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    ronfire got a reaction from kswan in Eco friendly packaging   
    If there is a newspaper printer in your area see if they have roll ends, most do. You can then either cut the roll length wise with a  power saw  to make individual sheets or make a roll dispenser,  I built one above my bench that has a sharpened piece of angle iron to tear sheets from the roll.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Hulk in Still getting orders after Xmas?   
    We are still as busy as we want to be. Mugs have been a big seller. Think it is time for a price increase to $40.00 cdn for the custom painted mugs.
     
     

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    ronfire got a reaction from Chilly in Glaze aplication advise   
    Thanks for the advise, think I will try the pour method. I have used a spray gun to paint doors and wall ect. but never a glaze.
    Here is the pot I will glaze.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Glaze aplication advise   
    Thanks for the advise, think I will try the pour method. I have used a spray gun to paint doors and wall ect. but never a glaze.
    Here is the pot I will glaze.

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    ronfire got a reaction from dhPotter in Glaze aplication advise   
    Thanks for the advise, think I will try the pour method. I have used a spray gun to paint doors and wall ect. but never a glaze.
    Here is the pot I will glaze.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Benzine in What’s on your workbench?   
    Needed a change of pace and had lots of pieces ready for my wife to paint so I made this, to bad the board cracked but it adds character.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Thicken glaze?   
    Update. After speaking to Tony Hansen at plainsman he was not sure why the glaze did not gel. Suggested it might be the well water and could have a seasonal change and is why it worked well before. The recommendation was to remove some water to thicken it up and use it.
    Just emptied the kiln and all the glaze looked great, was a relief as I was worried about the excess Epsom salt.
    Now if I could only get that glaze to work on the sinks, will have to try again.
     
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    Needed a change of pace and had lots of pieces ready for my wife to paint so I made this, to bad the board cracked but it adds character.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    Needed a change of pace and had lots of pieces ready for my wife to paint so I made this, to bad the board cracked but it adds character.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    I thought the crack added to it, here is another pic that shows the board better.

     
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    ronfire got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    I thought the crack added to it, here is another pic that shows the board better.

     
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    ronfire got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Needed a change of pace and had lots of pieces ready for my wife to paint so I made this, to bad the board cracked but it adds character.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in What’s on your workbench?   
    Needed a change of pace and had lots of pieces ready for my wife to paint so I made this, to bad the board cracked but it adds character.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Help with kiln not working   
    Sure glad I changed mine over to a controller, well worth it.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Jamesmdx1 in Help with kiln not working   
    Sure glad I changed mine over to a controller, well worth it.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Hulk in Help with kiln not working   
    I removed the sitter tube and installed the thermocouple in place and the protection tube over top. I fit in well with the protection tube. I then moved the power input from one side of the sitter contact plate to the other side. All the switches and wiring from original stay in place. If I have to I can replace the sitter and rewire in about 10 min and be back to the stock setup.  The wall controller stays cool and does not get to a dangerous  temperature, I did add a fan to mine to cool it even further but does not require it to operate. The cooler you keep electronics the better it is on them.
    I built mine with a Genesis controller, contactor and solid state relay. I also have a separate power system for a vent fan that gets controller by the controller. The vent fan uses the cord from a float switch so it just plugs into the wall and the vent fan pugs into that.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Roberta12 in Eco friendly packaging   
    I recycle boxes from various shops and buy newspaper roll ends. I wrap all items then box and stuff the voids with paper( crinkled up) and then place in a larger box with more paper stuffed around it. I used to ship in a single box but lately have had to much breakage so I double box most items.
     
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Moldy smell to glaze   
    I will try some peroxide and them store it in some milk jugs. When my new Glaze gets very low then I think  I will add it to the new order.
    Callie, it was a bit of work but Green barn in Langley managed to secure the last 27kg for me, they are the local shop that is part of Plainsman. Seems he new replacement glaze causes cracks on my sinks. Not sure what I will do when there is no more as some of the ingredients are hard to get. Plan to save this glaze for the sinks.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Breakage   
    That is what I plan to do Bill, get another sink done then maybe change something up.  I need the glaze I ordered  first  so I can dip the sink, don't have enough left for another one.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Breakage   
    Well the wife painted another sink and I do have some of the old glaze I used previously and will try that. I also threw another 2 sinks and made sure to compress the drain opening and will bisque fire them slowly.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Breakage   
    I will try to have a thicker area around the hole but then worried about the uneven thickness that can cause breakage.
    I still have a little of the old glaze that I can pour over the sink instead of dipping it, also will make the new sinks a little thicker and see if that helps. Just getting very frustrated because the sinks where getting popular and now having issues that I did not have before.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Breakage   
    Well just removed another sink from the kiln, this time it was with the old glaze. I had about a 3/4 gallon left so I had to pour it on instead of a dip. This sink was good with no hairline glaze cracks. The good news is there is 1 more bag of the glaze available and I have it on order. Don't know what I will do after it is gone as some of the ingredients are hard to get.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Rae Reich in QOTW would be do you make anything that is easy and quick to make but looks like it's more work than it is?   
    Min
    I like those bears. Think I will try some horses like that, goes with our pottery theme.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Converting an Old Kick Wheel into Electric Driven   
    When I had my Estrin wheel I would stand on the motor hard and center the clay, release the motor and then throw my mug or bowl. By the time it slowed down I was ready to remove the piece. The motor ran 110v and was always running while I was throwing. The drive wheel on the motor was a hockey puck.
    Now I have a Skutt wheel and would not go back, love a modern quality wheel.
     
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Breakage   
    I have not noticed any hairline cracks in smaller items like dinner plates,mugs or casseroles.
    The alumina worked nice on the plates thanks for the advise Bill.
     
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