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  1. Q: How do you make a small fortune in clay? A: Start with large one
  2. S. Dean

    Is this old kiln worth restoring?

    In true Timex style, how about "Takes a beating and keeps on heating"
  3. I want to receive pots as gifts ........ just not most of the ones that people buy for me -SD
  4. S. Dean

    Troubleshooting Paragon Kiln

    From the Paragon Sentry 2.0 Controller Manual https://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM218_Sentry_RampHold_Manual_Mar2010.pdf FTH / Failed to Heat ■ During a heating-up ramp, the programmed rate is faster than the kiln can heat. The temperature is below the set point temperature by more than the deviation setting. (See Temperature Deviation, page 17.) Program a slower rate. Or check for worn or burned out elements, defective relays, low voltage and defective thermocouples As a starting point, I second Dick's advice to check the sufficiency of the wiring over length of run. BTW, the Sentry 2.0 is the type of controller, not the kiln model.
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    Paragon DTC 100C bought used. Easy way to test?

    Paragon's website has a Support Section with instruction manuals and other topics. Found these operating instructions for the DTC100 controller http://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/DTC100.pdf and a trouble shooting guide http://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM195.pdf there. -SD
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    OK for kiln to get wet?

    Shawnhar - For your first firing, you might want to run a slow firing to gently drive off any accumulated moisture, much like you would do upon receipt of a brand new kiln. Here's a link to the L and L Jupiter Kiln manual which has information on firing up a kiln for the first time . About 15 pages into the document you'll find the manual firing instructions for that first fire. Instructions using an automated controller (Dynatrol) are another 12 or so pages below that.). https://hotkilns.com/sites/default/files/pdf/BookJupiterManual 9-26-11.pdf -S. Dean
  7. Another Tara Wilson video courtesy of Ceramic Arts Dailey/Ceramic Arts Network here:
  8. Preeta - Thanks for posting this. The finishing of a pot with 4 feet is definitely in Part 2:
  9. S. Dean

    Logo mugs: how to glaze?

    Since speckled brownstone is a Highwater clay, it looks like you might be getting supplies from them. They currently sell Forbes wax (milky-white color and water based) and Amaco (green). Forbes is a great wax for applying directly to clay. However, it can lift around the edges when applied over some glazes. Highwater states that Amaco's wax is the same product as Mobil wax (aka Mobilcer), a product they used to sell. My experience with Mobil wax was that it would not peel or lift when applied over glazes, so the Amaco wax might be an option for you. -SD
  10. S. Dean

    Lightweight Shelves

    LeeU, There are no real differences between Thermal Lites and Advancers. Both are made using the same process so weight, thickness, performance and cautions about moisture are the same . Advancers are made by Saint-Gobain (French) and Thermal Lites in Germany by I believe a company named Schmid (sp?). in the US, Smith-Sharpe (kilnshelf.com) sells Advancers and Bailey sells Thermal-Lites. Bailey had been selling Thermal Lites for a little less than the Advancers, but it looks like Smith-Sharpe is currently matching that pricing. -SD
  11. My experience is that 266 bloats at Cone 6 . I have significantly less problem at Cone 5.5 but even then it can have intermittent issues. And ....don't even think about re-firing it as it will almost certainly bloat in a second glaze fire. I bisque to Cone 05 and would be interested in knowing if folks get a better result at Cone 6 if they bisque to Cone 04. It is a beautiful clay. -SD
  12. Nancy, Here's a video of Kyle Carpenter, a potter from Asheville, NC, cutting 4 feet into the foot ring of a wheel thrown bowl that's been altered into an oval shape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtAOYrPmvd4 -SD
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    Glaze Ingredient Storage

    Late to the conversation here, but I use 5 gallon buckets for most of my bulk storage. They are inexpensive and readily available from the big box home improvement stores. Note - 50 pounds of less dense materials often do not fit into a single 5 gallon pail. However, 7 gallon buckets are available for purchase from vendors like Uline - https://www.uline.com/BL_8150/Plastic-Pails-and-Lids Another option would be to purchase 10 gallon rubbermaid brute containers from a restaurant supply store. They're not as cheap, but these will definitely hold a full 50 pound bag while meeting your requirement for a taller, rather than wider, container. Here's a link to s.t.o.p restaurant supply in Kitchener http://www.shopatstop.com/en/product/10gal-gray-brute-round-containers-2/ -SD
  14. S. Dean

    Creative Industries Pottery Wheels

    Speedball bought the Clay Boss line but not the HP, MP and Jr wheels that preceeded them. There is no vender support for the HP, MP, Jr.
  15. This is the respirator I use. It is available in different sizes to get a proper fit. Comes with P100 cartridges for particulates (e.g. silica) that are designed to have a lower breathing resistance than other cartridges. BTW, I've always had quick service with good pricing from this vendor (Envirosafety Products). https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/3m-7500-series-half-facepiece-asbestos-abatement-respirator-assembly.html

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