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    irenepots got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Reusing witness cones   
    Great discussion.  Great Forum.
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    irenepots got a reaction from Babs in Reusing witness cones   
    OK here are my results.  The cones are 5.5,  6 and 7.  I was out of 5s.
    The sets of cones on the left of each pic are the original, reused cones.    On the right are the single fired cones.  The last pic is in the first category, but I neglected to add a new set to that lower left half shelf.  Do you think there's a significant difference?  It looks enough to me that I won't re-use underfired cones again.  I hope this info is helpful to you too.  Thanks for your input!
     




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    irenepots got a reaction from curt in Reusing witness cones   
    OK here are my results.  The cones are 5.5,  6 and 7.  I was out of 5s.
    The sets of cones on the left of each pic are the original, reused cones.    On the right are the single fired cones.  The last pic is in the first category, but I neglected to add a new set to that lower left half shelf.  Do you think there's a significant difference?  It looks enough to me that I won't re-use underfired cones again.  I hope this info is helpful to you too.  Thanks for your input!
     




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    irenepots got a reaction from S. Dean in Reusing witness cones   
    OK here are my results.  The cones are 5.5,  6 and 7.  I was out of 5s.
    The sets of cones on the left of each pic are the original, reused cones.    On the right are the single fired cones.  The last pic is in the first category, but I neglected to add a new set to that lower left half shelf.  Do you think there's a significant difference?  It looks enough to me that I won't re-use underfired cones again.  I hope this info is helpful to you too.  Thanks for your input!
     




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    irenepots got a reaction from Hulk in Reusing witness cones   
    OK here are my results.  The cones are 5.5,  6 and 7.  I was out of 5s.
    The sets of cones on the left of each pic are the original, reused cones.    On the right are the single fired cones.  The last pic is in the first category, but I neglected to add a new set to that lower left half shelf.  Do you think there's a significant difference?  It looks enough to me that I won't re-use underfired cones again.  I hope this info is helpful to you too.  Thanks for your input!
     




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    irenepots got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Reusing witness cones   
    OK here are my results.  The cones are 5.5,  6 and 7.  I was out of 5s.
    The sets of cones on the left of each pic are the original, reused cones.    On the right are the single fired cones.  The last pic is in the first category, but I neglected to add a new set to that lower left half shelf.  Do you think there's a significant difference?  It looks enough to me that I won't re-use underfired cones again.  I hope this info is helpful to you too.  Thanks for your input!
     




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    irenepots got a reaction from liambesaw in Reusing witness cones   
    OK here are my results.  The cones are 5.5,  6 and 7.  I was out of 5s.
    The sets of cones on the left of each pic are the original, reused cones.    On the right are the single fired cones.  The last pic is in the first category, but I neglected to add a new set to that lower left half shelf.  Do you think there's a significant difference?  It looks enough to me that I won't re-use underfired cones again.  I hope this info is helpful to you too.  Thanks for your input!
     




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    irenepots got a reaction from Chilly in Damaged kiln cord   
    My new cord has already arrived from L&L!   
     Too bad they couldn't fit an electrician in the box.  
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    irenepots reacted to ayjay in Finding Bats To Fit Shimpo Rk-2 Wheel Head   
    I make all my own bats, I also had to drill my wheelhead to fit bat pins: I first made a template with a 3mm hole at the centre to allow me to centre it on the wheelhead in which I'd also made a 3mm hole at the centre, a 3mm diameter masonry nail serves as a locating pin.
     
    I made the holes for the bat pins asymmetrical: one of them is about 90mm from the centre and the other is about 120mm -  my bats can never be put on the wrong way cos it would be very noticeable.
     
    I've obviously kept the template so that any future bats can be drilled out to the same dimensions, a 3mm hole at the centre and a couple of clamps and it's ready to go.
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    irenepots reacted to Min in Handy Techniques   
    Can’t remember the last time we had a tips or techniques thread and there have been a few really good ones posted lately so thought it would be a good time to start another thread. Anybody have anything, simple, complicated, unusual or ? that they would like to share? My offerings below, nothing spectacular but things I use often. 
    Staple remover with the points filed down makes a pair of mini tongs for tiny pots, tiles, lids etc. 
    Neoprene disc that sticks to the wheel head with water, dampen the top of it with a sponge and pots stick to it without having to use wads of clay to hold pots down. (I don’t use a Giffin grip)  Also in that picture is the elbow part of a wire coat hanger that I use for callipers.
    Cheese slicer with the bar removed to quickly trim off the bulk of the clay up to the outer edge of where the foot will be trimmed.

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    irenepots got a reaction from glazenerd in Rubber/Silicone Ribs   
    Actually meant to reply to the previous post,  but I feel your pain.   I' m trying to find a way to incorporate beginner's bump into my design "theory"......
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    irenepots got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in My Trains.   
    I was very happy and interested to watch your video, thank you for making it available.  As a kid I read all the Railway Children books and thought a railway car would be a great place to live. Now we have the small home movement here, but you are way ahead of that.  It's a wonderful use of an historical resource.  I don't know how you survive without air conditioning tho.....
     
    Irene in NJ
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    irenepots got a reaction from Chilly in Qotw: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall?   
    That's an interesting consideration for us geezers.  Not that I'm suggesting you're a geezer but I sure am .   I do tend to crab walk when I get up from throwing.  Another keep-moving idea would be to  leave the prepared clay lumps somewhere away from the wheel so I have to get up to begin each new pot. My dog won't like this tho.  He gets up every time I do.
     
    I'll talk it over with him.
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    irenepots got a reaction from Chilly in Freezing!   
    Change it?  Not likely.  It will inspire me to new heights.  Or lesser depths.
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    irenepots reacted to 1515art in Looking For Alternative Ways To Hold Down Pots For Trimming   
    One more little trick and I do this often with no problems, wait to cut the pot from the batt and do an initial trim right side up if for any design reason you want to trim the top, sides or even the inside. Then cut the piece free and finish trimming with any of the other methods. One more technique I use especially on pieces with small tops is to throw a heavy chuck with fresh clay on the wheel to fit my needs and when done trimming I finish throwing the chuck and turn the chuck into my next pot.
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    irenepots got a reaction from flowerdry in Wedging Clay   
    Your advice was right on the mark.  Thank you thank you!
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    irenepots reacted to GiselleNo5 in Best Bagged Clay For Throwing...currently Use Amaco 38   
    I use B-Mix which is pretty soft, but finicky and prone to cracking. My Speckled Buff from Laguna is fabulous and so soft it's super easy to flop a pot just because you over corrected, otherwise it's a very cooperative and pleasant clay to throw. 
     
    It is possible that you're comparing yourself to someone with so much more experience. I have been throwing for two years and I look at potters with twenty years of experience and the clay looks almost liquid in their hands. I think I just have a lot to learn. 
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    irenepots got a reaction from snoopdog6502 in Freezing!   
    That sounds like a pretty harsh way to have fun.  I'd love to see some of your work, I'm not sure exactly what it means to be a lamp worker.  Is it your day job too?   I could never do what you do - I'd burn the place down on the first day.  If you're ready to switch to pottery, I highly recommend it.  I'm completely obsessed.  Or you could pot in the winter and lampwork in the more cooperative seasons?  
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