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Malena

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  1. Cracks In Wall Plaques/tiles

    Crack update! I bisqued several plaques standing up as suggested, but still got some cracks - these were already constructed before the other suggestions. Sounds like it might be in the construction and not the firing (?). Next time I make plaques I will try the rolling advice... I'm looking forward to seeing what happens! Malena
  2. Hi Christine, Thank you for the suggestion - I appreciate it. I have some pictures on my website: www.mbwclayartist.com - thanks for your interest! Malena
  3. Cracks In Wall Plaques/tiles

    Thank you! I will try those tips - I appreciate your advice. Malena
  4. Cracks In Wall Plaques/tiles

    No, I haven't heard about using the rolling pin to even out the pull - I will do that. I have noticed some shelves are slightly warped - is that normal after one year of use? Do you suggest replacing them? The cracked plaques are on all three levels of the kiln - not one in particular The wire is in about the same spot each time - about 1.5 inch from the top I have attached pictures - thanks again!!!
  5. Cracks In Wall Plaques/tiles

    Thank you for your help! I use a portable slab roller to make slabs about 3/8"thick and texture them - cut into squares about 6" x 6" or so; on top of piece slip and score a thinner textured flat piece of clay; on top of that slip and score a thinner piece of clay with my phrase or quote. On the back, I insert an inverted U-shaped piece of high-fire wire for hanging about an inch or so from the top. I do have pieces that fire fine, I'm finding 10 - 20% of each load have these cracks. The problem is now occuring in the bisque kiln when before it was only in the glaze kiln. Cannot see the connection between the pieces that are cracking I'm using Standard 181 - white stoneware Bisque to 04 and glaze to 6 Not sure what you mean by firing profile... ? Thanks again and let me know if a picture would be helpful.
  6. Sorry for the repost - I realized it belongs in this section. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello! I create layered wall plaques (like layed tiles) and I am having serious crack problems. At first, I was only having cracks in these pieces in the glaze kiln, but now I am getting cracks in the bisque kiln as well. I have tried several solutions suggested to me, but the problem still exists. The cracks are in the bottom of the pieces (side touching shelf) and sometimes will come through to the front of the piece. They mainly begin at the top of the piece and go towards the center, but not always. Some cracks are very slight, and some are pretty deep and wide. Please advise... I have boxes of plaques with cracks and it is very disheartening to loose so many pieces. Thank you!! Malena
  7. Hello! I create wall plaques (like layed tiles) and I am having serious crack problems. At first, I was only having cracks in these pieces in the glaze kiln, but now I am getting cracks in the bisque kiln as well. I have tried several solutions suggested to me, but the problem still exists. The cracks are in the bottom of the pieces (side touching shelf) and sometimes will come through to the front of the piece. They mainly begin at the top of the piece and go towards the center, but not always. Some cracks are very slight, and some are pretty deep and wide. Please advise... I have boxes of plaques with cracks and it is very disheartening to loose so many pieces. Thank you!! Malena
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