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How to cut a mug without breaking it?

A grit edged hacksaw blade (random example) would be the hand tool for the job. It would be a bit of a slow job but not unreasonable (given the rate these things go through tiles). I suggest ...
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How to cut a mug without breaking it?

Forward While this answer might seem long it is unfortunately not as in depth as I want. I have not cut any ceramics with the tools and techniques I am going to suggest. Given the desired end result ...
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Is there a way to cast solid ceramics?

What you want to do is to make paper clay. Basically, you shred toilet paper (cheaper the better) in warm water and use a paint mixer on your drill to make it into pulp. Then add the slip and beat ...
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Is epoxy a reasonable adhesive choice for repairing pottery?

epoxy seems like a reasonable choice Epoxies are really versatile and can give very strong results. It would have been the first thing I considered as well. since there are some gaps of around 1mm ...
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How to glue mug pieces

Most 2 part epoxies are food safe once fully cured. You can see these used in kitchen applications like counter tops and bread boards. There are some that advertise as being food safe grade. ...
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Can I use epoxy to stabilize/restore 18th century giant pottery?

I'm not a conservator, so I cannot give you a definite answer. And the answer will depend on the value of the object. If this is a rare remnant of history, do not attempt any restoration and let a ...
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Some guidelines to create a silicone mold of this flower pot object

Alternative to a silicone mold You could just as well print the pot twice in different sizes and use those prints as a mold. You'll probably need to print both sizes at the same time because you ...
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Can I use sodium hydroxide to remove glaze from fired pottery?

It doesn't sound very feasible, for a few reasons. 1 Mol/l is quite a concentrated solution of NaOH, and will do nasty things to your skin, then you want to boil it as well, so it will splash. I've ...
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Some guidelines to create a silicone mold of this flower pot object

I won't duplicate all the good information in Elmy's answer; this will be supplementary ideas. If concrete is the material you want to cast, here are some considerations. Just to clarify terminology,...
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Multi-unit pottery kiln - how hot can it go?

If the kiln is rated for 1950 degrees Fahrenheit, then that's about the highest you should fire it to. The number of rings you use isn't a function of how hot it gets but more a function of how much ...
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Food-Safe Plaster-Like Material

Food safe, moldable materials are rare in general. The closest thing that comes to my mind is a kind of "organic plastic" made from milk, but it looked hard to work with and I don't know how ...
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Is epoxy a reasonable adhesive choice for repairing pottery?

By epoxy I presume you mean Araldite etc. Do not use this, it has too much bulk and you will never get a good fit. Use superglue to stick it together to begin with, and then you can fill the gaps with ...
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What is the easiest way to wax the bottom of a ceramic pot before glazing?

If your pottery all have exactly the same size and shaped bottoms, you could make a shield out of cardboard or acrylic with an opening in the center which exactly matches that bottom. You could then ...
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Can I add more clay to an object for reinforcement?

Disclaimer: I have very little practical experience with clay. It will probably be easier and more practical to remove the current bottom entirely and replace it with an undamaged one. The main reason ...
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Food-Safe Plaster-Like Material

Plaster/Cement Material "Hard, heavy, and moldable like plaster or cement" sounds like the intent is to cast the items rather than shape them by hand like clay (although there is cement that ...
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Ceramics and shellac

With the first coat you should dissolve the crushed shellac flakes in denatured alcohol with a bit more shellac than usual, and stir in an emulsion of premixed marble dust, a touch of linseed oil and ...
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