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ChloeElizabeth

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  1. @liambesawso you don't cone down applying pressure directly from the top? that's what I've been doing with a hand on the side. But maybe I need to cone down with a hand on the side, and the "top" hand pushing pressure from the top side/corner of the top?
  2. I might as well add that I have gotten into the habit of creating the "mushroom" effect when coning down. That's preventing me from getting the disc or hockey puck shape and also making centering/pulling up more difficult. Any ideas to avoid the mushroom effect?
  3. Hi all, I am looking for any centering tips and tricks with larger amounts of clay! I have been pretty comfortable with throwing anywhere from 2-3 lbs. I just tried 4 lbs. for a larger bowl the other day and found it very difficult to center, and thus created a very wobbly bowl...Any tips or tricks for centering a larger amount of clay on the wheel? Ideally, I'd love to be comfortable with 4-5 lbs. for 1) centering and 2) pulling up the walls in an even and not so heavy/thick way. Thanks!
  4. @Bill Kielb Thanks! So they insert that circle (at the bottom of your photo) through the clay earring hole? Or do they attach some other wire first? I'm just trying to understand how that part of the earring pendant actually attaches to the clay earring.
  5. Hi there! Joining this thread a bit later but I'm experimenting with earrings and pendants and would love any advice. I currently put some stoneware through bisque fire, will glaze, and put through for final fire. Each piece has a small hole that I plan to attach the wire and earring hook. That's my question...how do you create the wire through the clay earring (which I'm assuming will attach to the earring hook?) Any advice would help! Thanks, Chloe
  6. Thanks everyone! @neilestrick So I should be bringing pressure with my leg palm forwards (from my hip) rather than from the side? What part of the left palm generally is making the contact with the corner of the piece as you are coning down? I usually use the part of my palm below my thumb. Thanks!
  7. @oldlady I'm probably spinning the wheel at medium speed. Not sure I'm following where the thumbnail placement should be! I don't typically use my thumbnail.
  8. Hi there! I've seem to have gotten into a funk with centering my balls of clay on the wheel. I can get it pretty centered, but it's always about a millimetre off...Here's my technique: Cone up by pushing inwards. Cone down with the meat of my right thumb pressing down and the meat of my left thumb guiding it down. However, I've been having issues with the mushroom effect. Any suggestions as to how to cone all the way down to the wheel without the mushroom forming? Once I get it relatively centered and in a puck shape, I'll try to fix the millimetre off by pushing inwards from the side using the meat of my left hand below my pinky finger and pushing downwards from the top using the karate chop of the outer edge of my right hand, also by the pinky finger. However, this usually pushes my piece ever more off center. So I've been sticking with coning up and down several times and starting to pull my piece with the millimetre off feeling. Any tips & tricks that might be helpful? Thanks!
  9. Hi there! Quick question...I threw some vase shaped items for the first time this weekend. One was in a beehive shape with a small opening at the top, the other had a very round bottom which pulled up in a cylinder shape. While they were really fun to make, I realized they will be super difficult/fragile to trim by placing them upside down on the wheel! Any suggestions for how to trim items that have very fragile tops? Thanks!
  10. @glazenerd Wow, thank you for such exact measurements and recommendation! Unfortunately, I don't have those materials all at hand. I throw at a local studio so not sure if they have all those materials. But I will definitely keep this in mind for future endeavors!
  11. @Hulk Thanks for all the insight! I do have a bucket of dry trimmings that I plan to reclaim as you described above. However, how many times do you think I can throw, smush, rewedge (with the muck from the water bowl), and rethrow before the clay starts to get hard to throw with? I figured I would do that as long as I could, let it get bone dry, and add to my trimmings bucket to do a full reclaim process. @Sorcery I usually buy 20-25 lbs. bags.
  12. Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions and advice! I threw yesterday and comparing to my first photos, I think I'm improving. Things that have helped: using a wooden rim to straighten the walls, pulling alllll the way up, and making a first heavy pull. I plan on rewedging these pieces and continuing to practice with this same clay. Any suggestions? Some have already commented on this. I'm still working on getting them the same size. Some cylinders are wider than others.
  13. @Benzine Thanks! A few follow-up questions...to your first point of losing things (fine particles) that are coming out, how should I put those particles back in? To your last point, seems like if I rewedge right away after throwing, it should be fine? We have large slabs at the studio so not sure how porous those are for right after throwing..
  14. Hi there! I would like to practice my throwing without having to trim, glaze, and fire every time. Just practice throwing. Any advice on reusing clay? I just threw about 6 mug cylinders today and left them at the studio. Can I break apart those cylinders, rewedge, and practice throwing again? If so, should I rewedge right after throwing (they seem to be still a bit wet) or rewedge after giving a day to dry out? And how long can I keep this up before the "practice" clay starts to not be so great to use? Thanks!
  15. @Bryan Johnson Thank you! This is super helpful. One other question, what is tumble polish? I've never heard that before.
  16. @Bryan Johnson Hi there! I just posted a thread in another section asking for advice on making earrings. Specifically, what types of clay work better? How do such small earrings fire in the kiln? How do you handle the wiring? Any advice would be helpful!
  17. @oldlady Thanks! What is the title of the thread in the section of clay and glaze chemistry?
  18. Hi there! Has anyone attempted to make earrings from a standard stoneware clay? I would love to make some ball earrings or rolled out and shaped earrings, but I wonder about 1) how to insert the posts 2) how the small amount of clay handles in the kiln? Thanks!
  19. Amazing! Thanks so much for all the recommended resources to check out! Regarding John's document, absolutely no worries. Sounds like practice is the best thing that I can do. @liambesaw Thanks for the suggestions! I've been going through clay from start to fired and glazed finishes. While I'm collecting lots of pieces, not the cheapest endeavor since I'm buying lots of clay. If I wanted to simply practice throwing, any suggestions on how to keep and maintain clay if my sole purpose is to practice centering and pulling the walls? Is it likely that the clay might get too dry or wet? Or is it fine if I throw, break down, store in plastic, rewedge, and start again?
  20. @LeeU Thank you for finding out! @dhPotter If you don't mind messaging a copy to me, that would be greatly appreciated!
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