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  1. Buying a new kiln

    Thanks, much appreciated.
  2. Buying a new kiln

    Or... I can I put it in the balcony, in good weather? It's four sides sheltered. I know, electricity and water don't mix, but on dry days? I will be home all the time the kiln is on, anyway. I do have a studio space in a purpose built unit and they fire a few kilns all at once in a large area, but not much ventilation!!! Studio users use that space also for plaster work and glazing. How about the fumes there? I guess we all breathe them!!! The owners are people with lots of experience, so I always assumed that they know what they're doing. They use the space themselves, too, when the kilns are on... They put the kilns at night and may be by the time we get there in the morning, most/all of the toxic fumes have gone?? Looking forward to your reply. Cheers.
  3. Buying a new kiln

    Thank you very much, Marcia. Would an extractor fan (say, installed on a window) be OK? Or would I need something more specialist? Would the gasses be coming out all throughout the firing process or would there be a safe time to use the room where the kiln would be? I'm thinking of putting it in the kitchen. Cheers.
  4. Hi. I'm thinking of buying a "table top" kiln as : 1. I live in flat. 2. I don't have any place in my flat where I can safely operate a larger kiln - except a balcony which is partly sheltered. 3. I make small pieces mainly from porcelain and stoneware clay. Paragon Caldera looks the business ( I knowww, it's only 0.25 cubic feet!). Any drawbacks/plus points/comments on table top kilns? Your advice will be much appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Recipe For Neat Oxides

    Thank you for your reply.
  6. Recipe For Neat Oxides

    Thank you for your reply.
  7. Recipe For Neat Oxides

    "... you may not like the iron oxide." Is that because the iron oxide can be unstable when fired? I have noticed that on fully fired paper porcelain, iron oxide has almost vanished. Thank you for your reply, Marcia.
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  9. Recipe For Neat Oxides

    Hi, I like decorating my ceramic pieces with neat oxides (oxides not added in glazes, but used on green or bisque ware to pick up details and refired with or without transparent glazes). I have copper oxide, copper carbonate, manganese dioxide, cobalt oxide, red iron oxide and black iron oxide. I use white stoneware and porcelain paperclay mainly. The pieces are then fired in reduction (oxidasation). My questions are: 1. What should I add to each oxide, to go on the type of clays I use? (water only? what ratio? anything else? how about firing temperature?) 2. I prefer mat glazes, is there a mat glaze recipe to use with these oxides? Many Thanks, Spring Mold. :-)
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