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  1. Never thought of the paper towels, might leave ridges on the back side but that an be dealt with.
  2. Wish I had taken pictures of the cracks. It always looks like a shrinkage issue. The rim dries faster than the centre and cracks from the edge inward. The last attempt with the plastic and a hole in the middle the clay cracked after 4 days of slow drying and it was still wet enough to wedge after the failure. I can not get to the point of firm enough to remove from the exterior form.
  3. We give pottery to friends in Arizona when we winter there as well as donate for prizes to the Canada high school rodeo finals and some other horse related events.
  4. I used to be able to make the platters but now it just wont work.. I am using Plainsman M340 clay. Roll out the clay with a slab roller and then place inside a plastic serving platter. The plastic is sprayed with cooking oil and rubbed over evenly before the clay is placed in and worked into place with a sponge and trimmed flush with the edge. I sponge the edge smooth and run my fingernail along the bottom to make sure it does not grab over the edge. The problem is I used to be able to get them dry without all of them cracking ( usually got 2/3 or more success rate). now all of them
  5. When I looked into the add at check out it was going to be 4-6 weeks before shipping.Guess they did not have any on stock. Ended up shopping some place else and get it Monday.
  6. Thanks Hulk and Niel for the input. I did not want to get another wheel to disappoint me. Looks like the Skutt Legend will do the job for me well. I might order tomorrow from Clay King or The Ceramic Shop as they seam to have the best prices with free shipping. I will fist call them to make sure they are approved for Canada so I have no issues at the boarder when I bring it home.
  7. Neil I see the 1/3 hp Skutt claims to centre 100 lbs but in reality what does it actually handle. Looking at purchasing one but not sure if I should jump up to the 1/2 hp. I have no plans of ever throwing more than 25 lbs and so far have I have not thrown more than 20. I have stalled out my Estrin wheel and I find the old (antique )Pacifica I have has given me lots of issues and can not find any specs on it as it is labeled as a GT500 I will do the 15 lbs but really bogs down and blows up electronics and fuses.
  8. Not sure where to post this one Has anyone dealt with Blick. I saw they had a Skutt Thomas wheel with free shipping for 1109.00
  9. I tried this wheel last year before going away for a few months and had the same issue, did not have this problem with my powered Estrin wheel ( did not like the effort to stop and start the wheel ) Now I am looking at purchase of a new wheel, you can only stay frustrated for so long. Considering the Shimpo VL Whisper or the Skutt legend. Concerns over the removable head but I like the idea of the 1 piece tray.
  10. I posted a while back on my Pacifica wheel. I have replaced the bearings , belts and repaired the controller Now that I can get some throwing done if find that the clay will not stay centred. I can centre it well but when I draw up sides it always becomes off centre. The head has no play in it and runs dead flat, no wobble at all. The only thing I can think of is the wheel head pulses as it turns. The large pulley has a slight bend in it ( may 1/16" ) but still runs true to round. The belts are new, tight and coated with belt dressing. Never had this issue with the old Estri
  11. The under glaze is done on the bisque fired plates of plainsman m340 clay then the dip in the glaze after it has dried.The clear glaze is the plainsman premade glaze mix just add water.
  12. Using PSH under glaze. This has been doing it for awhile but seems to have gotten worse. Maybe the wife is painting more under glaze on
  13. I am making plates with plainsman clay and the ^6 clear glaze. The problem I am having is with the under glaze painted on the rim. The clear glaze does mot seem to get thick enough and has a sandpaper like finish after fired to ^6.I dip the plate in the glaze, tied a longer and shorter dip time with no difference. The rest of the glaze on the plate is fine. Any ideas how to solve this problem.
  14. I place mine in a pillowcase and then onto the cement floor. Move it flip it a couple of times a day until it is right. Manage 5 gallons at a a time.
  15. The new belts solved the problem and cured the belt squeak with some spray belt dressing.
  16. Still wonder what HP the motor is, there is no label on it. Would be nice to know so I could compare or know that the next wheel has a larger motor. Guess I would just go with a 1hp model of wheel
  17. The drawing is wrong because if you pull strait vertical your pot would have tapered sides . That drawing does not represent a spinning wheel. If the wheel head or shaft was bent then the drawing would be accurate.
  18. The new resistor came today, replaced the 22watt with a 50watt chassis mount. Mounted the chassis mount to the aluminum case. Plugged it all back in and it is back up and running. Thanks to everyone for the advise to steer me in the right direction to find the correct part. Now to see if I can throw 15 lbs of clay, if not I see a Brent C or CXC wheel in my future.
  19. Looking at prices of new wheels with some power to them because of issues with the new to me OLD pacifica. I can stall out my Pacifica GT500 when working 15 lbs of clay. Is there much difference between the Pacifica 800 and a Brent to justify the 50% greater price?
  20. I was given some clay to try that is cone 8-10. I am currently firing to a cone 6 with a cone 6 clear glaze. What would be my problems if I only fired this clay to cone 6 ?
  21. My current box has plug in for the motor and foot peddle. To reverse the motor you just move the plug over 1 pin. The unit is so old that the plug has a standoff below it made of wood. You can just see it in the pic. If I knew it was that old I would have passed on it but into it now with a new bearing and belts. New resistors should arrive Wednesday. .
  22. If I replace the board with a newer model will all the plugs fit. I guess the board is only a variable dc power supply. Might be able to have them send new plugs as well
  23. Was trying to work about 15 lbs of clay and leaned into it. The fuse blew so I replaced it and it still did not work. Opened the control box and could see nothing wrong until I lightly touched the resistor and it broke in half. This wheel is probably 30 years old and no one has heard of the Pacifica gt500. Better hope it keeps working as replacement boards will be impossible to find. Glad I can at least replace parts with my limited electronics. Will let you know if it runs after the resistor replacement. The plan is to cut the legs off the existing resistor and attach the new c
  24. I found some at Digikey , the shipping was less than 1/2 in Canada. I ordered both of these and will try the one with the heat sink chassis mount style first. Thought for the $4.00 I would have the other as a spare and then never need it. The chassis mount was a little more but might be worth it @ $7.00 Liked your find better priced but I am in Canada. Bill your search results lead me to be able to find them at Digikey. Thanks.
  25. Thanks Bill. Would I need to mount that with a heat sink being that it is 50w instead of the 22w?
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