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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in My Fox Head Survived! ^_^ Yay!   
    After a few, uh, INTERESTING setbacks, and a SNAIL PACED bisque, against all odds, my fella's beautiful Xmas present survived its trial by kiln. I was really sweating this one, because I spent a ton of time making this as good as possible. The kiln gods decided to smile on my poor old man Fred and give us a great bisque. ♥
     
    I'm gonna really water down my shiny clear and dip it carefully. I hope the glaze firing goes well!






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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to oldlady in Haaaalp! I Think I Killed Fred! :'(   
    so glad fred is happy now.  let us see the end results of your beautiful work, guinea, you know we all  appreciate them and secretly envy your skills.
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Chilly in Haaaalp! I Think I Killed Fred! :'(   
    Right again, Frank! And my Fred is around 50 years old! ♥
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Mug in Haaaalp! I Think I Killed Fred! :'(   
    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.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to frankbonatelli in Haaaalp! I Think I Killed Fred! :'(   
    Two forty volt systems will do this all the time. Was my first thought for older systems. Light works off of the one pole (120v 120v vand a common) one can get loose or burned off leaving the other pole to still drive the 120 components with in.
     
    Still time for an Xmas firing. Ill be doing our last glaze firing on Thursday. Either way this is a good Christmas miracle for ending the year on.
    Merry Christmas 
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to frankbonatelli in Haaaalp! I Think I Killed Fred! :'(   
    Yes if it was in the plug (after market plug from hard ware store could be as simple as one poll has come loose. Start simple and work in.
    Breaker, plug, where cord connects to sitter. The simple to fix places are always good starting point.
    Good luk
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from D Walsh in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    Haaaaai, everyone!
     
    Been a while.I've decided that the wheel and I must part ways. This dang arthritis has just gotten the best of poor old Guinea, so I'm trying my paws at handbuilding. I forgot how hard this was, gee whiz. Took me almost five hours to make this pinch pot head! Hands are sore, but I think he's looking pretty good thus far.
     
    He's a fox with a cap. Gonna be sitting on a rock, holding a mug of tea. Gotta do the fur details now...no idea how, lol.

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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    I think I'm done with it. I had planned on making it a full figure, but after making the scarf, I am actually really happy with it this way. There is a point, I suppose, when one sees a piece of art and just know it's done. ♥ Still can't believe I busted this out in two days..! Gonna underglaze it when it's bone dry and apply a thin layer of clear. :3
     
    Sorry about the lighting...





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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    Nerd:Oh, HELL YES, I'm firing this slowly! I'd just die if Fred ate this one--it's my fella's Xmas gift! D: I figure an overnight candling, followed by a snail-paced firing should HOPEFULLY do it...
     
    Paul: Nothing to it, really. He's gonna have an olive green hat with a red star, be painted kinda corgi colors, be given black velvet UG around his eyes (foxes have pretty dark eyeliner), bright yellow and ochre eyes with really black pupils, and an insanely detailed zigzagged scarf in various grays and blacks. :3
     
    Old Lady: Awww, heehee. ♥ Thanks so much for that...
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Babs in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    I think I'm done with it. I had planned on making it a full figure, but after making the scarf, I am actually really happy with it this way. There is a point, I suppose, when one sees a piece of art and just know it's done. ♥ Still can't believe I busted this out in two days..! Gonna underglaze it when it's bone dry and apply a thin layer of clear. :3
     
    Sorry about the lighting...





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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to glazenerd in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    You are a very talented artist kiddo. One of the hardest things to do ( and I cannot do it) is to scale the piece to proportion. I truly am impressed with the skill level in this piece. Slllllllllooooooooowwwwwwwwww fire this please.
     
    Nerd
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from 1515art in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    I think I'm done with it. I had planned on making it a full figure, but after making the scarf, I am actually really happy with it this way. There is a point, I suppose, when one sees a piece of art and just know it's done. ♥ Still can't believe I busted this out in two days..! Gonna underglaze it when it's bone dry and apply a thin layer of clear. :3
     
    Sorry about the lighting...





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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from elisethomas in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    Haaaaai, everyone!
     
    Been a while.I've decided that the wheel and I must part ways. This dang arthritis has just gotten the best of poor old Guinea, so I'm trying my paws at handbuilding. I forgot how hard this was, gee whiz. Took me almost five hours to make this pinch pot head! Hands are sore, but I think he's looking pretty good thus far.
     
    He's a fox with a cap. Gonna be sitting on a rock, holding a mug of tea. Gotta do the fur details now...no idea how, lol.

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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from glazenerd in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    Haaaaai, everyone!
     
    Been a while.I've decided that the wheel and I must part ways. This dang arthritis has just gotten the best of poor old Guinea, so I'm trying my paws at handbuilding. I forgot how hard this was, gee whiz. Took me almost five hours to make this pinch pot head! Hands are sore, but I think he's looking pretty good thus far.
     
    He's a fox with a cap. Gonna be sitting on a rock, holding a mug of tea. Gotta do the fur details now...no idea how, lol.

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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Handbuilt Fox Head W/hat Wip   
    Haaaaai, everyone!
     
