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terrim8

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  1. terrim8

    COE In clay

    You should have went into XRF - go over to Saint Louis University & ask people in their Earth Sciences Dept. As far as I know, crack formation - as you cool the melt, is rate dependent. Here's two extremes with the same material: Thick silica layers of Obsidian cool slowly - not too many cracks. (deposited in volcanic layers) Thin silica - Pele's Hair cools fast but it is thin (spewed out from the tail end of volcanic bombs!) My 2 cents (prob. all its worth!)
  2. 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!

  3. argggg..... tried a test firing today & didn't get to temp. My tiger torch burner has 100,000 BTU's. Tomorrow, I will pick up a 220,000 BTU torch - just the torch itself & try again.
  4. Finally have it set up with the fibre attached. Just waiting for my tongs I ordered. Burner not set in place yet- Thursday or Friday.
  5. Maybe the chlorine from the water treatment plant is stripping the cations out of the clay??? Seems oddly clean for an industrial drainage!
  6. anyone have a good patching mix for bisque? Thinking of trying to use paper clay as the patch material but the body is regular clay.

     

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Yes. For small batches, soak toilet paper over night, squeeze dry, put it into a blender, add powdered clay body to be repaired,  Use about 25% paper to clay

      about add some vinegar, and a smaller amount of sodium silicate 

      Blend into a paste. Ad a little water if you need to. 

      Dampen the bisque well before applying or else the patch will peel away.

      Re-bisque before glazing. I have repaired students' handles and some of my own architectural work using this.

      Marcia

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      Thanks Marcia!

  7. My passive-aggressive neighbour is out cutting the grass after he threw all the pinecones back into my yard. We had some strong winds a few days ago. Thinking of making some clay pinecones, but maybe not-  since the real ones  are from my pine tree :)

    1. Min

      Min

      Pinecones are better than the slugs and snails that my neighbour keeps sending over to my garden. ;)

  8. Good question. Seemed like a natural fit for a hobby. Still working with earth sciences but in a free-er way - unlike work! The experiment side of ceramics is where the freedom kicks in and opening the kiln is always like Christmas
  9. Bought a box of Seattle Pottery Supply's cone 8-10 Flameware today! This is a first but I have Sumi von Dassow's book & you guys for advice....(my goose is cooked)

  10. One more snow day then it starts to melt!

  11. recycling my clay scraps & using them for my smoked pottery then using the ashes from that to mix up ash glaze :D This recycling thing is working out!

  12. recycling a lot of mistakes these days! Fighting with crazy shapes.

  13. Just thought it would be pretty hot even with the flame off! But we'll see. I'll likely try it out then decide if I need accessories!
  14. I was really happy with their work. They had to tack weld down one side and around the top and the handles are big enough for my bulky gloves. I did realize though that I will have to hunt down a long flame proof apron or something to wear for the lift-off procedure.
  15. picked up raku cage & posted a picture

  16. From the album: Raku Kiln under construction

    Day 1. Start collecting parts for my new raku kiln. So far, instruction book, lots of wire & a burner w hose. Day.2. Constructed basic cage frame, injured hand, took cage to a metal shop to make it sturdy & prettier! My hand doesn't look too pretty under this bandage but its just a scratch. Day 3. Picked up cage frame & they did a nice job- look at those handles!
  17. 1.3 2.2 3.1 (all I know is that I really had to make my flue smaller) 4 (2,4) has to be updraft- its on a hill and the fire is at the bottom right?
  18. You know how you southerners blame the Alberta Clipper for cold weather? I grew up during the cold war and we used to blame the cold weather on the Russians! :D

    1. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      You know, the scientist are saying about 6 southern states are in an unusually cold pattern that has been going on since the 1960's. They call it a "Warming Hole" - go figure... 

    2. terrim8
  19. Your work is in one of my raku books (S.Branfman). Horses and a great white heron - so beautiful!

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      yes. I am. Thanks!

      My raku pieces are also in Raku; a practical Approach by Steven as well plus lark's book on Raku and Advanced Raku by Bill Jones and Alternative Kiln by Watkins and Wandless.

      Marcia

       

  20. the geese are headed north in huge flocks but we still have a ton of snow and its -16 right now????

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      They know something we do not. 

    2. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      it was 6 below here this morning....but I am certain it must be that cold or colder in Canada.....

       

       

  21. terrim8

    injury.jpg

    From the album: Raku Kiln under construction

    Day 1. Start collecting parts for my new raku kiln. So far, instruction book, lots of wire & a burner w hose. Day.2. Constructed basic cage frame, injured hand, took cage to a metal shop to make it sturdy & prettier! My hand doesn't look too pretty under this bandage but its just a scratch.
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