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Old 05-21-2014, 01:50 PM   #151
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My guess is that it is a tool to mark the top of parker house rolls or something like that. Pottery tools DO NOT belong in a kitchen drawer : )
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:02 PM   #152
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....It's not like clay melts at high kiln temps.

uhmmm. some exceptions apply.

I used to wander about the countryside specifically looking for clay deposits whenceupon I would "dig and refine my own clay"

yes, run-of-the-mill kilns can/will get to temps that will "melt" clay - depends on the clay. donwanna' talk about the sagged/collapsed pieces I've pulled out of the kiln....

the usual kiln temperature 'indicator' one makes from stepped grades/temp ceramic "cones" - one watches as cones "melt" aka "sag" thus indicating 'it's time to unplug the kiln'

'rollin' yer own' clay means one has nadda clue as to how high a temp to fire - without a few 'test runs.' nothing like digging out 200-300 pounds of clay, cleaning it up (not a simple&fast task) only to learn it can't be fired high enough to fuse into ceramic before physically failing the 'I've fallen down and I can't stand up under this heat'
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:19 PM   #153
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My guess is that it is a tool to mark the top of parker house rolls or something like that. Pottery tools DO NOT belong in a kitchen drawer : )
Note to me: Quick---- clean out my kitchen drawer before quaker visits me.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:15 PM   #154
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....It's not like clay melts at high kiln temps.

uhmmm. some exceptions apply.

I used to wander about the countryside specifically looking for clay deposits whenceupon I would "dig and refine my own clay"

yes, run-of-the-mill kilns can/will get to temps that will "melt" clay - depends on the clay. donwanna' talk about the sagged/collapsed pieces I've pulled out of the kiln....

the usual kiln temperature 'indicator' one makes from stepped grades/temp ceramic "cones" - one watches as cones "melt" aka "sag" thus indicating 'it's time to unplug the kiln'

'rollin' yer own' clay means one has nadda clue as to how high a temp to fire - without a few 'test runs.' nothing like digging out 200-300 pounds of clay, cleaning it up (not a simple&fast task) only to learn it can't be fired high enough to fuse into ceramic before physically failing the 'I've fallen down and I can't stand up under this heat'
I hadn't thought of that, the sagging. I guess the supports are made of clay with a high melting point. But, there must be lots of clay that doesn't melt at kiln temps or we wouldn't have any pottery.

A friend of mine was a potter. She dug some of her clay and possibly something (sand?) to add to glaze or to make glaze. She said the exciting part was finding out what colour it would be after firing.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:24 PM   #155
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Darn the luck.

When I saw this thread bumped I had hoped someone had solved the mystery.

Oh well, Someday we'll find out what it is.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:53 PM   #156
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Darn the luck.

When I saw this thread bumped I had hoped someone had solved the mystery.

Oh well, Someday we'll find out what it is.
Oh, I sure hope so! How can such brainy people as us not find out?
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:25 AM   #157
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I was hoping that this mystery was solved, too.

I don't know if the OP is still here or not, but there is a FB page I follow called "Dusty Old Thing". People post pics of antiques and unidentifiable finds looking for help on it's history. Maybe if Step posted the pic on that page, there might be someone there who knows what it is. Here's the link.

https://www.facebook.com/DustyOldThing
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:10 AM   #158
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I was hoping that this mystery was solved, too.

I don't know if the OP is still here or not, but there is a FB page I follow called "Dusty Old Thing". People post pics of antiques and unidentifiable finds looking for help on it's history. Maybe if Step posted the pic on that page, there might be someone there who knows what it is. Here's the link.

https://www.facebook.com/DustyOldThing
Hmmm...I wonder if they could identify Shrek???
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:37 PM   #159
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I have had it posted on my facebook page since I found this thread. No one has the slightest idea. The picture is posted publicly, so many people have had the opportunity to see it.

The best guess so far was to make strudel. To make the indentations.
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Hmmm...I wonder if they could identify Shrek???
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