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  1. SunsetBay

    Advancer Shelves: kiln wash or not?

    So my pieces didn't stick when I used wax resist with alumina hydrate added, but the self-supporting cones plucked! Suggestions? Maybe I should just put wash on the shelves after all...
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    Advancer Shelves: kiln wash or not?

    That's what I thought. Thanks!
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    Advancer Shelves: kiln wash or not?

    It occurs to me to ask: Does this problem of porcelain plucking occur during all firing, or just glaze firing? Meaning: Is it something to worry about during a bisque firing? Thanks!
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    Advancer Shelves: kiln wash or not?

    Thanks, Mark. I'm going to experiment with the hydrate/wax mixture on the feet before I decide whether to kiln wash the shelves.
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    Advancer Shelves: kiln wash or not?

    It has been suggested that I cover the feet of my wares with wax resist with some alumina hydrate mixed in, rather than apply kiln wash to the shelves. Also that I apply kiln wash to the tops and bottoms of my kiln furniture (though I'm not sure how important that might be, as of course the kiln furniture isn't porcelain). As for storage, I'm storing the shelves upright on wooden supports in the garage. I don't think they're touching any concrete below, and behind the first one is the firewall material we put in around the kiln. The only moisture that gets into the garage is snow melt from the car tires sometimes, or occasional rain washing in if it's windy and the door is open. I'm wondering if there's more I should be doing for shelf storage... I haven't used the new shelves yet.
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    Elaine's Cone 6 Porcelain from Sheffield

    I've just been wondering if anyone else has had this issue. I still have 100 lbs left, and I'm working extra hard on the attachments. Before I order more clay, though, I'll talk to Sheffield about it. Thanks.
  7. I've been using Elaine's Cone 6 porcelain from Sheffield for a few years now, and I love it. I love the feel of it on my hands, I love the way it takes glazes, and overall I've been really happy with it. But over the past, say, 9 months, I've been having new problems with attachments: handles and other attachments are cracking even when I dry super-slow. Does anyone else have experience with this? Any suggestions? I don't want to switch clays, but I'm getting frustrated. Thanks!
  8. How do they differ in terms of use?
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    L&l/bartlett Controller Question

    I have a brand-new L&L EasyFire kiln, and my test firing results were overfired by a full cone. When I went to adjust the thermocouple offset, I found that it was already set for 18 degrees. So if I want to add, say, 15 degrees, do I reset it to 33 degrees instead of 18?
  10. All very helpful. Thank you!
  11. When using a "hump" of throwing clay as a trimming chuck, how do you keep the clay from sticking to the piece you're trimming?
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    Waterproof Power Strip Suggestions?

    That's a good idea. I could keep the wheel plugged directly into the wall (I'd prefer not to have to use an extension cord for it), and then plug everything else in farther away. Why didn't I think of that? ;-)
  13. Can anyone recommend a good waterproof power strip? I only have one outlet (2 plugs) in my basement studio. It's right behind my wheel, and my wheel and my extra lamp are plugged into it. I'd like to be able to plug in things like my stick blender (for glazes) without having to unplug something else. But I'm guessing I ought to use something that will be safe (or at least relatively protected) from splashes of water and slip. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Looking For A New Clay Body

    I emailed Standard but have gotten no reply as yet. Highwater will send me a free sample of Little Loafers if I pay for the shipping (as soon as they have some more mixed), which I will do. I think I know of someone I can ask about Sheffield. The hunt continues...
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