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Posted 18 May 2013My 1st online was with my nieghbor with two cans and a string before the 60's.
Talk about sideways this post is on RUDE stuff you ------ s now get with the program and let it rip.
who cares when icecream came online get back to the whipping.
What are you drinking, Mark?
Posted 18 May 2013
Posted 18 May 2013
well, I just don't care for the idea of a crafted soap dish with lead in it at all, when you put a lotion on your skin or use a soap, those chemicals go right into your bloodstream, if you rest a cigarette on a leaded ash tray you can also inhale lead particles.
Well, I hate to be a defender of lead glazes since I don't think I've ever used one, but the above is an overreaction (and that, of course, is your right). When fired properly lead glazes can be safe but since there is always the danger that an otherwise perfectly safe glaze is going to be mixed or applied or fired incorrectly, it is best that we take the simple precaution of never using them for surfaces that come into contact with food. The plastic in your water bottle, the aluminum in your foil and pots and pans, the synthetics in your car, the air you breath on the sidewalk are putting chemicals in your body, picking up a bar of soap out of a lead-glazed soap dish in the shower isn't.
I lack the experience as a new potter to discern standards of lead precautionary safety however the EPA most likely knows more than I do. I personally would prefer not to use a glaze that comes in contact with skin. Guess some leaded glazes are still in use. Of course there are chemicals everywhere, but I like to pick and choose mine. Haven't used pots with aluminum in 40 years. A friend of mine once worked near a building that produced lead batteries, not in but near, a health team tested their blood every 3 months, as just being in fairly near proximity was considered potentially toxic. Over the counter mass produced soaps are not necessarily a good thing either. We are surrounded by chemicals, some more fatal than others.
Are leaded glazes more colorful? Easier to control in the kiln? Is there a reason why you avoid lead glazes?
I understand you not wanting to use a lead glaze when working with glazes, I just thought it was a bit extreme not to want to use soap from a dish that had a lead glaze on it. I don't use lead glazes simply because they are for low-fire pottery and I have always worked in high-fire pottery. If I were working in low-fire pottery I wouldn't hesitate to use a lead glaze on something that is clearly not going to be touching food. Because of the danger lead poses to the potter using the glaze (or more likely kids in pottery classes) and the danger of lead glazes sometimes leaching into beverages (especially acidic drinks like coffee and soft drinks), companies that make glazes have worked hard to formulate lead-free glazes that are as bright and colorful and easy to use as lead glazes.
Posted 18 May 2013
The semantical problem here is the meaning of "What we now call the Internet" What we now call the Internet is the World Wide Web. I'm well aware that going back even before the 70's that there were room-sized computers connected to each other and that later the Department of Defense had a huge network of connected computers. But when we talk about the Internet today no one is referring to a network of computers that existed before the Web. The term "the Internet" is synonymous with World Wide Web and the WWW began in the 90's. "What we now call the Internet" is webpages, email, downloads, forums, etc., etc., not numbers on a ticker tape.
Posted 18 May 2013I agree what what Mark said (and you, too) but am wondering about what you said about breaking your well. My electric wheel is a Brent but I switch directions without concern about the wheel coming to a complete stop. Did doing that really break your TS wheel?
Yes it does, and that sucks! I have to replace the controller ($95). I wish I knew that before I bought the TS.
The instruction (who reads the instructions!) says: "Do not attempt to reverse the wheel direction while the power to the wheel is on."
The wheel by itself didn't have the warning, so I did. It never worked again. I was told I burned the controller. Darn it. Still waiting for this part.
Wish I bought the Brent.
Wow. Never heard of that before. I still think TS makes a good wheel, but that is a negative and you're right if something as simple as switching directions is going to break the wheel then there should, at least, be a warning tag near the switch. I wonder if other wheels are that way or if I've just been lucky with mine.
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