catching, make it in more parts. Split the spire part from the body, and if you have to split that piece in two. But for the most part the clay shrinks a bit as it dries, releasing itself. If you want to make the surface smooth before you cast the object, try coating it with a thin layer of silicon casting material that you can get at the art supply store.
  21. Well, maybe next time will be pound cake. Chocolate, vanilla or black walnut. Unless folks just want more brownies!
  22. Treat this person like you would anyone else in the class. If they behave badly, tell them to stop. If they continue, throw them out. Otherwise, let them learn as much as they can, just like the other students.
  23. They are very good at camouflage, so you could have just said that it was there, but you have to look really, really closely.
  24. Well, several show up when I googled for 3d plaster printer. Mostly they look like places where you send them the object file and they print it for you, but you could get the same kind of machine that they use.
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