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    LinR got a reaction from Benzine in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    Re raku firing.  The first one I was involved with was in my teacher's basement.  A 10 cu ft electric kiln with  pulley that lifted the lid.  The shelves were built up so that only the top layer was used.  Once the pots reached the required temp the lid was lifted (I don't know if the kiln was turned off)  and the pots were tonged into garbage cans through the basement window.
    How many rules does that break? It never happened again and the house didn't burn down (miracle) and no one was hurt (another miracle.
    Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What is the silliest thing you have done or seen done dealing with Ceramics?   
    Re raku firing.  The first one I was involved with was in my teacher's basement.  A 10 cu ft electric kiln with  pulley that lifted the lid.  The shelves were built up so that only the top layer was used.  Once the pots reached the required temp the lid was lifted (I don't know if the kiln was turned off)  and the pots were tonged into garbage cans through the basement window.
    How many rules does that break? It never happened again and the house didn't burn down (miracle) and no one was hurt (another miracle.
    Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from OFP in Birdbath   
    You might want to make the extra long foot even longer.  My first one was short like you suggested and the local raccoons would put their paws on the edge and their weight would tip the bowl right off.  Also glaze the inside of the bowl.  I didn't.  Really hard to clean thoroughly. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from liambesaw in Birdbath   
    You might want to make the extra long foot even longer.  My first one was short like you suggested and the local raccoons would put their paws on the edge and their weight would tip the bowl right off.  Also glaze the inside of the bowl.  I didn't.  Really hard to clean thoroughly. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from sarah staub in help- slab work cracking when I melt glass on it   
    The group that I work with have found that B mix 5 really doesn't like to be fired to cone 6.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Shipping   
    Just an item on CBC (Canada) today that the post office is having almost as much business right now as it usually has at Xmas.  L
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    LinR got a reaction from Babs in QotW: What are you doing for exercise during this coronovirus time, beyond working in the shop?   
    A 2 mile walk weather permitting every day best recent time 33 min 33 sec.  Not bad for a pair pushing 80 very hard.  Good weather has also meant the garden getting a lot of attention.  Good thing because there was a lot of neglect over the past couple of years.  Wednesday 3 yards of garden soil will be dumped on the driveway.  That should keep us out of trouble or kill us. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What are you doing for exercise during this coronovirus time, beyond working in the shop?   
    A 2 mile walk weather permitting every day best recent time 33 min 33 sec.  Not bad for a pair pushing 80 very hard.  Good weather has also meant the garden getting a lot of attention.  Good thing because there was a lot of neglect over the past couple of years.  Wednesday 3 yards of garden soil will be dumped on the driveway.  That should keep us out of trouble or kill us. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Bill Kielb in QotW: What are you doing for exercise during this coronovirus time, beyond working in the shop?   
    A 2 mile walk weather permitting every day best recent time 33 min 33 sec.  Not bad for a pair pushing 80 very hard.  Good weather has also meant the garden getting a lot of attention.  Good thing because there was a lot of neglect over the past couple of years.  Wednesday 3 yards of garden soil will be dumped on the driveway.  That should keep us out of trouble or kill us. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Hulk in What's On Your Kitchen Table?   
    Ha!  I'm also baking.  Making enough to stash some cookies and cakes in the freezer for the heat of the summer.  I also make my own sourdough bread but don't have a recipe.  I've been doing it for so long that I more or less do it by feel.  But I also use some white flour, some whole wheat, throw in some ground flax and some sunflower seeds and if I have anything else appropriate that goes in too.  I make 2 loaves which last us a couple of weeks.  The bread is usually baked by sometime in the evening at which time we each have a fresh slice with butter.  It gets plastic bagged over night and is easy to slice in the morning.  Then I use strips of plastic between each slice, double bag it and pop it into the freezer. Bought bread tastes really bland now.  L
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    LinR got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Exchanging Frit 3124 for 3134   
    Callie, I am understanding from you that it is ok to use  Frit 3124 and 3124 interchangeably in an underglaze but not in a glaze?
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    LinR got a reaction from Rex Johnson in Olympic gas kiln - to buy or not to buy?   
