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Mark C.

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  1. That kiuln plate in photo can operate on a 20 amp #12 wire circuit. I suggest getting the orginal plug (that comes with new kiln) and socket and changing out the breakers so its all withthin spec the breaker and wire size in wall matters People change the heck out of them and its easy to get it wrong
  2. I do not care when the funds transfer as long as they do transfer. Square user for a really long time and had very few issues. I now wish I took them up on that stock offer before the IPO as an early user. Its gone thru the roof since then.That was years ago. Now the world uses them.
  3. One that is loose and groggy and can take expansion. Its been covered before a few times but maybe not by that title.A clay that for example can do raku would work
  4. The recipe calls for ball clay-so I use that not EPK I do not spray another coat just dip a thin one I made those pots but did not do the drawing a friend did. I glazed them. I use this glaze every year over drawings-usually cats. It works why mess with it-I fire it in the hot spots of reduction kiln
  5. This glaze has worked well for 40 years at cone 10 the hotter the better. Apply thin and rub out any bubbles if dipping (I dip then blow on it so the surface is even) Potash feldspar like custar -27 Ball Clay I use Kentucky ball clay -others will work-19.5 Whiting-19.5 Silica use 325 mesh-the finer the better-34 I use this over cobalt drawings or brushwork or cobalt pencil work
  6. I gave away my 30 galllon pump tank and mixer combo last April.But I'm way to far away from your location
  7. Nothing like a mug that says Kaui on it-I'm sure you could sell them by the thousands
  8. Yes you will need to cut the 1 inch solid shaft down to your lenght and reatach that lower pulley (hopefully its 1 inch (you have not post shaft diameter I think) you can use the lower and upper bearings on the kick wheel shaft maybe or get new ones as they are common size.It will take some work but nothing big-the up side is the wheel will have a solid metal head that runs true already. Not one that is turning like the teacups at Disneyland So mounting the shaft and cutting it down to size and getting your lower pully fixed to it. (that pully can be machined out to 1 inch size at any machime shop for low dollars, or compare a new one the right diameter.
  9. As bill said not a bearing-You really need to redo the shaft bearing and head to get a usable wheel. Its going to cost some $ to buy it all new-my suggesting on robbing a cheap or free kick wheel is your cheapest option. check craigslist for kick wheels-since you live in LA there are about a zillion cities to find one in should be pretty easy-when folks move they want that heavy kick wheel gone
  10. I have a potter friend on Molokai and everything costs a bunch to get it there materials wise. Price of pots is very high as it has to be. Tourist market is a contsnt supply of new buyers without a care about what it costs.Great place to be
  11. Narrow down the form list and your clay bodies as well-4 is to many. Everyone has different limits on what works for me it all porcelain and about 15 glazes I love to glaze and fire and most hate those things-I call them mud potters as they love to throw-for me clay is the canvas for glazes and reduction firing is always different outcomes and after 48 years plus this keeps me motivated I am norrowing my line down this year as we speak-I have offered about 35 forms (7 mugs sizes and shapes for example) I want that list down. My outlet line is limited but my at art show line has been huge and is coming down now .One I give up shows that line will be much smaller. all this will take discipline and thats not always FUN as you said. I have turned down all custom work for a decade and online sales as well as I do not need them. I like shows (people as customers). I could do wholesale only but its boring . This will be one of my best years money wise with the local market on but I have run out of certian forms over and over and until I limit that number of forms this looks to be the case looking forward.Price has not made any difference. I suggest a limited form list and do that list well same with clay bodies and glazes -its easier on you
  12. Ok so a few things-that wheelhaed is n=made from flake board or also whats called pressboard. . Not water proof material. If you redo it with wood make sure you use marine grade plywood or medix -both ate void free and hold up to water well. The metal attached to wheel headlooks to be basically a pully with that single screw down. The shaft seems to have some play in it as well. You will need to get this out for wheelhead to work properly. Most shafts are solid steel not a hollow pipe. You could replace the entire shaft with solid metal and new bearings before working on the head part. I'm assuming you are after low cost overall so maybe this is a moot point. Even with a new head that pipe is not running true so fix that 1st. The shaft and head need to run true to make pots well. Start with the shaft and upper bearing. Graiger supply or McMaster carr have what you need or consider a used /free kickwheel for the shaft bearings and head parts-around here folks cannot give the heavy old kick wheels away-you just need the parts not the heavu flywheel of concrete.
