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  1. Can you define what you mean by details? Are you looking for firing schedules? If you do a search here on the forum you can find a lot of information on firing schedules.
  2. The cone 6 glaze will be very under fired at 04. Most likely it will be very dry, having not melted.
  3. Recycling clay as an individual user is very different than recycling clay for a business or entire studio. The pillow case or plaster slab method doesn't work on a larger scale. For individuals it's great, though. I think there are smarter ways of getting rid of slop than piling it up next to a pond and killing vegetation. That is not a problem with the clay, it's a problem with the person. I also think that the clay pit mine itself is far more damaging to the environment that the small amount that I throw out. And you would be surprised at how much gets thrown out during production. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to this. It all depends on your situation and what works for you.
  4. A hole is not the same as a crack. With holes, the clay part is a continuous structure, with nothing preventing the vibrations from moving through the piece when you strike it. Cracks will limit the movement of the vibrations.
  5. I do all my decorating with commercial underglazes. They're much simpler to deal with than colored slips, and I can touch up areas on bisque if needed. The mug in my avatar is Speedball Yellow-Orange, but the glaze over it is a cream/beige color so it tones it down a bit. The yellow I use is Speedball Yellow mixed with a bit of Yellow-Orange in a 6:1 ratio. The yellow is way too bright otherwise. The yellow-orange addition turns it a little more golden. I always use the cream glaze over the yellow, too. When I mix underglazes, I do it by weight, because it's difficult to measure them out by volume since they stick to the container.
  6. I put down a layer of wax, scratch my initials through the wax with a needle tool, fill them in with underglaze, and wipe off the excess.
  7. That's probably a custom made extruder, and it's much better for extruding those small coils than a typical wall mount would be. However it would not be good for extruding much else. For one, it's terribly slow. If I were to do something like that which requires a lot of force to move clay through a tiny hole, I'd modify a car jack. It would be a lot less effort than turning that screw. Notice how much force it takes for him to turn it.
  8. I don't do any recycling at my studio. It's not worth the time and money. Lots of full time potters do not recycle, because their time is better spent making pots or doing other things related to running their business. Do not feel guilty about it. If you can donate it to someone who can use it, then do. But if not, it's just going to go back into the ground.
  9. You log in every time you come to the forum? That's like several times a day.
  10. @liambesaw @Bill Kielb How often do you actually log in? I haven't logged out in months.
  11. I buy them from Clay-King.com. If you sign up for their email newsletter, once or twice a year they have a sale where you can get pints as low as $6-7. Plus they're generally too thick in the bottle so you can water them down at least 25%. That's really cheap compared to Amaco Velvets. Their color palette is not as extensive, but you can do some mixing to get more colors.
  12. The best you can do is look at the MSDS. It will list ingredients to a point, but won't give accurate percentages of any of them. They're meant to be pretty vague so that the manufacturer doesn't give away the formula. Their purpose is to inform the user of possible hazards so they can handle the material safely, and for medical treatment in the case of mishandling it.
  13. Have you decided where the kiln will be located, how you will be venting it, gas supply, local safety codes, etc? Gas kilns are not as simple as electric. Lots of prep work before buying one....
  14. I use Speedball. It's really cheap compared to Amaco and Coyote, and the colors hold up well at cone 6 for the most part. The red and royal blue have some issues with bubbling at cone 6, but I'm working on fixing that.
  15. With gas kilns, in general the burners either work or they don't. There's not much in the way of maintenance or parts that wear out like on electric kilns. So assuming the burner system works, I'd be most concerned with the condition of the bricks. Downdraft kilns tend to fire more easily and efficiently, but updrafts work just fine once you dial in your settings.
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