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Callie Beller Diesel

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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in Rough glaze   
    @Callie Beller Diesel, don't know if you want to try it but I think you could use Ferro 3292(-2) to supply the strontium and forget the barium part of the formula. The barium makes up 0.01 of the formula, it wouldn't be missed I don't think. The Ferro 3292 is available at Tuckers in Ontario and isn't that expensive ($175 for a 50 lb bag). Your ceramic supply place gets Cone Art Kilns from them probably so they might be able to bring the frit in for you, dunno. I redid the recipe using Ferro 3292 (now called 3292-2), on paper it looks okay. Tiny bit of lithium now (0.01) but shouldn't be an issue. COE is the same, LOI is just a tiny bit higher, could get it back down using another frit to supply the lower boron in the 3292 but since the clay is so low in this recipe a bit of gerstley wouldn't hurt. Flux ratio is actually better (slightly) in the sub recipe.

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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Rough glaze   
    Honestly, as a clear glaze, this one is only okay. It can be cloudy, especially if over dark clay or black underglaze. I use it because I can get it premixed, which saves a lot of time for me, and it fits my chosen clay body quite well. It makes a better base glaze than a clear. 
    Tony does note that the premixed version available from Plainsman is made with coarser meshes of both Neph Sye and silica than the recipe's originator recommends. I looked into getting a bag of that F 524 frit to test it with the finer mesh of silica. Plainsman will sell you a 50 lb bag, but it was $$$.
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to LeeU in Mark:Selling pendants online in retirement   
    I've been coming to this conclusion myself. For some bizarre reason, people will go to my website but seem uninterested in purchasing directly from the nicely done store. They will email me about something that is on there, which of course changes nothing except they've used more of their own time getting the same info & the same price & the same safe payment process.  They buy after emailing. 
    My own online store is as clean and clear and attractive as the Etsy format----go figure. Regardless, what most people I converse with ask  me is "Are you on Etsy?" I've neglected my web presence--word of mouth is working just fine for now, but I think next year I may go ahead and do an Etsy store just to see what happens when I answer that question with "Well, yes, yes I am." 
    On another note-I suggest taking advantage of SCORE's free workshops, webinars, and mentors. Enormously helpful. I also recommend experimenting with a free high-quality DIY web site generator like WIX  (or Weebly or Wordpress etc.) to create your own website --it's a great learning experience, which helps when you go to do a store on Etsy, plus you can showcase other things, like new work, a blog, or interesting aspects of your process. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to liambesaw in Mark:Selling pendants online in retirement   
    I figure Etsy is a good place to drive sales to, not a place to get sales from.  Like if you don't have a web store for your stuff and people are interested in buying what you have, you can refer them to your Etsy.  But if you just put stuff on Etsy and wait, the chances of you making sales is slim.  
    So just another tool, don't expect Etsy to promote your items
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from LeeU in Mark:Selling pendants online in retirement   
    Sound observation.
    Almost no one on Etsy in any category makes a full time living from that site, despite the "quit your day job" series of blog posts Etsy liked to promote at one point. Last I looked, the actual number doing that was only 2-3% of sellers.  Etsy is best used as one income stream amongst many as a part of a full time income, or as a modest side or part time income.
    Online sales results will depend largely on your own ability to understand and execute online promotion. There is no such thing as "set it and forget it." Anyone who says otherwise is likely trying to sell you a course.  
    And after sounding all negative and cynical like that, I have to also say that success needs to be defined by the individual. If you're earning a hundred dollars every once in a while to pay for more materials or firing fees and that's all you need, then great! If it's less overheard and stress to have a spring sale online than to pack up and travel out of town for four days at Easter for the same amount of profit, then do the online and save your sanity. Not everyone lives in an area with good in-person sales to hand, and they find their supportive community online instead. At that point, online sales make sense. Do you.
    We don't sprout instantly profitable businesses overnight, and online selling is a tool in the box to help  build. Like any tool though, it needs to be used properly to get the best results. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Min in Rough glaze   
    Thanks for providing more info @ronfire, that was really helpful. I agree with Neil, apply the u.g. to dry greenware then bisque fire it. BTW I think the clear glaze that Greenbarn sells for M340 is this one from Tony Hansen. 
    Ron, I looked up PSH underglazes and they do say to put them on bisque then glaze when dry so I'm wondering if they flux out a bit at typical bisque temps. Like everything ceramics I would suggest running a few test tiles before doing actual work.
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from LeeU in What’s on your workbench?   
    Two down, 50 to go. 