  13. Welcome to the forum. A video would help us see the issue-post a link to a video and you will get better answers. Cork is not a durable material.in which plane is it out?-the vid will really help You have a one of a kind wheel and the cost of a real wheel head with bearing is 150-250$. since the whole thing is custom made a new wheel head will not just boldt on to your frame as its all a one off so some thought about what you buy and how it will fit will take some work Maybe you only need the head and your shaft diameter may be different than the head. shafts can be 3/4 inch or 1 inch. The brent head is all one piece with bearing and cannot be removed very easy also omes with short shaft . Make sure your shaft band hole in wheel head and attachment is all the same. This may be a custom deal at a machine shop as well.
  14. leave out top spy plug until all water vapor is gone-500 degrees sounds fine. Welcome to the board
  15. You can make the outer frame from hog wire-Heavy wire in square pattern or sheet metal . Wire lasts longer I feel as it does not trap heat.The whole kilns needs to be kept dry at all times (no rain on fiber)
  16. I posted a photo a few years ago on some homemade buttons-check out my photos or search the whole site for buttons. My piece on buttons is here Here is a raku button in this piece.
  17. I'm on the other side of the pond so never used or even seen a Rodhe-hopefully someone from the UK can chine in. Welcome to the forum
  18. Make the whole kiln out of fiber (pretty cheap stuff)Except the base make the kiln from a heavy wire like a basket ) gas burners underneath.-propane the base would be brick (soft brick will work fine as well as hard) with the basket over the pot. my favorite e-bay vendor sells fiber in many forms-as well as brick You could getr away with 6# fiber backup layer as well but this 8# is best for the hot face this would work great-https://www.ebay.com/itm/143362228317?hash=item21610e005d:g:MiQAAOSwtAlbrOFw
  19. Vacuum the grog carefully out of elemnets groves before firing
  20. Pottery equipment is red hot now and it will sell in a flash in an add on Oahu. Good luck-ask $300 -$ 250.There also is a pottery cooperative in Honolulu as well-you could contact them-they are located under a freeway if I recall. Here is thier website Live the Aloha Spirit https://www.hawaiipottersguild.org
  21. Usually my return customers are my best sales force. I have had a few bad eggs and refused service to about 3 folks over the last 45 years. One was two women from New York with really bad mouths and attitudes and very loud. I usually just let nature take it course and they leave but these two where not going so I had to say your money is not good in this booth-soon they got it and left . I also did that about 25 years ago to a aggressive man who told me after putting 4 mugs down on my sales table what I was going to charge him. I picked up the 4 mugs quietly and returned them to the shelve and told him politely his money was no good in my booth and he left.You get to refuse service as its your right Another was a man who had no clue about reality. I have had a few drunks as well over the past 45 years who required removal before displayed got hurt.Dogs peeing on racks-0dog fight in booth-food being dumped etc My usual way to say no is your money is no good in this booth-that usually gets them wondering why this may be soo and soon they drift away.I do not confront folks most times. Keep smiling and say what I mean. Sometime the customer is not always right
  22. I say this stuff all the time in my booth I stopped doing custom orders a decade ago-is a common response The price is the same no how many you buy. They are all these things while pointing to my sign that says lead free- dishwasher safe. I have this sign on every dispay and at point of sale They are all hand made Its taken me 50 years to get to this level with clay-when asked how long it takes to make one item
  23. When you say bundles wires are you speaking about Romex? If so then its ok if it in a dry location at both ends with plenty of space in conduit.(unless the code has changed ?) Individual conductors (wires) are best really . Use 1 inch conduit with #6 conductors or larger-50 feet is a ways-look up current drop on that wire size and your total run lenght .
  24. You can also just flip the floor upsidedown for more years unless the glaze is over 1/2 way thru bricks
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