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    Crusty reacted to Mark C. in Kiln Wash Flaking Off Of Shelves   
    Doc
    mine is
     
    Alumina hydrate 50%
    EPK                    25%
    calcined epk       25%
    You could up the calcined amount as well.
    I apply it as a cream consistency with a paint roller with a roller with a drip expanded metel tray hanging in 5 gallon bucket.
    I load it up and roll the shelve with two passes to cover a 12x 24-let it sun dry and apply another coat.
    fire with bisque pots on it in bisque load then high fire with pots  on it as well.
     
    this wash has worked well on all types of shelves over many decades.
    Never used commercial wash but have a bag that was given to me if you need it??I treat it as bad JUJU-hey maybe caulking a football or baseball field would be a good use of it.
    mark
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    Crusty reacted to GEP in Leaving Functional Ware Unglazed   
    I agree that it's not a safety issue, if you know your claybody and are firing it properly. I also agree with those who say it's harder to clean, and will also add that unglazed or matte-glazed surfaces make an unpleasant scraping noise when using metal silverware. The noise is why I line my foodware with a glossy glaze.
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    Crusty got a reaction from High Bridge Pottery in Glaze Spraying With A   
    The HVLP looks pretty good to me.. Thanks Mark, I watched the video on it..
     
    You 2 had to mention air brushes, O boy I hope Cindy doesn't see this .. Ill be buying both if she does...
     
    I used to spray commercial epoxy back in  my younger days, we usually ran our hog pumps around 60 PSI .. our guns had recoil LOL...
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    Crusty reacted to Mark C. in Pots Away!   
    I have sold many a pot right from a glaze kiln and never got to know them-OH well I made more.
    ( i am starting to wonder why I chose to be born here.)
    the question should read why did I stay?
     
    As far a special orders-I do not do them anymore-one of my better decisions-I wish I had done it a few decades ago.
    If you make an order its the one that will go south in the kiln-always Crusty-make at least 4-nothing like 3 dog bowls with the pets name on them to sell later.
    Now I take a break after the Holiday mode as you say Tom
    No amount of $ will make me get going early on my time off.Now as for an after holiday order-I always have boxes of mugs ready to roll for my outlets-I may take a break but they keep selling and I need to supply so I backstock lots of work always-this is a key business point for me.
    TJR you have full time job so go easy on yourself.
    Mark
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    Crusty got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Glaze Spraying With A   
    The HVLP looks pretty good to me.. Thanks Mark, I watched the video on it..
     
    You 2 had to mention air brushes, O boy I hope Cindy doesn't see this .. Ill be buying both if she does...
     
    I used to spray commercial epoxy back in  my younger days, we usually ran our hog pumps around 60 PSI .. our guns had recoil LOL...
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    Crusty got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Anybody Else Get Pouty?   
    Guin, TAKE BREAKS... if you don't were going to use the plastic off some lettuce and roll it in our hands over and over and over just to hear you scream for it LOL.... I did that before I fed my lil pigs when I was younger, they loved some veggies with it too.. Boy they could get loud...  Any ways, the only person that can take care of you is YOU !!!
     
    Warm water and Epson salt works wonders for me...I use warm water when I throw , just feels good...
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    Crusty reacted to Marcia Selsor in Glaze Spraying With A   
    I didn't like that one from Harbor Freight because I use an air brush sometimes and this is only one setting for the air pressure and no way to change to a different spray gun. I have a Geil gravity feed spray gun plus an EZ spray gun with 4 plastic jars.. So I replaced my compressor with a used Powerful from Sears which is whay I had been using for decades. I needed to replace the Powerful because it was noisy and overheating.
    If I only used the HVLP from Harbor Freight for glazing it would have been fine. It all depends on what you need to do with it.
     