    I have had an updraft, 5 burner, 7 cu. ft. Olympic kiln for many years.  It has been mainly frustrating.  I have found it very difficult to get it to reduce evenly.  I have found it to
    vary in temperature by as much as 3 cones.   Right now I fire to about a 61/2 and it is still cold at the top and bottom.  As a hobbyist I am not in a position to get another kiln but I would not recommend this one to anyone. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Roberta12 in Firing with glass   
    I have fired chips of glass stuck into the raw clay near the outside top of  a mug and then bisqued it.  I expected the glass to pop out but it melted and then when glazed gave a nice run of glass through the glaze. I have also used it in flatish wall pieces fired flat in the glaze fire to give an interesting highlight to an area.  If the glass is too thick it can cause the clay to crack either in the firing or much later on.  Tension problems I would guess.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from yappystudent in Firing with glass   
    I have fired chips of glass stuck into the raw clay near the outside top of  a mug and then bisqued it.  I expected the glass to pop out but it melted and then when glazed gave a nice run of glass through the glaze. I have also used it in flatish wall pieces fired flat in the glaze fire to give an interesting highlight to an area.  If the glass is too thick it can cause the clay to crack either in the firing or much later on.  Tension problems I would guess.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Rae Reich in Firing with glass   
    I have fired chips of glass stuck into the raw clay near the outside top of  a mug and then bisqued it.  I expected the glass to pop out but it melted and then when glazed gave a nice run of glass through the glaze. I have also used it in flatish wall pieces fired flat in the glaze fire to give an interesting highlight to an area.  If the glass is too thick it can cause the clay to crack either in the firing or much later on.  Tension problems I would guess.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Min in Olympic gas kiln - to buy or not to buy?   
    I have had an updraft, 5 burner, 7 cu. ft. Olympic kiln for many years.  It has been mainly frustrating.  I have found it very difficult to get it to reduce evenly.  I have found it to
    vary in temperature by as much as 3 cones.   Right now I fire to about a 61/2 and it is still cold at the top and bottom.  As a hobbyist I am not in a position to get another kiln but I would not recommend this one to anyone. Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Chilly in Deflocculate, Or Toss It And Start Over?   
    A great tool to remix a glaze that has hard panned is a heavy duty loop tool.  L
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    LinR got a reaction from juliad76 in Marking Up And Using Holes As Decoration   
    I like scalpel  blades- so thin they don't pull the clay as much as exacto knives.
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    LinR got a reaction from petawb in Challenging Undertaking - Outdoor Pottery Workshop, No Power. Advice?   
    I wonder what your objective is in giving this workshop.  Are you trying to attract new people to pottery?  Are you trying to teach a particular technique?  Is this a fundraiser? Will your participants be signing on for the full 6 days?
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    LinR got a reaction from TwinRocks in Gargage Sale/ Driveway Sale For Selling Pieces   
    Maybe call it a Pop Up Shop.  They seem to be very trendy now.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Roberta12 in Gargage Sale/ Driveway Sale For Selling Pieces   
    Maybe call it a Pop Up Shop.  They seem to be very trendy now.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Gargage Sale/ Driveway Sale For Selling Pieces   
    Maybe call it a Pop Up Shop.  They seem to be very trendy now.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Pres in Ethical Dilemma-Any Ideas   
    Don't use anything that contains asbestos!  Although you might use a good mask, asbestos fibers can linger in your studio and on your clothes.  They can be lethal.
    My brother, a chartered accountant, worked in the office of a company which made nuts and bolts where asbestos was used on the manufacturing floor.  My brother rarely visited the manufacturing floor.  He died of mesothelioma.  It is not worth the risk.  Mesothelioma can  appear more than 20 years after exposure.  My brother was in pain, became paralysed and eventually lapsed into a coma.  Please don't use this stuff.
    Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Mark (Marko) Madrazo in Ethical Dilemma-Any Ideas   
    Don't use anything that contains asbestos!  Although you might use a good mask, asbestos fibers can linger in your studio and on your clothes.  They can be lethal.
    My brother, a chartered accountant, worked in the office of a company which made nuts and bolts where asbestos was used on the manufacturing floor.  My brother rarely visited the manufacturing floor.  He died of mesothelioma.  It is not worth the risk.  Mesothelioma can  appear more than 20 years after exposure.  My brother was in pain, became paralysed and eventually lapsed into a coma.  Please don't use this stuff.
    Lin
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    LinR reacted to Kye in Favourite Tools For Cutting Leather Hard?   
    The title says it all. What is your preferred tool for cutting leather hard clay? To date I've been poorly prepared and only had a non serated beginner triangle tool. I'm mainly interested in yarn bowls at this point, so I am looking for something to cut out a circular j wedge in leather hard bowl walls. I was about to buy a jewelers saw, and thought I'd check in here first. TIA.
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