    Been a while.I've decided that the wheel and I must part ways. This dang arthritis has just gotten the best of poor old Guinea, so I'm trying my paws at handbuilding. I forgot how hard this was, gee whiz. Took me almost five hours to make this pinch pot head! Hands are sore, but I think he's looking pretty good thus far.
     
    He's a fox with a cap. Gonna be sitting on a rock, holding a mug of tea. Gotta do the fur details now...no idea how, lol.

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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to oldlady in Amaco Opalescent Crazing Badly   
    hi, guinea, missed you.  have no suggestion but feel very bad about this situation.  you are not responsible but i know that doesn't help your feeling bad about it.  since it is a coffee mug, maybe it will be alright to continue to use it for coffee for that person.  her own germs, etc but do not ever put it into the microwave again.  lots of old china, earthenware, is crackled but in use all over the world.  it is us modern, germ-free phobics who worry about the microscopic.  it could give her years of service and besides, whatever beautiful art you put on it should be seen by her and used because she loves it.
     
    looks like my commercial china that has a sign on the bottom saying it is microwave safe but is crackled just like your photo shows.  a guest put it into the microwave once.
     
    i use corelle in the microwave because it is made for it.
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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Rae Reich in Amaco Opalescent Crazing Badly   
    Hi, Guinea-girl! I think it's a glaze fit problem that has been revealed by boiling the coffee in the cup in the microwave. But as oldlady says, lots of ware has given good service in spite of this kind of crazing. Rae
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Amaco Opalescent Crazing Badly   
    Hai guys!
     
    Nope, Guinea isn't dead. Aaaand there is a mystery afoot.
     
    So, an avid collector of mine told me today that one of the mugs she purchased from me a couple of years ago is crazing badly on the inside. I had no idea how bad it was until she texted me the image... wowzers. D: I've never seen ANY of my pieces do that!
     
    Some specs:
    Clay Art Center of Tacoma's red art w/mica
    Amaco Opalescent Liquid Glaze, 0 Series, Fuchsia
    Fired to ^03 (slightly underfired)
    Microwaved once.
     
    Any ideas? I feel really, REALLY BAD. :'(


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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from SydneyGee in Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?   
    I've only made urns for companion animals, but each one touches my heart in a different way. The stories about the love their furparents had for them are what I try to put into the illustrations on the urn. I'm working on an urn for my own precious Thanatos, and it's going to be an onion, for his amorous stink. I miss him so much... :'(
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from SydneyGee in Artsy Babble Translation Please   
    I had a freaking awesome art instructor named Tom Askman who has the word for this speech:
    Bloviation. Bloviating. Bloviate.
    It's essentially using big, smart-people words to describe the vast impact of the cornucopia of nothing. That's Art with a capital "A" for you!!
    Example:
    Normal word: "Rabbit."
    Bloviated rabbit:
    *clears throat and puts on a beret with matching infinity scarf and sipping Starbucks*
    "The creature we perceive as that of lagomorphic physicality in actuality goes beyond of mere human psychoanalytic ken; rather its presence stands as a keenly metaphoric balance between that which is to be preyed upon to sacrifice for the needs of the many, or the epic and eternal struggle for survival and procreation."
    ...
    ...LMFAO
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from sarita in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I wonder if the Admins might consider making the challenge its own section, like "In The Studio," for example! Lotsa people seem interested, so this has the potential to REALLY jam up other forum topics. It'd be a great way to keep things nice 'n tidy, not to mention easy to find!
    My topic suggestion is "heritage." Like, make a piece that's about one's cultural background! We have a pretty diverse group here; could be fun!
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Evezamora in Artsy Babble Translation Please   
    I had a freaking awesome art instructor named Tom Askman who has the word for this speech:
    Bloviation. Bloviating. Bloviate.
    It's essentially using big, smart-people words to describe the vast impact of the cornucopia of nothing. That's Art with a capital "A" for you!!
    Example:
    Normal word: "Rabbit."
    Bloviated rabbit:
    *clears throat and puts on a beret with matching infinity scarf and sipping Starbucks*
    "The creature we perceive as that of lagomorphic physicality in actuality goes beyond of mere human psychoanalytic ken; rather its presence stands as a keenly metaphoric balance between that which is to be preyed upon to sacrifice for the needs of the many, or the epic and eternal struggle for survival and procreation."
    ...
    ...LMFAO
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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from LeeU in Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?   
    Probably a form that is vaguely eggplant shaped...
     



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    Cavy Fire Studios got a reaction from Pugaboo in Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?   
    Probably a form that is vaguely eggplant shaped...
     



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    Cavy Fire Studios reacted to Marcia Selsor in Digging Up Yo' Own Clay...halp?   
    In Montana there are clays of all sorts of colors. There is some pink clay that is stoneware by the Lewistown dump,etc. Trail creek clay is a ^10 slip glaze. Slake the clay down and pour through a screen. Let is dry to workable consistency. Use some clay you know to contain your tests. Make little arched shapes and fire them to various temps starting around ^04. See what you get. I did a lot of digging clays in Montana with my students back in the 70s and 80s.
    Marcia
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