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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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    LinR got a reaction from rayaldridge in Bowl Decorations... Inside Or Outside Of Bowl?   
    I once had a customer ask me why bowls were always decorated on the inside.  She had a daughter in a wheelchair who only saw the tableware from a low angle and found the outsides of bowls very boring.  As someone else said, it depends.  Lin
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    LinR got a reaction from Mysteria in Pottery For New Baby   
    For my 5 grandkids I did the footprint plaques.  They hang above the window in my kitchen.  If you do these make sure to use very soft clay.  You don't want to push the baby foot into firm clay!
    I also made a toothbrush holder in the shape of an apple with a worm exiting.  The apple has a simple hole in the top for the toothbrush.  Fun to make stuff for the little ones. 
    I'm now working on lunch sets for the first to leave home.
    Lin
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