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  1. Fred Sweet

    removing e6000?

    Clay lover- Here is the SDS for E-6000. On the second page there is information about various solvents to break down the cured adhesive. http://eclecticproducts.com/downloads/tds/tds-e6000-craft-us-ca-eu-me-arabic-au-nz-mex.pdf Hope it helps. Regards, Fred
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    Clay deposits in Miami Florida?

    Mike- Try reading through some or all of the following: https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0380k/report.pdf https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/20548923.2015.1133119 https://floridadep.gov/fgs/geologic-topics/content/florida-rocks-minerals https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/_assets/pdf/florida-rocks-and-mineralas-leaflet19-2009.pdf The above were some of the results from a web search using: “ clay deposits near Miami, Florida” as the parameter. Additional sources of information may be found in their endnotes. Regards, Fred
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    How it's made

    Vlad- Once you have a mold, you can use it as a press mold. If you do use it as a press mold you can “customize” each one after you drop them out. Doing this can keep you involved with the basic form and slow down the inevitable “burn out”, as well as being able to provide your customers with an ever-changing product. Regards, Fred
  4. Denice- Is this really the topic to which you were wanting to respond? Respectfully, Fred
  5. Fred Sweet


    Shawna- Here is a link that discusses the Cress Basic kilns. I know it doesn’t address your specific kiln, but it briefly discusses the use of the infinite switches (which your kiln has) under the section “Switches and Pilot Lights”. http://www.cressmfg.com/pdf/BASIC KILN MANUAL, FOR A,B,C KILNS.pdf The remainder of the manual is something you might read through to decide what may apply to your future firings. Hope this will help. Regards, Fred
  6. Fred Sweet

    Triple beam or digital scale?

    To all you fine folks- Thanks to Graybeard’s comment above, I find that I need to edit my post. He is correct when he says the “right-hand” column (or pillar as I stated). Some how got my hands mixed up. Must be the shivering that I’m doing in this cold snap! Thank you Greybeard. Now off to edit my prior post. Respectfully apologetic, Fred
  7. Fred Sweet

    Triple beam or digital scale?

    Rae- Yes, they are in Ohaus scales. They are located in the right-hand pillar, where the beams pass through it. There a blade which hangs down from the beam, which is what the magnets work their braking effect upon. Regards, Fred
  8. Fred Sweet

    Help with firing programme

    1/4 inch or .6 cm. Whichever you’re most comfortable with. You can put a layer of kiln wash on between the bisque and glaze firing if you choose to glaze your piece.
  9. Fred Sweet

    Temporary soft marks on clay?

    Ditto to what Min says. You can use different colors to refine you patterns or to designate various color or texture areas. Regards, Fred
  10. Just be sure to ask first before scrounging around a construction site. General contractors often will have issues with non authorized people on the site. Liability and loss type of things. Regards, Fred
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    Nicky- Try this link. By no means all inclusive, but a good start. https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/glossary/ Regards, Fred
  12. Moh- You can try wedging in Molochite (a porcelain grog), to achieve some “bones”, if height is your goal. Available in various mesh sizes from a number of ceramic suppliers. Regards, Fred
  13. shawnhar- Since your first firing was over-fired and was blistered, pinholed, it doesn’t make sense to add more heat work (by increasing your hold time) to the subsequent firing. If the pieces were refired , it takes less heat work to re-melt the glaze since all the materials were already combined in the glass matrix. If the second firing was with new unfired pieces, I would have considered lowering the hold time or the target come, since your first was over-fired. Something to ponder. Regards, Fred
  14. Thanks for the info. 

  15. Vivk- Go to priscillahollingsworth.com. Once on her home page follow this route: Home, info, extras The low fire glaze pdf resides there. Regards, Fred

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