    Marcia
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    Crusty reacted to Mark C. in Glaze Spraying With A   
    I was trying to keep it simple for Crusty as he did not want a air compressor
    I to have a small compressor and an airbrush and a Giel gun and two other guns as well
    I will add I use them all over time and usually at the same time as each has a different mix in it when sraying but the harbor freight one is self contained all in one
    easy to use and clean-my biggest beef is its noisy and as mentioned only one setting.
    It sprays slip to glaze just fine but it will not do any detail.
    I still like my small compressor and guns if I had to choose .
    Mark
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    Crusty reacted to neilestrick in Glaze Spraying With A   
    I knew a guy who sprayed glazes with a Wagner. Seemed to work for him, but ridiculously noisy.
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    Crusty got a reaction from Darcy Kane in Purple Haze, Opps No Glaze   
    Amaco one in Potters Choice called Smokey Merlot or PC57, I have used it and its only 10.50 or so a pint... You might want to look into their Celadon line of ^6 also...Sahara HF54 from Amaco is purple for about 16 bux, that line of glaze is very pretty...
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    Crusty reacted to GEP in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY - GEP
     
    I'll go first! This is a design I make on a regular basis, therefore my entry is ready to go.
     
    "Serving Bowl with Clouds" 11 inches across.
     


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    Crusty got a reaction from Carolyn Dorr in Are You Started Into Your New Year Plan/program. Are You On Track?   
    Our plan is to have fun and enjoy working with clay.. We are rite on track.
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    Crusty got a reaction from clay lover in Are You Started Into Your New Year Plan/program. Are You On Track?   
    Our plan is to have fun and enjoy working with clay.. We are rite on track.
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    Crusty reacted to Marcia Selsor in Community Challenge Idea   
    I'd like to see a gallery slot for the C"Challenge" rather than a members gallery. That way it would be easy to see many images on a screen. Going through pages of individual posts would be difficult to refer to pervious images.I think quarterly is also a good period of time. Many are busy working on other projects, etc.
     
    Marcia
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    Crusty got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Skutt Ks 1027 Firing Help!   
    Picture 1 -  pull the trip up and push the kiln sitter rod down- dont let go just yet, hold it..
    Picture 2- gently slide the cone in under the rod , its ok to let go now... 
    Picture 3 - Yours should be about 1/8 of a inch or under to start.. meaning, how deep the top piece lays over the trip.. the reason mine is so deep is i thought i ordered cone 6 cones but i guess i hit the cone 5 button, so i had to adjust to compensate..., The ^6 came in last week so i need to readjust ... a properly fired cone when sitting on the base should be bent 90 degrees, if its under 90 and the tip is pointing upward = under fired / if its past 90 and pointing more downward at the tip= over fired  / 
     
    i would like to add that i have been doing really good at a ^04 bisque... i tried ^06 and on my glaze firing i blew the bottom out of 3 nice pots and that is the last time i tried ^06 and wont do it again... not saying it wont work, just saying it didnt work for me and the kiln gods didnt like me trying... 
     
    if your kiln has a vent on it, just turn it on and dont worry about the peeps.. if you dont have one its probably best to leave the top peep out the entire firing.. you do not want gasses building up in the kiln , you want more oxygen in a electric kiln... 
     
    good luck to ya,
     
    nice n slow is the trick.. 
     
    _ooops the pictures are numbered, start at far right pic_...






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    Crusty reacted to Chris Campbell in Skutt Ks 1027 Firing Help!   
    Leaving all the peeps out ... as I once accidentally did ... means a VERY long firing in a toasty warm garage!
    If I was worried about something being damp I would crack the lid until a mirror held up to it did not have any fog forming on it.
    There are a thousand ways to complicate a firing and we potters find them all.
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    Crusty reacted to Janet in Black Raven   
    I have  used Black Raven and had problems with the glaze bubbling. I found later that the firing is done differently, I don't remember about the bisque firing but the glaze is fired to cone 6 with no hold. Check with one of the glaze companies or your local store.
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    Crusty reacted to Denice in Black Raven   
    I have never heard of Black Raven, but I have used a clay by Laguna that is black at C6 electric.  I tested 20 glazes on it and wasn't happy with any of them,  I have used it for a wrought iron look.  Denice
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    Crusty got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Does Your Exuberance Show In Your Work?   
    Im with Darcy.. i sold some mugs,bowls and such yesterday, i had a young man tell me that i must really love what im makig because it shows in the each piece ... I wasnt expecting that at all , yes i was a happy potter...
     
