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  • Birthday 09/01/1970

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    North Eastern Ohio
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    Art, sculpting, reading, spending time with My wife and family, creating new things with all sorts of substrates. I was a professional chainsaw carver for 7 years and have a back ground in Industrial design. Most of my interests revolve around making stuff.
  1. I have no doubt that you will find what you are looking for, it's simply a matter of when. I have seen quite a few around here in the $500 or less range and over the last year it has been slim picking, lately the trend seems to be more than the cost of a new one. The longer you wait the more money you can acquire. Sometimes it's better to save a little more.
  2. My suggestion to anyone who works with paperclay is to figure out what the minimum amount of any given fiber is needed to do what you need to do. For commercially prepared material you could add more clay. Some manufactures will make it the way you want. I found that for my sculptural work less fiber is better. I like to mix my own as needed a day a head of time and see a benefit from leaving it set overnight before use..
  3. I found Pushkar Sohoni, he has a doctorate in Art History and a list of other related things including restoration. One of his interest is ceramic tile. Hmmmm I must say. I wonder if The good Dr. has time for a my curiosities.
  4. Chris I would have never thought that the name would be Indian. Possibly with the attire it may depict a Hindu wedding? 6 inch tiles I plan on mounting them in a Victorian frame for my art wall.
  5. I purchased this from a well to do art lovers estate and it may not be worth a nickle, I'm not looking for an appraisal. For those of you who think it's ugly, when you see it in person it grows on you. I feel whoever painted this was an experienced artist because the technique and the brushwork laid down was pretty bold. I was guessing Middle Eastern. Middle Eastern generically covers a lot of territory.
  6. I'm not sure where to post this and I thought with the forum topic that I might find some art history buffs. I made a ceramic tile purchase because I love the artwork and was wondering if anyone knew what part of the world this may have came from. It would be a bonus if anyone recognizes the artist. Yea...I tried to upload the picture from my phone.
  7. Wouldn't a brick arch be cheaper and more durable than the castable ?
  8. Considering the materials that were used; How many times do you think this could be fired?
  9. The Makit and Bakit translucent polystyrene Crystals finally arrived after being lost in the postal system for weeks. I tried a few different methods melted the crystals with a heat gun (took for ever to get the ceramic hot and completely melted the crystals), Mixed them with glue( they look like they were mixed with Glue) and used Resin Bond. Resin Bond, AKA Rez-N-Bond, Methylene chloride is the clear winner I used Aluminum Foil as a temporary backing material in the ceramic. I then pored the crystals in and used a bottle with needle applicator to add the Resin Bond. I added a little Resin Bond to the raw edge of the unglazed ceramic As long as you don't use to much Resin bond it should set up in seconds. Resin Bond works by a capillary action for those of you who may not know... Less is better. More will cause the plastic to dissolve and take days to get hard. The Crystals stick extremely well to the unglazed pottery with Resin Bond and the finished results look exactly like they should. This is probably the same method that was used. My best guess of why it is not used today would be that Resin Bond is a little more controlled than it used to be. It is still available to the plastics industry, but not so much to the general public. It seems to have undergone a change around 2013 when some unknowing uneducated bathroom re-finishers died using Methylene Chloride because of the confined space and an excess of Methylene chloride fumes.
  10. If your happy and successful at hand building you should set up your equipment to do just that. Wow Mark there are plenty of people through out time who have never set foot in front of a pottery wheel on a daily basis and make a living with casting clay, hand building or stamping clay with a press. While I see the point of throwing on a wheel by yourself as a money maker, casting clay, hand building, and stamping clay are all the methods you would use if you were to add a number of employees from a business point of view. One of the top sellers in pottery on Etsy uses a slab roller and stamps, someones imagination motivation and business skills may be the limitation. I seen the video and in the description it mentioned "Judy uses an hydraulic extruder as a basis for her non-functional teapot forms." A hydraulic extruder is not your everyday clay extruder and would certainly cost quite a bit. You would probably need a larger hydraulic extruder to make the big teapots she made and then you would need a method to fire a large piece. Scaling that idea down a little to use a smaller extruder. I have not personally used the TA Metalworks extruder listed on Ebay. It is reasonably priced and it looks like it's well designed and would probably work well. They may even be able to build a larger extruder for a reasonable cost. If you are hand building it may be perfect for you. One last thing, you may try using paper clay slabs for this type a form. Paper clay has many advantages for hand built work.
  11. I'm happy to hear it all worked out. In the future for those of you who may not know what to look for.... A spark, b-z-z-t-t-t, snap, crackle, pop any unusual visual display, abnormally high temperature, or noise is good indicator somethings not right. A loose connection on a plug, breaker, ect. Shut The Power OFF and check it out immediately. If you can't find the cause it's best to call in a second pare of eyes to give it a second look. If it's a loose connection, simply tightening the screw will save the day, the part, and possibly your building. Sometime the possible points of failure are in more that one spot and you'll want to check every screw and every mechanical contact point. Screws sometimes work loose, breakers start to fail, things get hot because they are loose, then get exponentially worse and they short cause fires and ruin parts. There are lots of people who hate working with anything electrical and may unknowingly overlook a potentially dangerous situation. I'm very OCD when it comes to electrical. While servicing and installing electrical devises I've seen lots of electrical things fail over the years and to me this is common sense. Double and triple check yourself if it's necessary, OCD can be a good thing when working with electricity. I hope this may help someone avoid problems in the future.
  12. It would probably make a nice clay press for tiles. The hydraulic press frame for extrusion would be ideal with a longer ram. They make a long air powered ram for an engine hoist and it's probably pretty noisy.
  13. The larger the diameter of the clay box the more you will slow it down. I'm not so sure about the compact log splitter but on a regular splitter with a normal valve (not the auto return valve) you can control the speed a little and stop in mid stroke. You can also get an adjustable flow control valve that will control the speed. You can probably modify the electric log splitter without too much trouble, but you'll probably blow your budget. I bought three American made replacement hydraulic hoses last year with fittings for my splitter and it was around $175.00. If you shop around online you will find better prices. Modifying the electric splitter would be more cost effective than starting from scratch. Starting from scratch would be the best idea and the most expensive unless you had parts on your shelf or purchase used parts locally. I would say Go for it and go there with some knowledge. Research it a bit and you will find the answers. You might double the value and modify this to press tiles in a air release tile mold.
  14. You might try a light oil that doesn't gum up like 3-in-one on the motor bushings. WD loosens things up well and evaporates pretty quick.
  15. Melamine would work for a hot minute, a laminate counter top would be better, a laminate glued to a cabinet grade plywood would be best. I started with a canvas top and tossed it after I found you needed a different canvas for different colors of clay. Canvas works great for rolling clay or with a slab roller. My current set up is like JBaymore and it works well. In the spring I'll be making a new baby butt smooth thin cast reinforced with rebar high PSI concrete counter top for my existing 4x4 and 2x4 frame.
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