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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to Hulk in Teapots cracking just above foot when filled with boiling water.   
    Hi Morris!
    ditto on pics, and approximate the thickness on both sides o'th' footring - if you trim rings, else both sides of the cracks - my guess would be the bottom is much thicker than the base of the wall? 
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    Callie Beller Diesel 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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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in First porcelain fire: questions   
    For functional work, it’s best to fire your clay to maturity. 
    Porcelain shouldn’t stick at all in the bisque. As long as you leave about 1/4” at the bottom of the piece unglazed (wax resist is your friend), you shouldn’t have too much glaze trouble, unless your glaze is unusually runny. Make sure the bottoms are wiped clean after glazing and you should be fine. 
    Its only some porcelain, usually the really translucent ones, that will “pluck” the kiln shelf, not all of them. As long as you’re kiln washed and have clean bottoms it’s not a big deal. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    Two down, 50 to go. 

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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Babs in What’s on your workbench?   
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Recycling Clay   
    Recycling scraps isn't really much different than recycling larger quantities of clay. If your clay is wet enough to just re-wedge, then that's the best method.  If it's harder, you can break it up and put it in a bag with a little water and seal it up tight.  You'll have to wedge a lot to get everything even. If the piece is mostly dry, it might be easiest to slake it down and turn it into slurry.
    The drying thing is just a matter of keeping an eye on it, and learning how your material reacts to the atmosphere in your specific location. That will depend on your ambient temperature, how wet the clay was to start with, and how humid it is this week.
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    Callie Beller Diesel 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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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to LeeU in QotW: How do you prefer to organize your tools for your work areas?   
    Each of my work stations (for functions in the process) has its own array of most-used tools and assists placed as neatly near by as possible. I use little household bins to hold horizontals and jars for uprights, bowls/catchalls for sponges, hooks for hanging things, carefully chosen shelving, and planned use of spaces under tables. My clay is in 5 gal buckets set on those plant-moving things with wheels, I use carts with drawers to store smalls, labeled by category.  I label everything so I can remember what's what (i.e. this shelf is bisque for glazing, that shelf is greenware etc.). I write the type of clay and cone, and type of glaze and cone, on masking tape and put that where I can see it at a glance. I try to put like items together-by size or type or function.  
    I have such a small space and I don't tolerate mess very well, especially my own, that I just have to keep it functional or I get put off and back out when I need to press ahead. It's kind of a mental containment strategy, to keep my studio so that I can walk in and just get to work and have what I need at hand without having to search for things  or clean them off first. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to liambesaw in Bowl fired on rim?   
    As long as there's no memory or pyroplasticity issues, nothing like a forgotten bump or an untwisting of clay to frustrate
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from terrim8 in Bowl fired on rim?   
    I used to fire a soup bowl design rim to rim and got more warping that way than when I just put them rim down on the shelf. But some of that’s is going to depend on your clay, I bet. 
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Benzine in What’s on your workbench?   
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Much like @Callie Beller Diesel, I have a full plate tonight.  In celebration of my youtube channel reaching 100 subscribers I decided it was a good idea to throw 100 bowls.  Now that they're all drying at a rapid rate, I'm having second thoughts on how great of an idea it was! Haha

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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
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    Callie Beller Diesel reacted to oldlady in Rolling Pin Question/Recommendation   
    when you slice a piece of clay off a new block, slap it soundly on the floor and stretch it out .  flip it and  do it again from the opposite end, stretching it even more.  the slapping motion also compresses the clay and makes it more thixotropic.   your rolling pin will like working on stretched, compressed clay.
    when rolling, always start from the center of the piece of clay.   roll away for the first time and then from the center toward your tummy.  twirl the flat slab around a quarter turn and do it again.   as you work, try to continue that pattern every time you use a fresh piece of clay.    it is much easier to control the clay this way  than shoving the rolling pin into a mass of clay that wants to fight back.
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    Callie Beller Diesel got a reaction from Hulk in Ceramics Studio Business Model - Expenses and Tips   
    I think the trick to your situation will be to get very specific. A lot of any business numbers will depend to a degree on how you want to structure the business, and what you plan to offer as services/facilities. How much of a business plan have you built so far?
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