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  1. Hey everyone! Bet y'all thought I kicked the bucket or fell off of the face of the earth or something? Nope. Still kicking. Just stopped by to say high and that I hope everyone in having a great summer. Will try to swing back by here in a few days...or whatever....Always thinking about y'all!

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    2. Min

      Min

      So glad that it sounds like things are going well with D.!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Joseph Fireborn
    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  2. Hey y'all! How's everyone else doing? I finally have GREAT news! My beloved husband's cancer is finally reacting to the chemo therapy that his oncologist has put him on. Third time's the charm, eh!?! YAY!!

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      My beast hope, thoughts and prayers for you family. Glad to see some good news for you both.

    3. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Thank you all, for your kind words and warm thoughts! It means more to both of us than you may ever know! THANK YOU!!! <3 <3 <3

    4. Denice

      Denice

      Yea the fight goes on.

  3. You don't really have to pop the cured slab out of the box, Pug. The main reason for doing so is to prevent small bits from flaking off and getting into your work. If you clean up the slab in place, let it dry thoroughly, and there are no small bits around, you should be safe in just leaving it in the box. As dear old dad always said...."Work smarter, not harder"
  4. I used straight up, old fashioned POP that I got from Home Depot, Pugaboo. I've had zero problems with it, even in my very large (by my standards ) damp box. Just be sure to pop the slab out, once it has set of course, and clean off any residual bits that splash up on the sides during pouring into or mixing in the box. Then take a sure-form, or something like it, to clean the rough edges of your slap before placing back in the damp box. I use a simple green scrubby pad for this and it works just fine for my purposes.
  5. Is anyone else not liking the new sign in page, besides me? There's no "Remember Me" option in which to keep myself logged in. Very annoying!

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    2. GEP

      GEP

      Amy, the forum does not automatically log you out. Do you have cookies disabled on your computer? If so, then try enabling cookies.

    3. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      I haven't changed a dang thing, GEP. The change came from CAD. It used to be so easy. Stop by, see what new vids are up...then trundle on in to here. For crying out loud people! If it ain't broke, DON'T FIX IT!!! >:(

    4. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      I took your advice Joseph. There's more than one way to skin a dead cat, I guess. I just don't like change all that much....creature of habit. That's ME! ;)

  6. SNOWWWW!!! Glorious SNOW!!!! Yes! I have SNOW!!! :D About 4 inches of WONDERFUL SNOW!!!! :D

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    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Never fear, Guinea gal! More is forecasted for tomorrow night!! Weeheeheeheee!!! Although, my back is just killing me after having taken care of the entire driveway! :P

    3. Denice

      Denice

      No snow in the future I'm Okay with that. Suppose to be 62 today even warmer tomorrow.

    4. alabama

      alabama

      Amy, you're welcome to my share of snow that falls my way!!!I've seen it a few times which satisfied any curiosity!

  7. Totally loving my new shrink gage ruler that I bought from Axner. Just hold it up to a piece that is similar and size that I want to make and make my work to that size! No more scrapping something because it's too big or, as is usually the case, too small! Weeeheeheeehee!!!

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I need this! Sounds amazing!

  8. Ordered me up a pair of measuring rulers that take into account shrinkage! Can hardly wait for them to arrive!! :D

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    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Axner has them. And I just got an email notification this morning that they're out for delivery TODAY!! If it weren't so freaking cold, (just 3F this morning!) I'd park my butt next to the mail box and wait for them!!! Hahahaha! Maybe I'll just spend my morning in cleaning the studio until they arrive. Lordy knows it could use it!:P

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Then you'll be all ready to play when it comes and you won't go crazy waiting.

    4. Denice

      Denice

      My shrink ruler is from Creative Industries in El Cajon, CA. It's 6 and 10% on one side 12 and 14 on the other. It's a fat plastic ruler. I have seen it listed on ceramic stores on-line. I bought mine at the Fort Worth NCECA.

  9. I has SNOW!!! Happy dance! Happy dance!!! :D

    1. Pres

      Pres

      Not to be rude, but you can have it. . .

    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Thank you! I'll take it! We're in our 4th year of drought. If we don't get a ton of snow this winter, I shudder to think how bad the fires might be come summer....not to mention the agriculture needs, as well as the needs of people and wildlife. We REALLY need every drop of rain and flake of snow we can get!!!!!

  10. I have declared the upcoming week to be MY week to get back into the studio. After nearly 4 days without power (thanks a peach there, Mother Nature!) and numerous doctor appointments, surgery and recovery time for my beloved husband, after Monday's doctor appointment for him, I'll finally have the better part of the whole week to myself and my studio!! Finally! MUD TIME!!!

    1. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      That storm was absolutely INSANE. David and I drove from Cheney to Davenport in that mess and it was SCARY. D:

    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Thankfully, I didn't have to drive anywhere at that time. Glad you got home safe. How many tumbleweeds did ya have to dodge dear lady?!

