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Burning paper/cloth in electric kiln?

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I have seen a technique involving embedding paper and cloth to create textured surfaces and curious if it is harmful to do this in an electric kiln. I have a vent but not sure how much smoke it will create or bad for the elements or if it might gum up the soft brick or something?

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It's not great for the elements, but just how bad it is will depend on a lot of factors, so you'd have to try it and see if it affects your element life enough to make it a deal breaker. The paper will burn early in the firing, so by the time the bisque is done, everything will be burned out completely. Small amounts of combustible won't be a problem, but a kiln full of pieces that are full of paper will overload a downdraft vent. I've had many call from schools claiming that their vent is broken, only to find that every piece in the kiln is built on a paper armature.

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