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Dee Sota

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  1. Paper Clay?

    I would like to bisque fire paper clay pieces in the RAKU kiln. Can you please tell me the degrees I need to reach bisque? Thank you for you help. Dee
  2. Tiny Pinhole Clusters

    Thank you Christine, that information gives me a better understanding. My kiln has a kiln sitter, with jr cones, soaking may not work in this situation. What if I bump the cone up one instead of Cone 5. do Cone 6.... or cone 6 to cone 7, however I read you don't want to be hotter, but holding... I wonder if it pays to get the digital attachment on a older Skutt kiln? Or start saving for a digital kiln. Will I ever learn all this? Thank heavens for folks like yourself helping folks like me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. DEE
  3. Tiny Pinhole Clusters

    Hello Dee - by "half-hour soak" I mean getting the kiln up to your chosen firing temperature and then keeping the kiln at that temperature for half an hour before letting it gradually cool as usual. It is important that the temperature is maintained only and not increased Hope this is useful Christine
  4. Home Made Wedging Table

    My husband made me one. I only use if for drying my overly wet collapsed clay ( I am a beginner), it does not work for wedging, if picks up stuff. The plaster form is 4 inches thick, 24" x 20" , it took almost two bags of plaster and it took many days to dry. (As I use it, I find that it is too big and too heavy) In the middle of the frame and before he poured the plaster, he connected hog wire to the frame for stability. I have another table that was made to wedge on. This table is covered by canvas (purchased at clay dealer) works perfect for wedging. Hope this helps, Dee
  5. Tiny Pinhole Clusters

    Please forgive this question, but I have heard different versions of the meaning to the word "soak" Christine stated 1/2 hour soak? Can you please elborate and describe what you mean by "soak". Thank you DEE
  6. Tiny Pinhole Clusters

    Hello Plattypus... I had a pinholing problem some years ago and was advised to give a half-hour soak once the kiln reached temperature - it worked for me. It's also the case that clay which is underfired at bisque may retain moisture which could also explain pinholes forming during a higher temperature glaze firing Hope this helps Christine
  7. Tiny Pinhole Clusters

    Hello Plattypus... I had a pinholing problem some years ago and was advised to give a half-hour soak once the kiln reached temperature - it worked for me. It's also the case that clay which is underfired at bisque may retain moisture which could also explain pinholes forming during a higher temperature glaze firing Hope this helps Christine
  8. Studio

    Can anyone give me instructions on converting an old kiln into a Raku kiln pictures would be helpful Thank you, Dee
  9. Newbee.... I am reading books which has many suggestions about open lid at what Temp for bisque and glaze firing for "mid range clay and glaze" What is the general rule of thumb. (SKUTT 1027 Kiln) Bisque cone 06 1 hour lid open on low? Then 2 hour lid open on Med? Turn to high and close? Glaze cone 5 1 hour lid open on Med? Then 1 hour lid close on Med? Turn to high with lid closed? ALSO Reading and confused.... Bisque should be DAMP when glazing Bisque should be DRY when glazing Any help will be very grateful. It's confusing.... but SO MUCH FUN! Thank you... Dee
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