  11. I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this pulled handles business! :D

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    2. Evelyne Schoenmann
    3. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Tell me about it! I think I made more slip than actual handles! :P LOL!

    4. alabama

      alabama

      Pulled handles are the best. I've seen handles thrown on à wheel, rolled on à table, and of course extruded. I'd rank them 1. Pulled, 2. Extruded, 3.rolled,4. Thrown.

  12. But at least now you know. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
  13. I think I understand your mind-set Doc. I'm a "waste not, want not" kind of gal myself. Even if it were FREE, I'd still find a way to revive/reclaim/recycle/reuse whatever it is ..... If it's a water based resist, maybe try adding water and let it sit for a few days....see if you can then stir it up with a whisk or one of those little stick blenders. Failing that, maybe try heating it up a bit. Sometimes things rehydrate better when they're warm or hot. Best of luck. Let us know what you find out.
  14. Chicken coop cleaned? Check! Grocery shopping done and put away? Check! Now it's ME time. Look out studio. Here I COME!!!! :D

  15. Happiness is a squeeky clean studio. Yay ME!!!

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I am waiting til I get ready to go away for 6 weeks. Then I can come back to a clean studio with new ideas.

       

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Whoo! On Wednesday I spent three hours in mine. I avoid it like the plague but when I clean a burst of creativity always follows. :)

       

  16. Weehheeeheeeheeee!! My new pyrometer arrived today. Now I can do Raku any old time I want!!!! :D

  17. I'm beginning to think that the Kiln Gods hate me! :(

    1. Celia UK

      Celia UK

      Oh no Amy - the best and worst part of ceramics to my mind. Joy opening a successful glaze fire, distress opening an unsuccessful one! I'm making assumptions here of course.

    2. Denice

      Denice

      Maybe you need to make a little kiln god before every firing.

    3. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Well, the Kiln Gods hate my kiln at the very least. Here we go again. Another $100 to get her back up and running right. Somebody kindly explain to me why one can buy two infinite switches for the price of ONE 3 heat switch! I'd really like to know! *sigh* Oh well, it is what it is. When I inherited this kiln, it was likely in need of a complete overhaul anyhow. She's still cheaper than buying new. For the moment. That could change suddenly. :(

  18. Mine!! Mine!! MINEMINEMINEMINEMIIIIINE!!!!
  19. Fired up the kiln at 4:00AM. Nice little load of test tiles and a few experiments.

  20. Bisque fire done firing. Now to practice my patience mode and wait to open it tomorrow morning. Gaaaaah!!! I haven't got a patient bone in my body!!!

  21. Why do pets have to take such a huge piece of our hearts when they go? :'(

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    2. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      You are brave Alabama ... Around my house some other animal would dig up that tasty bulb then the whole story would end badly!

    3. alabama

      alabama

      Chris - I can't think of any vermin that eats our Jonquil, i.e. Dafodil bulbs. We have possums which become roadkill while eating roadkill. We have "possums on the half shell",

      a.k.a Armadillos

      which eat worms and grubs. Thats why we can put bulbs at graves and mark

      property lines, to keep surveyors accurate.

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I love the Rainbow Bridge poem. I share it with friends who have lost their pets. Always brings a tear to my eye.

  22. Sorry, no, I don't. Your picture was the first I had ever seen of one. Here's a thought: Measure the clearance of the base of the wheel head. Then contact some of the wheel accessories suppliers and see if they have something that might fit. Clay King offers replacement splash pans for several different manufacturers, ranging in price from about $45 to $60 plus shipping. One of them is bound to fit your CI. But shop around. It pays to do your research! Yet another thought: try fitting the splash pans to your two models of Brent and see if one of them comes close. It would make for a
  23. Have you considered just using it for trimming? That would cut down substantially on your concerns of making a big mess with it. Dry clay, after all, is a lot easier to clean up than wet! Just curious, how much did you pick it up for?
  24. 12 hours and STILL haven't reached ^5, new elements not withstanding. Please, Oh Mighty Kiln Gods, show mercy on this tired old worry wort. Let the kiln sitter trip already!!!

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    2. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      Bloody hell, that's a stresser. I usually fire that slow anyway, hehe. My glazes like lotsa time to bubble and melt... :)

    3. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      I'm pleased with the results of some pieces, and less than thrilled with others. And some of them are growing on me...kind of like mold!

    4. Denice

      Denice

      That is a long firing you might ask in the Equipment and Repair section if there is something else you need to replace. I know they replace other parts when I had mine rewired.

  25. Holy Mother of Pearl! Now I know why kiln shops charge so freaking much to install new elements!!! That's quite a job!

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    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Yeah, don't scrimp on elements. But it's good to have it done, isn't it?

    3. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Yes it is Roberta! Not something I care to repeat any time soon. Thankfully, I don't fire all that often, so this kiln should now outlive me! ;)

    4. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      Omfg, I hear you, sister. I have an old kiln, too, and changing his elements woulda tested the patience of Mother Theresa! It's really great crimping those dang wires with arthritic hands, too. Argh!

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