    Those little candle holders we made like a to of em, all sold... people went crazy over them and want more, easy to make, fun to make and folks love them.. we did really good on our cups/mugs but if it didnt have a handle, it didnt sell= lesson learned... i am more excited now for whats in store for the future for us... our fun side is coming out in our pottery...
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    Crusty got a reaction from Darcy Kane in Does Your Exuberance Show In Your Work?   
    Im with Darcy.. i sold some mugs,bowls and such yesterday, i had a young man tell me that i must really love what im makig because it shows in the each piece ... I wasnt expecting that at all , yes i was a happy potter...
     
    Those little candle holders we made like a to of em, all sold... people went crazy over them and want more, easy to make, fun to make and folks love them.. we did really good on our cups/mugs but if it didnt have a handle, it didnt sell= lesson learned... i am more excited now for whats in store for the future for us... our fun side is coming out in our pottery...
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    Crusty got a reaction from Frankiegirl in Production Potter Productivity   
    I think I would sit down with my crew and have a open discussion about the issue .. Ask them what would make it better , what do they think it will take to hit the goal.. Sometimes the people doing the job might have ideas but wont bring them up to management because they think they wont be heard... I would also bring up piece work with a pay scale already figured out...
     
    I can throw a mug form fairly fast but putting the handles on etc. goes really slow for me...
     
    It would be nice to see some pictures of your procedure...
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    Crusty reacted to Tyler Miller in What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?   
    No leaps forward this year, just some steps in a number of different directions. Artist restraint may be where I made the most progress. This year I decided that "This is what I do" is a more satisfying mindset than "I want to do everything."

    I also figured out how to make my hand dug clay body work. That was a pretty satisfying large step.
     
    Hearing about great leaps forward like Crusty's makes me happy.  The steepest parts of the learning curve are always the most rewarding.
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    Crusty got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?   
    After wanting to get set up in clay for 2 years, we finally got started Sept. Its been the biggest learning curve for either of us to happen so fast..  Its like one day were talking about it and the next there is a wheel sitting there then another and a kiln.. We learned  the basics pretty fast and finally got the pulling down good enough to make some basic forms.. one thing leads to another, read,study, watch youtube,  try, fail do it all again...  I look back at the first pots we made and im so happy, I see a big difference in the pots we make now.. Growth.. we still have a long ways to go but were closer now than we were...
     
    I think the biggest thing for me personally is- after you make your hole and open  , you can take 1 hand into the pot at 6 oclock and push it towards the other on the outside, the clay rises and makes it a lot easier to pull since its thinner and already has some height to it- that really helps when working with larger weights of clay... I know that sounds rookie but when I learned that, it opened up the "feel" of pulling for me.. I really struggled with pulling the clay more than anything else, it was honestly killing me to watch videos of folks pulling these beautify walls and I couldn't do it to save my life...
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    Crusty got a reaction from Tyler Miller in What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?   
    After wanting to get set up in clay for 2 years, we finally got started Sept. Its been the biggest learning curve for either of us to happen so fast..  Its like one day were talking about it and the next there is a wheel sitting there then another and a kiln.. We learned  the basics pretty fast and finally got the pulling down good enough to make some basic forms.. one thing leads to another, read,study, watch youtube,  try, fail do it all again...  I look back at the first pots we made and im so happy, I see a big difference in the pots we make now.. Growth.. we still have a long ways to go but were closer now than we were...
     
    I think the biggest thing for me personally is- after you make your hole and open  , you can take 1 hand into the pot at 6 oclock and push it towards the other on the outside, the clay rises and makes it a lot easier to pull since its thinner and already has some height to it- that really helps when working with larger weights of clay... I know that sounds rookie but when I learned that, it opened up the "feel" of pulling for me.. I really struggled with pulling the clay more than anything else, it was honestly killing me to watch videos of folks pulling these beautify walls and I couldn't do it to save my life...
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    Crusty reacted to Tyler Miller in Trimming.   
    Find the zen of it.  You know zoning out?  Try zoning in.  Don't think about what you'd rather be doing or what you should be doing, just focus on the spinning piece and try to do it justice.  
     
    No thinking, just trimming.  It's a very addictive form of meditation.  I love the whole process of making a pot, but, as others have said, trimming's where the magic happens and you can elevate the form to its highest level.
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