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    dricherson got a reaction from Hulk in How to make a "swirl" chip & dip   
    Your explanation and photos are great! How about filling it with chicken wings and dip?
     
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    dricherson reacted to Min in How to make a "swirl" chip & dip   
    Here you go...
    This one started with 5 lbs of clay, med sized Swirl. 
    Throw a flat bottom bowl, even wall thickness, nothing to trim where the base and wall meet.

    Let it set up so the rim is soft leatherhard and mark out the spiral with the wheel on. (vertical line is approx where the tail gets cut off)

    Cut along the lines, bevel cut and score the cut end of the tail.

    Form the cup, and attach it to the base. Use whatever method of joining works for your clay, slip/score, slip, water, magic water etc.

    Fill the gap with a coil and blend in. Smooth over the cut edges.

    At this point the pot is still attached to the batt. When it's firm leatherhard put it on a chuck and trim the base. 
     
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    dricherson reacted to Chilly in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    I always say "like toothpaste" when describing slip for sticking.
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    dricherson got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    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!

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    dricherson got a reaction from Hulk in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    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!

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    dricherson reacted to oldlady in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    one other suggestion is to just use a different kind of bat for these particular items so you do not have to use a wire at all.  plaster is one, Duron is another.   Duron is commonly called masonite but it is not.   duron is 1/4 inch thick, just absorbent enough that your pot will pop off the bat when it is dry enough.  duron bats are sold at some pottery supply houses for about $6 each and can last for many years.  i am still using some i cut in the 1970s.
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    dricherson got a reaction from Rae Reich in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    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!
     
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    dricherson reacted to Magnolia Mud Research in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    Use tarpaper or cardboard bats between the plastic bat and the clay.  Use clay slip only  at the rim of the tarpaper bat to hold the tarpaper to the plastic bat.  Then run cutoff wire between the tarpaper and the plastic bat.  Check out tarpaper bats at Vince Pitelka’s website.  

    Vince Pitelka
    Professor Emeritus of Art/Ceramics
    Appalachian Center for Craft
    School of Art, Craft & Design
    Tennessee Tech University
    Now Residing Chapel Hill, NC
    vpitelka@dtccom.net
    www.vincepitelka.com 
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    dricherson reacted to Pres in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    Jewelers wires work pretty well for cutting wires also. I prefer the brass coated ones, and picked some up a while back to create some cutting wires. Not bad, and can get different weights/diameters.
     
    Large platters I flip using a bat over bat technique. However, for the piece shown, would figure it best left to dry slowly setting on a bat after cutoff ans slight movement.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    dricherson reacted to liambesaw in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    Or fisherman
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    dricherson reacted to CactusPots in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    To have a supply of various thickness wires, find a guitar player that will save worn out strings for you.
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    dricherson reacted to Mark C. in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    I find if you cut it off with a larger diameter wire (use a larger /thicker wire)right after throwing it will noit restick and the next day you can remove it.
    Smaller wires (thickness)are for smaller pots=larger wires (diameter) are for larger pots-this is for pots tnhrown on bats-plastic or wood.
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    dricherson reacted to Hulk in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    Nice work!
    The few pieces I've attempted that are platter like - allow to dry for a while, then wire the piece so it can move whilst drying, and re-wire periodically. From there, I leave it on the bat, waiting until the piece is resilient enough to be moved (to a plaster block); if it's drying too fast, I put a bucket over it, and mist as necessary.
     
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    dricherson got a reaction from Hulk in How to remove large, fragile pieces from bat   
    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 wisdom!
    Dianne

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    dricherson reacted to Mark C. in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    ( If you want to just sell to offset cost then a hobby business classification may work well)
    its to late for that for me but many can go this route-
    yes why its just a hobby business-I may run it by my account in a few weeks before the quarterlies come due.
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    dricherson reacted to Stephen in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    I hear ya, it really dose seem like they tax everything to the extreme. If you want to just sell to offset cost then a hobby business classification may work well. Here's the IRS page on this:
    https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/hobby-or-business-irs-offers-tips-to-decide
    Hey enjoy and even if you have to do a little lite business bookkeeping its not too much hassle at tax time and a few grand in revenue against the cost isn't going to have a big impact on taxes so don't let this stuff cause negative feeling about an otherwise fun side hustle!
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    dricherson got a reaction from Rae Reich in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    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!
     
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    dricherson reacted to oldlady in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    there is a group of AARP  volunteer accountant retirees who do taxes for seniors in many places.   they have done my schedule C for me for many years.  they do not do state taxes here but i do not know what they might do in alabama.
    try to find if this service is available to you.  free is really good.
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    dricherson got a reaction from Pres in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    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!
     
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    dricherson reacted to Mark C. in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    In a perfect world the answer is yes you are a business . If this was a one off you may view it as a like a yard sale but since it sounds like the Etsy gig will continue you should check with your state (you did not tell us what state you are in)-collect state sales taxes and report the income on your return .Getting legitimate is a good thing. If you sold this pottety for cash as the farmers market my advice would be different. Your sales venue is all above board so you should be as well.
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    dricherson reacted to Stephen in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    sounds like you've been doing it off the books for a while. I would go find an accountant to help me sort it out if last year is not your first year in business. If you get lucky and draw an audit then it would be a mess and you could get hit with penalties. I think anything over $400 is supposed to be reported. There are hobby business classifications where you cannot take losses for more than revenue and since you are selling on Etsy you are in my opinion more at risk than if you were selling face to face so liability insurance (few hundred bucks a year) and business structure might matter. You can form a single (or couple) person LLC and choose cash basis for the IRS and file the same as a sole proprietor. None of this stuff is expensive or that involved but you need to get on top of it and they do care, Audits are mostly random but a real hassle and can get expensive with them plugging in estimated income that you never even made.
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    dricherson reacted to Roberta12 in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    All states seem to have their own spin on things.  In Colorado it is a misdemeanor to sell any sort of retail without a sales tax or special event license.  So do get on your state Dept. of Revenue site and find out the rules for you.  Mea and I aren't talking about forming an LLC, although you can if you wish, but  just registering under your name and Soc.#.  If you are selling through Etsy (Congrats by the way) I would think there will be a paper trail of some sort.  Might as well be on the up and up.
    Roberta
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    dricherson reacted to liambesaw in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    Sole proprietorship, which needs to be licensed here in Washington
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    dricherson reacted to GEP in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    Not sure if you’re talking about forming an LLC or a corporation, essentially a separate tax entity from yourself. This isn’t necessary in order to deduct all of the expenses of a small pottery business. This can be done by simply adding a Schedule C (or a Schedule C-EZ) to your personal tax return. 
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    dricherson reacted to liambesaw in Do I have to pay taxes?   
    At some point it'll make a lot more sense to become a business since all your supplies, equipment, studio, show fees, etc become tax deductible.
    I formed my pottery business last year and because of the initial costs of equipment and weak sales I didn't owe anything extra.
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