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  1. It's a bit chilly here this week and my wheel is in a shed that is outdoors with a gas heater. -27C so maybe I should think of something else to do.

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Oh you're trying that too, eh? I started mine at about 1. 

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      terri, were you ever a weatherperson in florida???  their vocabulary list contains only two words,  "chilly" or "warm".  it is NEVER cold or hot.    i think your temp reading places you in the definitely instantly freezing category.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      should have said "a tad chilly" like the Brits :unsure:

  2. Starting to read thru the gerstley borate substitute items on the forum.  Has anyone tried Tom Buck's dry mix substitute?  Or do you think its less problematic to just go with Gillespie Borate?

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    2. Dick White

      Dick White

      Back in the day, one issue with Gerstley was its variable chemical content. Natural materials are always variable over time , depending on what part of mine it came from, etc., but Gerstley was variable from batch to batch, and some even gave it the nickname Ghastley Borate. When Laguna bought the whole mineyard (but not the mine, nothing new coming out of the ground anymore), they processed it all at once and thoroughly mixed it all. So now the many years worth stock in the warehouse is all pretty much the same. But also slightly different than what it was 20 years ago. The published analysis of the current stock compared to ~1999 show somewhat less silica than before, but other fluxes are about the same +/-. So get some Gerstley and make a test batch of your glaze recipe to see if it needs any tweaking.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Terri:

      given your background: study ulexite.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      another evaporite mineral! - I just bought a 50 lb bag of Laguna Gerstley Borate so I didn't need a substitute. Started mixing up glazes today. Will add a few touches to the raku kiln in the morning so I can operate it by myself, then I'll have more pictures for the gallery.

       

  3. how long would it take you to throw 100 mugs? I think it would take me all week.

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      ya- me too. I have wet pulled handles. I thought about a week- more or less. I'm not "speedy gonzales". I wonder where that came from- speedy gonzales?

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      oh- just googled it- a cartoon character.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      You're a young one terrim8. LOL or you just didn't watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. ;)

  4. bit of hair stuck out from the face shield while raku-ing today - its crispy - good thing I have a hair appt on Fry-day :rolleyes:

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      See that picture above . That's from heavy reduction at Medalta. That was fun. So's the new kiln :ph34r:

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      I kept the avatar because of the similarities. 

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      Plus I'm cool like that :blink:

  5. the soda tacos worked- have to wait till Sunday to open the kiln.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      its Sunday. Anxiously awaiting pics.

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      tired from the drive but i put two up before i left. Have to rest so more pictures tomorrow.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      found a couple more- going for a nap now.

  6. trying a quick dry method- involves trimmed mugs, 2 fans and outdoors in warm & unusually humid air for our area.

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      mugs and lamps so fingers crossed. (i.e. mid fire grey clay and some porcelain)

    3. terrim8
    4. Roberta12
  7. trying out my rebuilt little Paragon kiln to cone 6 today. I usually just use it to bisque but the electrician said it can go to 6 but the elements won't last as long. I wonder what that means exactly....

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I have a A82B Paragon kiln that I fire to ^6 without any problems. It has actually saved me when my big kiln went down.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Unless the electrician checked the ohms on the elements. And the condition. I don't think he could make that assessment.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      believe it or not, it was a bit of kiln brick fragment stuck way deep in the sitter.  Its fixed now. 

      I should start shopping for a used nice electric kiln with a controller. Maybe I can find one in the US and ship it back across the border????

       

  8. drying a large slip cast item - still in the plaster form- is it better to leave it upside down to drop out or will it dry faster right side up?

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      It seems to dry/absorb so slow- its still in there! It was the right SG too so I'll keep it right side up . I may have complicated it all by having a paper-plaster mix behind the solid wall.

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Can you send some pix?

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      with the next try-  decided to start again- back to the model to remove any imperfections so it will be totally smooth & then I'll insure its a smooth one-shot pour for the plaster.

       

  9. moved the wheel back into the basement from the outdoor shed.

    any other cold weather people starting to get cabin fever yet?

    It's a real thing :blink:

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    2. Pres

      Pres

      Snow and ice here in PA, seems like one storm quits and another is behind it. 4hrs a day shoveling and scraping just isn't fun.

       

      best,

      Pres

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Maybe you folks can build snowmen and creative with your carving tools to make it interesting...:).

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Spend too much time in the snow as it is. The ice is granular, and not very carvable. It does not pack, and is very heavy. What bit of snow is there is between layers of the ice.

       

  10. I burnt hand in the kitchen again! I'm getting a set of protective raku style gear for the kitchen :angry:

    Plus its such a bad time to have an injury!

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      I hate cookin. Problem is I like eatin. :(

    3. oldlady

      oldlady

      so do i.  proof is making potato salad from the pot of potatoes that i forgot and let burn .   sorry looking potatoes with half an inch of black burned skin and meat make fine food when the black is cut off.   don't know what to do with the pot.

    4. Hulk

      Hulk

      Hope you feel bettrsoon terrim!

         ...soak that pot, soak it goood

  11. heading to Medalta again for a week!

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Mold making all week with different kinds of machinery!

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Jealous! Are you going to check out that store with the weird spray painted tumbleweeds again?

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      No- I didn't have time! The course was extremely concentrated time wise. i even showed up early as the key fob lets you in- like 6 am once! It might have been easier if I had some experience with it but I didn't and it moved fast. only 1 lathe too so I tried to get in early for that. And it was HOT!!!!!! I didn't even have time for carrot cake!

  12. lots of glaze tests this week- need some new ideas & experiments

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      wish I had a mini kiln for tests

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      ebay, Craig's List, garage sale, estate sell, etc. There's on out there waiting for you. Never give up looking.

