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Kathy Fields

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  1. Carving Tools

    Dental tools are great. Two thoughts: 1. Dentists and Dental Assistants constantly renew their tools. You may be able to get the discards, which work just fine for clay. 2. They use a large assortment of sizes and slightly differing shapes, so do not discard any offers because the tools look similar at first sight. You'd be surprised how the differences can help. Another source are old -- two generations or more in some cases, so look in second hand shops, etc. -- manicure sets. I have one from the 50's which is perfect for my use. These sets have several items, but my favorite is a plastic (even older were bone) handled cuticle cleaners, with soft pointed, slightly curved and cupped ends. And don't forget quarter inch dowels, which can form good ends with a little bit of carving/sanding. Yes, they do not last long, but are easily shaped, sharpened or even replaced -- and cheap. Enjoy and hope these help.
  2. Glaze Calculator

    Does that mean Insight is quirky or without clear instruction? Or can a computer newbie use Hyper-glaze with out instructions or a book?
  3. Glaze Application Problem

    Not sure if my quick post uploaded, so I'll re-post. Please forgive me if there's a duplication. Glad you asked the question as I've had similar experiences with a commercial glaze from Coyote (NM glaz/clay company). Most often I layer glazes, so have a fair experience with any glaze used more than once. So, when I decorated with Croc Blue over Red Gold on a platter, the blue flaking off was a surprise. I blew off all roughed up bottom glaze, but no difference. Fired as usual to see what would happen. The major differece is that the combining colors are muted, when past experience has seen bright/shiny. Two pieces are attached: one is the platter and the other shows the more normal result when using this combination. Firing was electric, ^6, with normal cool down. Same process for both pieces All suggestions/ideas/ teaching are welcome.
  4. Beginner Question: Glazing & Clay

    If you are really hooked on this addiction, its time to read books and magazines. It is my understanding that Raku is a low fire process, about 1800 degrees or ^06 -- about the same as a normal bisque firing. <BR>However, the Raku firing process is very different from a more standard firing technique. You'll have to know this distiction before using the clay and glaze together<BR><BR>Is the True Celedon from Amaco? Usually, a ^5-6 glaze (mid fire) can be fired, in a standard kiln, at a lower temp than its rating, without lots of damage, but there will be differences in the finishing. <BR><BR>The first question then, is are you going to Raku fire the pieces? Or gas fire (normal kiln) or Electric fire? As suggested, its time to read and research these details. Let us know and maybe there'll be other answers or suggestions.
  5. Glaze Calculator

    What is the cost of the Level II version of Tony Hansen's Insight (Digitalfire.com) Is that htpp://www.digitalfire.com ?
  6. Run Away Electrical Kiln

    Really good questions. I'd appreciate knowing the details of your kiln: brand, size, special add-ons, age, etc. I also fire electric, but both bisque and glaze (^5 & 6). This has never happened to me but the information from your experience will be a good body of information. Kathy