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  1. Has anyone got an idea how this is done. i would like to give it a go.
  2. It's digital. An old tetlow kiln.
  3. I have some stoneware glaze that I want to put on some bowls and fire to cone 5. All the firing that I have done to date has been to cone 06. Can anyone recommend a good firing schedule for cone 5.
  4. I have only got small bottles of each of these glazes luckily.
  5. Bill, the directions said to apply 3 coats, they were brushed on. Do you mean the crazed glaze is not durable, or the Fantasy glaze in general ?
  6. Thanks Bill. There was a temp gauge there originally, this was removed, luckily the hole was exactly the right size for the new controller. Its inside a workshop, but there are big doors on 3 sides, and an industrial sized fan pushes fresh air into the workspace.
  7. Thanks Liam. Bill has also said this is the case. Thanks for your detailed replies Bill. A foodsafe glaze was put on the inside of the mugs, the Fantasy glaze was put on the outside, which wont be in contact with any food or beverages. I will watch those videos of yours as soon as I have some spare time.
  8. No, it does not have a kiln sitter. Built in Australia in 1976. It originally just had a knob to adjust the temp. Now fitted with a temp controller.
  9. OK, thanks everyone for your help and suggestions, they have helped us a lot. We used Bills firing schedule above, to refire the mugs with the bubbles, no hold at the end. This got rid of the bubbles and they now look good. Yesterday we did another 4 mugs with Fantasy Nebula glaze, using the same schedule. It all was looking good, but the glaze on all 4 mugs has crazed after taking out of the kiln. In fact hours after taking them out of the kiln, you can still hear them pinging. When the kiln reached cone 06 it was switched off and left cool overnight, the door wasn’t opened until 60c, the mugs were warm, but could be handled without feeling too hot on your hands. Have done some reading on this, a lot of it saying that a slower heating may be needed.
  10. Hi Babs. Thanks for that info, so much to learn. When you say grind the bubbles, do you mean to take them down until smooth with the surrounding glaze ? I have 2 more mugs firing at the moment, same glaze, but using the firing schedule suggested by Min and Liam. Will see how it goes this time. Its just starting its ramp down after a 20 minute soak at 999C. Almost midnight here, will wait until the kiln turns off, then wait until morning to have a look. Will let you all know how it turns out tomorrow. Thanks all for the help.
  11. Hi Bill, yes that manual is something else. Most of it just doesnt make sense. It does have a 30 step ramp and soak, I should have posted this 2nd manual as well. http://att.finglai.com/comp/fl-en/instrument/digital-temperature-controller/XMT-8-ramp-soak-description.pdf Following the instructions as best we could, the auto tune function didnt seem to go through its process properly, how long should it take do you think ?
  12. Hi Chilly, thanks for the reply. If re-firing the mugs, would I put more glaze on to help fill the pinholes, or just stick them back in as they are. And would I just fire to the same temperature again ? My husband fitted the new controller to my kiln. This is the link to the manual http://www.sah.rs/Termoregulatori/Manual/YUYAO/XMT-808(2007).pdf If you have a similar one in yours, it would be good, as you might be able to answer a couple of questions we have regarding the programming of it.
  13. So getting back to the the mugs with the bubbles, pictured in post #1. These bubbles are about the size of a pin-head, the photo was taken with a macro lens. Can these mugs be re-fired to get rid of the defects in the glaze, or are they a bin job ? I dont mind if they cant be saved, as its a learning experience, but if they can be fixed I might give it a try .
  14. Thanks Min. Things are a lot clearer to me now after having read the responses to my question from yourself and Liam. My kiln is an old one, it has been fitted with an aftermarket temperature controller. There is a manual that came with it, but it has been translated from Chinese to English very poorly, so its not easy to understand it.
  15. You have both said the top temperature is 975C. Does that mean I am going too high at 999C ?
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