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      get a copy of Ian Gregory's Kiln book. I forget the exact name of it, but it has all types of little test kilns. I want to do the soda kiln.

       

  13. I wish there was an easy way to turn a caternary arch kiln into a salt kiln. I'm too lazy to rebuild it so I guess driving across the province to a salt kiln is my only option right now.

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      I thought of that but I currently have a brick up (then brick down) style door and part of that  is scavenged soft brick. Looks like a few "denaros" would be required to build a door. 

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      The bricks can be coated on the insides. You can then spray the salt in thru the burners via a garden sprayer.

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      the ITC stuff??? Or is there another product? Do you have to be concerned about it falling off into the ware??? Do you use it?

  14. Still freezing.  I hate 'pages". Working on a small catalogue & things keep disappearing. Grrrrr..... #$@&^%**!!! software. And no- you tube isn't helpful so far- grrrrrrrr

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    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      ashamed to say that I called in one of my kids to help- I used word - which I'm used to and she'll convert it to pages that has a prettier template- Some days...............

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      That's what kids are for :D I used to type up most of my mums stuff because it would take me 1/10th of the time.

    4. LeeU

      LeeU

      Problem is the conversion from Word etc. to Pages etc.and vice-versa is not always a two-way street. It is hard to shift from one system to another when one way is virtually automatic from years of experience and the "new" one has been perversely set up to be "backwards" & everything is in weird places. I feel your pain! 

  15. just recycled a s___t load of Polar Ice. Its so expensive that you can't toss this stuff. Made out of  New Zealand halloysite. 

     

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    2. Min

      Min

       

      Speaking of Plainsman, have you used any of their clays in ^10 soda?

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      For salt & soda : P700, H570 & H550. I like them all but 570 mixed with 550 is my favourite & it has a few speckles - Callie recommended that mix. The P700 is nice and even translucent a bit in part,even covered with slip when you hold something up to the light! I guess so far I have only used their clay. 

      Plainsman doesn't get involved in exploration, other than within a short radius around Medicine Hat.

    4. Min

      Min

      Thanks Terri! 

       

  16. raku'd all morning & then I get into the kitchen tonight and burn my hand from the steam of a microwave dinner. Looks like I should have kept the raku gloves on.

     

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      When you are dealing with temperatures around 2000 F, for a ceramic firing, you are ready for anything.

      A couple hundred degrees, in the kitchen, autopilot is engaged...

    3. Min

      Min

      ouch! hopes it's minor! 

    4. terrim8

      terrim8

      just two small spots :unsure:

  17. in Medicine Hat for the salt & soda workshop, looks like I could have brought more stuff but Im here to learn so.....

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      stay warm. Nice town. Very cool ceramics center. we close on our house 10/31. are you still looking?

       

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Yes but looks like we have to wait. Commitments here will take some time. You'll have to post pictures of the new digs, new kilns...

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      send me your email.

       

  18. taking a break- going skiing tomorrow!:ph34r:

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Have fun!

      Marcia

       

    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Keep those skis together!

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      wow- I was pretty shaky yesterday. Have to go every day now to get my ski-legs back.

  19. just realized why I like Plainsmans M340 cone 6 body. It has muscovite in it! I just ribbed a pie plate very smoothly and noticed the sparkles in the sun.

    1. glazenerd
    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I had a student /rancher that said Plainsman clay got their clay from her Montana ranch. I don't know what part of a clay body it is. I have used M340 when I taught in Billings.

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      interesting- they are close to the border so I guess they operate all around the area.

  20. I made a large porcelain bowl. It is 14 inches tall and 22 inches in diameter. Think I need to support it for the cone 6 firing?

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      the foot is kind of small- about 6 inches diameter. It's handbuilt- not thrown.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Depends on the clay, wall thickness. The fact you are not sure, suggests maybe you should.

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Let us know what you do and the outcome. I always wonder about those things.

  21. going to get a new burner today :mellow:

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      What do you plan on burning?

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      anything I want! I now have 220,000 BTU's:ph34r:

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      That's not a burner, that is a flame thrower. Cooker deluxe!

  22. I took a Shibori style fabric dye course. The concepts are useful for ceramics too and there are some common ingredients. Lots of fun!

    1. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      gotta google that!!

       

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      sounds like fun!

       

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      we've always used pattern resists but there's some ideas that translate other than fabric folding.

  23. So happy & relieved - my home-mined glaze is good to go. Lab results were good!

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Sounds like a good day at the pottery mill.

    2. Min

      Min

      phew! glad to hear you got good lab results : )

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      I will be planting roses this week and mining with each rose.

  24. been trying some mold making. Think I prefer the wheel.

     

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Your wheel work is outstanding from what I can see on your Instagram site. I like the Raku yarn bowls and tea light holders in particular because I've gotten requests for both recently. Your work is an inspiration for me! As for the mold making, like anything else in ceramics, there is a definite learning curve. It's just a matter of whether or not you want to spend the time on that side road of your journey...

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Thank you ! Got up this morning and had a look at yesterday's disaster & thought of another way to tackle it. You're right about time and having to just do it to learn.

    3. Pres

      Pres

      Mold making for me is not as immediate as wheel throwing. I make lots of mugs, each a little different even thought they start with same amount of clay. Making all the same would be boring on the wheel, but mold making not so much if I could get through the first part to the second part. However, I am not really interested in going with all the slip casting process.

       

      best,

      Pres

  25. still haven't had a chance to make any cone 10 stuff but I'll get there. Maybe we can go in the spring for a change?

    1. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      It would save freezing our butts off. 

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      wouldn't it be great if that actually worked?  (butt freezing) Like that "cool sculpting" you see advertised all over the place :o

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      But then we couldn't get all ragey about the guilt tactics that diet manufacturers and health clubs use this time of year!

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