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  1. I found a picture of my roller based centering tool mounted on my old M 400. . The roller is particularly relevant to me since I throw dry.. . Using a variety of other roller based tools that I have fabricated.
  2. It's a gizmo that I built to fit on my old M 400. I would be glad to show you a picture of it at this point, but it won't make much sense until I get it adapted to my new whisper VL.. Which should not be very long. I will send you a picture as soon as I get it mounted on my whisper. It's basically a lever system that I welded up that pivots on a bolt in the wheel to hold a wooden rolling pin roller to the clay. It's built so I can use the calf of my left leg to apply pressure. The only thing that I need to use my hands for is to apply a little bit of pressure opposite the roller to keep from pushing the clay off of the bat. The thing is so powerful that it's very easy to put too much pressure to quickly.
  3. I give away as much of my art as I can as a way of supporting community projects. It gives me something to do with my stuff, which I enjoyed making, and it provides a lot of support for local do-gooder organizations without having to cough over with cash. I'm always looking for some new group to give my stuff to. Though I don't try to sell my stuff, occasionally someone who lost in the bidding war for my piece wants to come over to see what else I have and buy something. I have to admit to not giving away my favorite stuff.
  4. I'm just a hobbyist potter. Though my stuff has some similarities, no two are alike. What I enjoy about pottery, and other art I do, is solving the various problems that occur. Once I figure out how to do something successfully, I will build it into my repertoire of techniques but move on to something else to solve. Making pretty things is peripheral , since I can't figure out what pretty is or what good art is. Though I don't attempt to sell my stuff, some people seem to fancy a little of it.
  5. I just bought a VL Whisper. I have a roller based centering tool which produces very little drag on the wheel so that slowing will not be a problem.
  6. How big of a lump of clay can you easily center before torque becomes a problem?
  7. The only criticism I have heard of the whisper VL is that it lacks enough torque. What's your view on this? How much clay do you throw?
  8. I will definitely not go with the speedball. I'm interested that no one has mentioned, good or bad. Shimpo Wheels like the whisper VL. Has anyone used one? The direct drive seems to be a good idea but I really don't know if it makes much difference, except for less things to go wrong. There seems to be some concern about them not having enough torque if you throw really large. I've never thrown more than 30 pounds of clay and see no reason to throw more than that. It seems like Brent, Bailey and Skutt are the best candidates???? They look extremely similar to me. Thanks for all the info
  9. The Skutt looks nice. Thanks Is there a good reason to favor direct drive wheels
  10. My Shimpo M 400 just died. Repairing it may cost more than it's really worth. What are you folks liking in current electric potters wheels? Just by raw specifications, the Speedball Big Boss Pottery Wheel looks like a deal. Has anyone used one?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Yes that it the crawl I want. The trick is getting it to stick on vertical surfaces.. which I have done, but with difficulty.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Here is the recipe for LaLone Crawl Nepheline Syenite (Theoretical) 70 Magnesium carbonate 25 Ball Clay (Theoretical) 5
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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