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  1. I tried most of the suggestions that were offered. By far the most effective was the suspender that Glaze Nerd sent me. It works far better than the bentonite that I had been using. Even with very thick layers of Lalone Crawl, the glaze remained solidly fastened to the bisque and just developed the fine cracks that are necessary for the crawl.
  2. Cleaning things is what girls like to do I don't like the build up while I am using them, particularly on dry throwing tools.
  3. I've had some nice results sticking very very fine copper wire on top of glaze using a glue gun. You can make all kinds of interesting patterns. I don't find that steel or aluminum make very attractive patterns.. Unless you're in this some kind of funk art effect.
  4. I have long been annoyed by the clay that builds up on my tools , particularly my dry throwing tools. I've tried coating them with motor oil, axle grease, WD-40, silicon, green soap and probably a dozen other things I can't remember. I have recently been experimenting with coconut oil, which is about the slimiest stuff I've ever run into. It really works quite well, particularly on porous surfaces like wooden tools, and bisque molds. You have to give the surfaces several coats to saturate them and then occasionally recoat them. It ain't perfect, but is far better than anything else I've come up with.
  5. Yes that it the crawl I want. The trick is getting it to stick on vertical surfaces.. which I have done, but with difficulty.
  6. Joe The gel sounds like a fairly simple solution that might work. I will give it a try. It looks like I have a whole bunch of options to test.. Of course, that's the fun part.
  7. This is a crackle / crawl glaze. It's supposed to break up into potato chips to form a very interesting pattern. The issue is not to suppress the crackling but to get the potato chips to stick to the pot. This all works very well on horizontal surfaces but it's really hard to get it to stick on vertical surfaces. As previously mentioned, I found ways to get it to stick, such as adding some Elmer's, but that suppresses the formation of the potato chip. You can see one variation of what it does in the picture ti the left.
  8. Here is the recipe for LaLone Crawl Nepheline Syenite (Theoretical) 70 Magnesium carbonate 25 Ball Clay (Theoretical) 5
  9. I am having trouble getting high magnesium glazes like Lalone crawl to stick on vertical surfaces. I have tried spraying over it with spray starch and hairspray. Does not work. I have mixed Elmer's glue with it. This will cause it to stick but it changes the crackly character in ways I don't like. I have tried spraying a layer of Elmer's glue on and then spraying crawl over it. That doesn't work. I emailed Mike Lalone because he has obviously figured out how to make it stick on vertical surfaces. I never got a reply Often I resort to gluing the potato chips that have fallen off back on with a dab of Elmer's glue. This is a very crude solution which is very time-consuming. Does anyone have a better idea?
  10. The idea of thinking of myself as an artist is very strange since I've had no training in any of the arts that I do. I've always thought of myself more as a logical linear left brain thinker. However, as I've gotten into doing ceramics, welded art and photography, I am a bit startled that some of my stuff actually looks pretty good. Though I make no attempt to sell my work, people actually asked me if I'd like to sell this or that..... strange. I found a lot of the patterns that I've developed in welding transfer nicely to ceramics. Colors and shapes from photography also transfer well to ceramics. Contures in ceramics transfer to contures in welding. Ceramics is by far the most difficult of my three hobbies. All three arts depend on a different aesthetic, so it's a bit of a head shift when I go from one to the other.
  11. Thanks for the excellent suggestions. I will give them a try. I really don't like brushing glaze at all, but sometimes the design just does not allow spraying.
  12. I've consistently had poor luck getting brushed glazed to look good. I've tried adding CMC & glycerin, brushing a couple light coats 90 degrees from one another. I even added a couple of voodoo dances with loud growling and grunting. Nothing seems to make all that much difference. It possible because I've seen work that has been glazed by brushing and looks perfect. Let me in on the secret
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  14. There did not seem to be any noticeable heating of the metal even though the brush that I used had a lot more metal than most small brushes. I suspect that's because the metal is submersed in water and the microwave is only on for about 10 seconds.
  15. I had always been very diligent every time I used wax resist to quickly scrub out the resist. This kind of worked to make a brush flat last a bit longer, but slowly wax was building up in it. The other day I forgot to wash out the brush at all, a trashed brush, I thought. I found a quick way to make it come perfectly clean again. I took a small glass jar and put a little water and dish soap in the bottom. I stuck the brush in it and put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds, until the water was slightly boiling. I pull it out of the microwave, swished around in the solution. The brush was absolutely clean, like brand-new, no wax. I thought others might find this discovery useful.
  16. Hi Tom Re: your email It is easy to support a good idea. I'm interested in what you come up with on additive A. Some time ago I posted a message on the board asking if anyone had tried it. Of course, nobody had but many posted irrelevant comments. I too like to solve the problems, but more from the mechanical end than the chemical end. That is a reason that I call myself the gizmo guy. Also being a welder helps me make strange gizmos to make pottery easier.
  17. Tom, That is quite impressive, both your series of posts and your proposed article. I cut and pasted it into one big wordprocessor document. You should have been a lab chemist. They love doing that kind of stuff. When I was an administrator for a large mental health research project at the University of South Florida, I developed a way of dealing with conflict in the very conflict prone organization. I was In a position that many people envied and thus was prone to attack on whatever I said, just from jealousy. When this happened I would think for a moment whether anything substantively worth fighting for was at stake or was the battle just over who was right. It was only an ego battle over being right I would typically just look at them and not even answer. I figured that I had offered what insight I could and if they did not find it useful that was okay. If there was something substantive to be gained in the battle, I would argue as hard as anybody else. As Nietzsche said "that which does not kill, you makes you stronger"
  18. I suspect that they are good recipes. They were included with the glazechem glaze software.
  19. Thanks for checking this. I have fixed the Raku link. Let me know if you find any other problems
  20. Thanks for the input. I just rechecked the links and I think they are right though the query strings are similar. After you download them let me know if there is a problem.
  21. I found that I had a 2013 chemglaze database.There are hundreds of recipes. I extracted the recipes for you folk. The files were so large that this software would not accept even one of them as attachments. So, I put them on google drive. The links to download these .html files are below. Your browser should let you view them. Raku https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B74t5cHBHat2TFBSRlE0LTRVVm8/view?usp=sharing Midfire https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B74t5cHBHat2LUFRdF83T0dsc2c Highfire https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B74t5cHBHat2Q3RhSmxGSFhLUHc/view?usp=sharing LowFire https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B74t5cHBHat2QnRYck9xLUQ0cnc/view?usp=sharing
  22. What is Dewily?. I searched for it on the web. I find Turkish definitions for it but no vendor. My steel grinder, another garage sale find, is an antique Sears probably from the 50s. It still runs absolutely quiet. The bearings are so good that sometimes five minutes after I turn it off it is still spinning so fast that I have to go over and to make sure I actually turned it off. Years ago one of my electric garage openers wasn't strong enough for my cold winters and I had to replace it. I used the motor to build a water cooled diamond disk bottom grinder, something like what the lapidary people use. It works very well. Its low-speed makes it easier to keep wet and cool.
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