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  1. Your explanation and photos are great! How about filling it with chicken wings and dip?
  2. Good so far - tried the canvas covered bat today. Took a few tries to get the clay lump to stick securely to the canvas covered bat. I think my "slip" wasn't thick enough, but I added some super soft clay under the canvas and on top of the canvas and then it worked great. Best thing is the wire went under the canvas easily and it was a smooth slide onto a ware board. We'll see how it goes from here!
  3. Thanks everyone! I will try the tar paper idea, and also the canvas idea I read about on Vince Pitelka's site. Wish me luck!
  4. Hello! I sometimes make bird feeders, see attached photo. They are hard to remove from the bat without distorting, since the "deck" is thin. I need to get them off the plastic bat the next day so they can dry more evenly. Somewhere I saw that you could put pieces of plastic or paper strips on the bat edges, and throw the item over it, and it would be easier to remove. I wish I'd saved that link, but I didn't. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I do have a couple of plaster bats, but prefer the plastic ones. As always, thanks to this community for all the help and w
  5. Thanks to you all for your good advice! I really only wanted to make enough money to support my habit (pottery) :-) I will begin reporting my profits and ask our accountant for advice, too. For some reason I thought, at my age (71), the rules were different. I appreciate your experience and wisdom!
  6. Hi I've searched a bit on this forum and not found an answer to my question, so maybe someone can help me, please. I am a "Hobby" potter, but last year I sold about $2500.00 (gross) of my own pottery on Etsy. I am 71 years old, a retired graphic artist and drawing social security. My husband still works. Am I, at some point, required to be a business and pay taxes as a business and all that involves? So far, I have not included any Etsy sales as income on my taxes. Any information would be really appreciated. I am totally ignorant about business things, I am just havin
  7. Ok, so I programmed the ramp/hold - no problems whatsoever. Then I went to the manuel to see how to start the program - guess what - I HAVE TO PRESS "4"!!! Oh, well, I laughed after I stopped cursing :-) Guess I'll bisque at 03 or 05 instead, until I can get the new $441 controller.
  8. One more question - I work in cone 5-6 stoneware and usually have time to let it dry completely. BUT I am skiddish - could I add a "pre-heat" to this? The Sentry pre-heat goes 60 deg.F per hour to 200 deg. Then it allows me to hold as long as I specify. I wouldn't want to add over 2 hrs to the total firing time. So, would the second segment be 100/200/hold amt? (The second seg in your original answer would become third, etc.) Any suggestions? Thank you so much for your help - I am new to the programming part.
  9. Hi I have a Paragon TNF-243, bought new in 2009 (I love it!) I would like to create a "Ramp-Hold" program with the Sentry 2.0 that is identical to the pre-programmed Cone 04 program. Does anyone have the schedule of the Cone 04 firing schedule that is similar to the one already programmed in the Sentry 2.0? I ask because the number key "4" on this digital controller is failing, and I need to find a work-around until I can afford to replace it. Thank You Thank You
  10. Hi! I have somehow accumulated lots of old lovely glass globes, like those that cover ceiling or porch lights. Anyone have any ideas how to attach them to my thrown pottery base to make table lamps out of them? Two problems - 1. How to construct the base so globes would come off to change bulbs 2. How to permanently attach the socket to the base. Just wondered if anyone has done this or has any tips. Thank you!
  11. That's really cool! Love the house and the color. My husband set his cowboy boots outside in a chair and a wren quickly built a nest in one of them! Put an umbrella over it :-). They have hatched and should be gone in a few more days.
  12. I am new to the digital controller on my kiln (Sentry 2.0 controller) and would really appreciate some help in programming a cone 5 firing with a 1 h. preheat and a slow cool. Does this make sense? rA1 = 60, F1 = 200, Hd = 1 (preheat with 1 hr. hold at 200 degrees) rA2 = 200, F1 = 1022, Hd = 0 rA3 = 153, F1 = 1112, Hd = 0 rA4 = 162, F1 = 1951, Hd = 0 rA5 = 108, F1 = 2167, Hd = 0 rA6 = 500, F1 = 1900, Hd = 0 (begin slow cool) rA7 = 125, F1 = 1450, Hd = 0 rA8 = 0 Can I assume after rA7 it will cool naturally? rA2 - rA5 are what my Sentry manual says it uses to reach cone 5.
  13. I reached my quota of "likes" on the first page! I am a newbie here, but I really like the idea of the community challenge. Although everyone might not participate for various reasons, it is inspiring to think about the challenge and can influence the direction you are going. Isn't that what community does? Thank you for working on this! How about things that inspire people - in form or function, with or without words. Most obvious would be a cross or a shot glass ( ), but go beyond that?
  14. Found it! Thanks! I probably should have just glazed the fronts and not worried about color on the backs, but I like the design and thought color would give it a little emphasis. I know, they're just garden stakes but obviously I am occasionally obsessed with finding the solution to a problem!
  15. Follow up: The tile setters worked well! Thanks Marcia! I did a few experiments to see what would happen. The 1/3 epkaolin, 1/3 frit, and 1/3 stain worked pretty well - and only stuck a little. I would like more control over the coverage, but this is a good starting point. Some of the markers did distort in shape a little, but that won't detract from their usefulness. I would attach a photo if I could figure out how! I am really thankful for this forum - I learn something new every day!
  16. The 50% alumina / 50% EPK wadding mix has been a revolution for me in the ease of packing my kiln! I roll it out and cut into small squares and dry. Hot glue as many of them as needed to the bottom of the pots and fire! And they are reusable!
  17. Thank you! One more thing - I noticed on your profile page ( I love what you do!) something about once fire - have you done this with stoneware to cone 6? Interesting to me.
  18. Thanks Marcia. I have some tile setters, but did not think firing them on edge would keep them flat. I will try it. They are 1/2" thick stoneware when made. Just for my information, I could make a wash using oxides or bought stains and they would not stick to the shelves?
  19. Hi. Not very experienced at this, but I am making a series of mostly flat garden markers, with some carving and modeling. I will eventually fire in an electric kiln to cone 5 or 6. I know it will be best to fire them flat on the kiln shelf. I would like to add some color, but what can I do that will not stick to my kiln shelves? How about an oxide wash - will that stick? Thank you.
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