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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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. 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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    Age of dry materials

    Roberta- Try rubbing alcohol to remove the marker. Works well for most permanent markers, and is substantially less expensive than hairspray. You also won’t have to worry about overspray. Fred
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    Hudson River Clay

    Grey- Just a quick correction to Nerd’s latest reply. GlazeMaster was written by Ron Roy and John Hesselberth, not John Britt. The software website is: http://www.masteringglazes.com/ attn: Tom. Know that you are interested in accuracy, therefore my correction. Regards, Fred
  17. Soren- Below is a listing of Illinois ceramic suppliers that carry raw materials. Sourced from: The Ceramic Arts 2018 Yearbook and Annual Buyers Guide - A Supplement to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. I am not sure how close these are to you, but it is a start. Great Lakes Clay & Supply (Elgin) www.greatclay.com Ceramic Supply Chicago (Elk Grove) www.ceramicsupplychicago.com Blick Art Materials (Galesburg) www.dickblick.com Art Clay World, USA (Oak Lawn) www.artclayworld.com U.S. Pigment Corp. (S. Elgin) www.uspigment.com I'm also not sure if there are other suppliers in neighboring states which might be closer. The URL to source a PDF copy of the Ceramic Arts 2018 Yearbook is: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/toc/ceramics-monthly-ceramic-arts-yearbook-2018/ Regards, Fred
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    Glazing on already glazed tiles

    Dutch- do a member search on Paul Lewing here in the forum. He is the author of China Paint and Overglazes, available at: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/shop/the-paul-lewing-china-painting-collection/ You can also PM him from the forum. Regards, Fred
  19. Shouldn’t have any difference if you didn’t have other effects (i.e. metals or combustibles attached or in proximity).
  20. hantremmer- Even if it was a pot to be bisque fired, the person who did the stamping should be informed that their choice of stamp ink contains metallic oxide(s), assuming it was stamped prior to firing the piece. If it was stamped after the firing, and the ink contains no metal oxide(s), it may burn off in another firing. Try having it re-fired. After all, what do you have to lose? Regards, Fred
  21. Do you have the manual for your kiln? The link below is for the manual Duncan kilns (includes yours) from the Paragon kiln company, who were providing parts and service after Duncan was disbanded. https://www.paragonweb.com/files/manuals/LX_914_Duncan_Kiln_Owners_Manual.pdf Regards, Fred
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    Calcining Cobalt Carbonate

    Soren- Most body colors will develop their true intensity with the addition of a clear glaze. To get an idea of how it will look prior to glazing and firing the work put a drop of water on the surface. While it won’t be highly accurate, you will get an understanding of just how the glaze will influence the color development. Regards, Fred
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    Calcining Cobalt Carbonate

    Soren- Check Chris Campbell’s website: http://www.ccpottery.com/coloredclaylessons.html This is her colored clay tutorial/class page. You might find your answers there. She is often approachable via email, depending on her schedule. She is also a member of this forum and has a gallery here. Go to the main page and do a search on her name. Regards, Fred
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    Corn syrup

    Andrea- Use Karo syrup or any other cheap syrup. Regards, Fred
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    Lightweight Shelves

    LeeU- Am wondering if you meant “Corelite” shelves made by Cedar Heights instead of the “Cordierite” that you posted? The Corelite shelves are a hollow shelf. Mark C refers to these in the above post. This may be a reason you are not receiving the responses you hoped for. Regards, Fred

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