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#1 josephinebeads8



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 11:28 AM

I have 4 bead trees that have cracked and I am hoping that someone knows if there is a material I can use to make them functional again?


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#2 Denice


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 01:28 PM

You need to post a photo of them to show where the cracks are.  Denice

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 02:37 PM

Use posts instead. Or replace it.


Repairing refractory materials does not really work.

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#4 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 02:52 PM

you could try Sairset refractory cement. I am getting a pint to repair one of my kiln lips and the top layer of bricks. they had a tough trip from texas. it is $10 at Archie Bray for the smallest quantity , a pint.Call and ask them what they think or google the product.

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#5 oldlady


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 03:43 PM

saw a wonderful idea on pinterest.  fold a slab into 3 like folding a letter to fit into an envelope.  but hold the sides at 90 degrees from the bottom.  poke holes in the sides so you can run your bead wire through the holes on both sides to hold the beads.


that was a busy day and the brain was tired.  the shape of the slab is a big U.  the holes were placed in the upright part and were all over so different sized beads could be fit anywhere.  the U looked about 4 inches wide with about a 6 inch bottom of the U.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 06:05 PM

You can't mortar together refractories like bead trees or kiln posts. Get new ones or make your own.


Used kiln bricks are also difficult to mortar back together. New bricks are easier to get a good bond. Marcia, the best I've found for repairing old bricks is the phosphate cement that L&L sells. This isn't just a plug for L&L, I've actually had way better luck with it than typical refractory mortars, of which I've tried several. There's a reason they put it in their repair kits. It isn't cheap, but it works.

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#7 Pugaboo


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 09:21 PM

I make my own out of my regular LL clay and they have so far lasted through many many firings. It's way cheaper and I can custom make them in a size and shape to meet my needs. This is what I would do rather than risk a repair failing.

Think I posted pictures of mine on here at one point in the past.

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