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    Home Made Kiln Controller

    Just an update on my controller project; recently I've been adding some extra features like; better programme management and allowing a thermocouple offset value; this weekend I'm going to try and add wifi to it so I can push real-time firing information online so it can be picked up remotely using a smartphone etc, not sure how that will go.
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    DIY Kiln Controller - Veroboard Version 2 (inside view)

    I will be making it available as soon as it's complete.
  3. yes, I totally agree. I do plan on carrying on with Parian but I need to sort out my kiln first; as it needs new elements and a new base to stand on before I fire again with it. I made a lot of mistakes in my model so i'd like to scrap it and start a new one. Oh, and I need to finish my diy kiln controller project too! there are just never enough hours in the day!
  4. Hi, just a quick beginners kiln firing question; i'm hoping to fire some Parian sculpture this week in my kiln; i've never fired Parian before, can I lay the pieces down on their side to fill the kiln space better or will they mark or stick? Previously, I had laid my stoneware bisque fired pieces on their side and they came out fine. Regards Jules
  5. This was my very first ceramic so it's really hard for me to make any comparisons to other materials, but I really do like to work with Parian. The pieces are Charlotte Brontë, Queen and Mandala. Although I like the finish, I was expecting a half-way between a smooth matt to a silky appearance, now whether that's the difference between 1200c and 1240c i've no idea; it would certainly be worth trying the upper temperatures with this version of Parian slip, also I suspect the thickness of material and the type of finish on the inside of the mould would also plays a big part in the overall effect.
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    a finished piece in Parian.
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    Misc

  9. The bearded man was my piece and the others were my father-in-laws.
  10. I fired to ~1200c
  11. well, i don't feel so bad now. I had some controller issues yesterday so I had to swap out my latest (not properly tested) controller back to the old one, which meant I couldn't fire, BUT I did set it going this morning.
  12. 5 months later and I still haven't fired the pieces - lol; but now they are in the kiln and I plan to fire it tomorrow morning before I start work; I will let you know how it goes.
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    A very aesthetical composition; I especially like the leaf spacing.
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    If one of your students....

    tbh this would be my first guess; my wife has worked supporting students across the spectrum and the behaviour described does sound familiar.
  15. Hi, just some odd comments on your site; I would remove the "Not for technical info on clay/glazes/firing/safety etc.; no expertise is claimed." from the home page, as the home page should only be about your lovely images; perhaps just add it to your policies page somewhere. I'm from the UK, so conditions of sale is completely different to the states; I did find a nice page which outlines some basics, but what I gathered was, for the most part, it's determined by the state your selling from - so, you might want to touch on that maybe in your text. http://consumer.findlaw.com/consumer-transactions/customer-returns-and-refund-laws-by-state.html One good thing I like about your site is that it fits 1020px width which essential for being viewed by mobile tablets. ;-)
  16. interesting stuff! well, I would assume (hope) potclays comment means "over the recommended" temps. Anyway, assuming everything is good with the clay etc I will try some pieces at 1240c and also try some at 1200c. I might have to get another thermocouple before I fire so i'm dead on the mark.
  17. Hi @Sputty the Parian was sold ready mixed as a casting slip from Potclays.co.uk; a link to the product is here https://www.potclays.co.uk/studio/products/5288/original-parian-semi-porcelain-casting-slip-5lt I had read about the softening, I was thinking of hitting 1200c to maybe 1215c range to be on the safe side in case it went too soft and couldn't support itself (no idea to be honest ). If it works out I might well look at Scarva and source the raw ingredients; with some help from your great Parian topic thread :-) (which I will re-read tonight) Did you have any preferred firing profiles for Parian? I was just going to use a 2 segment stoneware and tweak the upper last segment to 1215c
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    Home Made Kiln Controller

    Hi, i've attached a PDF of the schematic / circuit diagram of my diy digital kiln controller so far; I will post a link to the firmware and other details once complete; I basically have to do some more LIVE testing before I'm happy with it. Current Progress Schematics
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    From the album: Misc

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