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  1. One cheap, effective and essential tool for SEO is scrapebox. You can get it at www.scrapebox.com. SEO is a huge amount of work, but essential if you're going to make this thing pay either on your own website, Facebook or elsewhere. If you want to go with your own website either WordPress or Joomla! are the best choices. They are free, have an immense number of add-ins and work well. WordPress is more SEO friendly
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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"
  6. I suspect that they are good recipes. They were included with the glazechem glaze software.
  7. Thanks for checking this. I have fixed the Raku link. Let me know if you find any other problems
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Mark I have a couple of bench grinders. One with really rough stones for my welding and another with finer stones that I typically use for sharpening pottery tools. I could replace the stones on my pottery grinder with the ones that you suggest. How would they be for sharpening pottery tools? I have flex drive dremmel tool (garage sale find) that I have never used. Maybe I should hook it up and try the bit you are suggesting. Thanks
  12. My lids don't fit all that bad. Every now and then then one of them isn't what I was hoping for. You've given me some better ideas than using a router. And with them I won't even have to use my suit of armor
  13. I'm trying to get my lid fits more precisely. Obsessive compulsive disorder??? I understand the need for protection from the flying crap.. I was considering one of those medieval suits of armor.
  14. Has anyone ever tried using diamond router ^6 bisqueware?
  15. I have used WordPress and Joomla! for other purposes and found them both very impressive. WordPress is a little more adept at search engine optimization and is a little bit more user friendly. They both have an enormous number of easy to use free add-ins that can make about anything you would want for a pottery studio business. Though I park my domain names at Go Daddy, I've heard bad things about their hosting. I used ICDsoft for about 20 years and was extremely impressed with their reliability and service. There also very cheap, something around six dollars per month. If you're going to get into a website, you have to get some traffic. ScrapeBox is one of the best tools and also very cheap. Don't think you're just going to stick up a website and people are going to come to it. In terms of layout, I like those grid galleries that show just pictures of each pot and you can click on the picture. The link takes you to an enlarged view with whatever explanation you want to offer. I hate the kind that have one pot per page which provides no overview for what you offer. If you move on this, I've done a lot of SEO. Though I'm not willing to do it anymore, I can provide you with some guidance and resources. You have to be willing to put in some time to learn this stuff and implement it.
  16. I got my green soap on eBay. It is made by COSCO soap and detergent company, 1930 Troulman St, Ridgewood, NY. Here's the link to The stuff that I have on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/8oz-Bottle-Pure-Cosco-Tincture-Green-Soap-Medical-Supply-Tattoo-Made-in-USA-/252615541015?hash=item3ad10f4117:g:6SIAAOSwlfxXFkoFAnd It's really slippery stuff.
  17. I put green soap on my wooden tools. It not only protects the wood but reduces the amount of gunk that sticks to them.
  18. Where did you get your PhD in chemistry?
  19. I get the idea of how this stuff works and what it is supposed to do, but has anyone actually given it a shot and found it useful In clay or glazes? Having seen many theories that don't actually predict, I like empirical verification. I will get that five dollars to you via Santa next year.
  20. In Zamek's book, he discusses them as two different entities, though, according to him, they do have some similar applications.
  21. Hi Marcia First time I ever heard of it. All I know about this stuff is what I read in the book.
  22. Hi Mark Maybe I should have also asked if it causes diarrhea. But at your described velocity, that would just cause more lift on takeoff. Thanks for the link, but that is essentially the article in his book.
  23. Was just reading Zamek's book "what Every Potter Should Know". He goes on at length about the wonders of additive A. Has anyone use this stuff and with what result?
  24. Morning Larry, The way things are going over here at the moment you could probably get Buckinghamshire Palace for $50 and a big mac. When evey thing collapses we can at least make a living bartering out pots. In this country, people are upset now with what is basically rumor and anticipation. This is going to escalate radically when it actually starts impacting us. Maybe you could build your tiles into a fortress. By the way your stuff is really great. I think you could probably exchange one of your coin tiles for Buckingham palace.
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