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    What Kind Of Kiln Shelves To Use?

    I have now own two L&L Kilns and the investment is worth it. They now have a smaller front loader than the Paragons-- perfect size for my small studio. And, I added on the Genesis Kiln controller-- it is super. You can easily program it without having to remember a bunch of codes. We have high alumina shelves and have been using them regularly for more than a year. They have not warped and work great. To fit the new kiln better I got 16x16 inch shelves and had some cut in half. Our cuts were kind of ragged-- due to haste-- but they work just fine.
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    Stainless Steel In Kiln?

    Thanks for the input everyone. You have pretty much confirmed what I already knew but was unwilling to accept ;>) I have some kathal rod and will probably just have to get more of those. I still may see if I can get some high tech thin ceramic rods to test too. If I get any interesting findings I will post. Cheers, Amy
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    Stainless Steel In Kiln?

    I have questions along the same lines as those posed in this discussion. If I were to use a bead release on stainless steel rod would that make the rod usable in cone 6 electric kiln or would the stainless steel still just disintegrate? Also, would stainless steel be detrimental to the kiln elements in cone 6 electric? I am trying to find stable rods, around 1/8th inch in size, to use and reuse in kiln for glazing ceramic beads. Also, a related question, are there any ceramic type rods that might work for this purpose? Thanks
  4. Hi all I make glass beads and also make pottery. For the glass bead making we use stainless steel rods coated with bead release when forming the beads with a torch. What I am wondering is-- if I coat the steel rods with bead release can I use them for firing beads in a cone 6 electric kiln? I see that people talk about using Kathal wire but I am wanting something that will be thicker and bend less. Any advice you can give regarding glazing beads in cone 6 environment would be welcome. Cheers, Amy
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    Bisque Firing Cone 6 Stoneware

    I would also like to thank everyone for giving this advice. I was going to ask the exact a similar question and found just the right advice here. Super!
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    Printing Decals?

    I have read that the toner you need is MICR toner. This is check printing toner which requires iron in it so check readers can read the info. Toner cartridges 85A and 12A work. You can find good resources here: http://rothshank.com/justins-work/decal-resources/ My questions: I currently do not have my own kiln and work at school near my home. They only fire to cone 6. They never do any lower temperature firings. So I am wondering if anyone has done any work with the laser printed decals at cone 6. If you have fired them at cone 6, did you apply the decal on bisque and apply glaze over it? Or did you apply decal over glaze? What brand/type of decal paper did you use? Have you tried the decals on cone 6 porcelain? (Like Laguna Frost). I am going to try experimenting with applying to leather hard cone 6 porcelain. Has anyone tried this? Thanks
  7. It is definitely interesting. I just like learning new stuff.
  8. I did a little searching and found: http://mypottery.blog.com/2013/01/09/hybrid-electric-gas-kiln/ I am not going to plan on getting anything like this in the near future-- just thought it was interesting.
  9. I am planning to just fire to cone 6 at this point since that is what they do at community college I go to. They have both electric and gas kilns there but I have not done much reduction work. Someday I may want to try my own gas kiln-- as I very much like to try everything. I was thinking that, if there were some kind of hybrid kiln, it would be a way to try it on my own without having to buy a second kiln.
  10. Thanks. It does seem that L&L keeps coming up as a good way to go for a front loader. The fact that you don't see a lot of them used does seem to say they are held on to or get bought fast if they ever are on the market. And the element holders are one of the things that made me look at the L&Ls in the first place. Thanks for the info.
  11. Both things you say make sense. I hadn't thought to price out the consumables with a kiln. And I read the "pricey kiln" comment to A friend they took it the same way I did but I see what you mean. No hard feelings to anyone it's just that I often see people making completely non-germane comments on posts and think it is better to stay on topic. Adding something unrelated to a useful reply is OK but a totally unhelpful post is, well, unhelpful. (But sorryOldLady if I took it wrong). I've asked questions on Amazon about a product and gotten answers like "I don't know but I think..." When I really just wanted someone who bought the product to tell me some facts about about the thing. In general I have found this site to be extremely helpful and maybe someday I will know enough to add some useful info too. Cheers everyone.
  12. Thanks Mark C. This is exactly the kind of info that helps me figure things out. Cheers, Amy
  13. The ones I was looking at were significantly less than that. Definitely under $10K. But-- even though this is really none of your business-- I've worked hard for more than 35 years and have saved enough to get a few things I want in life. At this point I am just researching and learning about kilns. Bottom line: I didn't post on this list to get judged-- I posted on it to get info. Please don't waste my time. "putting you down does not raise me up." Interesting.
  14. Hi again everyone, I was looking as Ceramics Monthly and saw an ad for Geil Kilns. (www.kilns.com) Has anyone had any experience with them? Before now I've not heard of them. It looks like they have a very nice easy element changing system. I am looking at the EHW8 and EHW12 electric kilns.These have elements on the floor and roof and two sides-- instead of on the door and back like L&L. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to having them on the top and bottom? The smaller kiln also has fiber instead of brick on the door. Would this make any difference? Another kiln they have is called a "medium duty" kiln and it does oxidation and reduction and can use propane tanks for gas. I've never seen this type of kiln before. Has anyone ever used a dual purpose kiln like this-- one that works with propane like this one does? Thanks, Amy
  15. Can you point me to the "make your own" versions of these? Not sure how to word a search.
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