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About ronfire

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    Ronfire
  • Birthday 03/20/1960

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    http://www.spottedhorsegallery.com

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    Male
  • Location
    Merritt BC Canada
  • Interests
    Love our horses and it reflects in the pottery.

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  1. ronfire

    Reclaimed clay

    Would adding sodium silicate help any?
  2. ronfire

    Reclaimed clay

    Does your reclaimed clay tend to crack more. I seam to have more failures in the reclaimed clay. I am using plainsman m340 stoneware clay
  3. ronfire

    Breakage location

    Mine did not have a foot, only a thicker layer of clay to get the inside shape. Next one I will trim a foot into the bottom.
  4. ronfire

    Breakage location

    I will try to change my sinks to be more even.I cant make them flat bottom on the inside so I will start with trimming a foot for the above counter ones and place them in the center of the kiln. Would it be good to place them on clay rollers to help with creep as well as cooling the bottom?
  5. ronfire

    Breakage location

    Yes the sink is thicker on the Bottom and gets progressively thinner to the top. So it make that much difference on the thickness?
  6. ronfire

    Breakage location

    The kiln is a Skutt 1227 with 3" bricks and a kiln sitter. There was a circle of mugs around the sink so there was a lot of thermal mass available. I usually place a large object on the bottom because it is the only whole shelf. I have some whole shelves from a smaller kiln that I might use on top of a split shelf so the piece sits on a single shelf with no split in the center. My wife if now under glazing 2 replacement sinks today for a replacement, and will load higher in the kiln. Now of course both sinks will fire fine.
  7. ronfire

    Breakage location

    The pieces have large cracks in them. Must be on the cool down as the cracks have sharp edges. The last piece as a sink about 12" diameter, also had 1 in the top of the kiln that was fine. Both are the same size with a hole in the center.
  8. ronfire

    Breakage location

    It never fails that the custom order piece is the only one to break in the glaze fire. Why does the bottom shelf of the kiln has more pieces fail in the glaze fire than higher in the kiln? Might be that I place the larger piece on the whole shelf at the bottom. Could it be the bottom of the kiln is cooling to fast? Bottom shelf is 1" off the bottom, shut off the kiln vent about 1 hour after shutdown.
  9. Saw an add for the above machine for $750 cdn. Looking for input on this wheel if it is worth it or just go for a new machine. I currently use an Estrin, a motor driven kick wheel.
  10. I also have lots of night time traffic, wish the cat would get more of them.
  11. Cant see a mile here with all the smoke from the fires.
  12. Several people do not have vents on their kilns, went a year before I added a vent.
  13. My wheel had no pins so I drilled holes and placed in Allan head bolts with a nut on the bottom side. No need to make treads.
  14. ronfire

    Looking For Wheel Suggestions...

    Your wheel could probably be repaired. You could take it apart and order new bearings form a bearing shop or possibly from a good automotive parts store. If you take in the old bearings they can usually order in a set that will fit.
  15. Can always grind them flush with an angle head grinder.
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