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ts's on bisque!??? my, my.

updated thu 31 oct 96


Karl P. Platt on wed 2 oct 96

Hmmmmm. This one raises some interesting images.

>>Will a Redart TS <<

Honey, in San Francisco and its surrounds, anything can TS, but TV is
much more popular owing to cost. However, if you wait short while, the
SF city employees will have their insurance companies paying to have
their "spouses" "fixed", too....and anyone who'd disagree with this is a
I know it 'cuz I read it in the paper.

But I'm no phomohobe.....

>>Do any of you have a TS rec.<<

Well, no, but if you hang on Market Street for a while you'll at least
have a better idea about the palette of options available. For the most
part, I'd say it looks pretty grim. But, hey, that's me. I mean, some
guys like girls with an adam's apple -- but I ain't phomohobic.

>>Seems to me I have tried this in the past and it was not toooo successful with

OK, so Market Street isn't the best place to look, but be content to
know it's they who are going around in circles. So it's not your fault
the effect isn't there.

Karl -- cultimulchurally cutting-up at the expense of the granstendered
community -- and Peggy. Sorry, dear, I couldn't resist.

P.S. Redart, comprising principally fireclay(s) and shale, should work
OK, but there are btter options. Select clays with high proportions of
fines -- those with high inherent shrinkage usually fit the bill.
Preparing Terra Sigilatta -- true Terra Sigilatta -- is a time consuming
process. One wants to extract only the finest fraction of clay particles
for application. The most comprehensive description on how to go about
preparing this sort of decoration can be found in Parmelee.

Ball milling clay to death, an approach advocated here and there, does
not do much of anything. Without going into the theory in tedious
detail, this approach, which assumes that particle size reduction occurs
on a grand scale in the ball mill, typically results only in very well
mixed slip. Small ball mills lack the energy necessary to reduce
particle size to the fine-ness in any span of time measured in anything
less than months.