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#21 JBaymore

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

What Neil said!

 

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#22 Teresa Moran

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

OK . SO can I bake a enamel paints onto heat tolerant surfaces in my kiln? I use currently do this in my oven, but the black mailboxes I paint on are smelly and also they leave a foggy film on themselves which does not happen on the white boxes, they come out shiny. My hubby would love if I could do these inn my kiln instead of the oven. is it possible to simply hold the temp at 350 for at least 30 minutes? I have the V6-CF Bartlett controller on my electric kiln and am a newbie. if it is possible, would I have to worry about the smokey film that is very hard to clean off the boxes also affecting my elements or walls? My intuition says yes it would be a potential problem..



#23 Teresa Moran

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:35 PM

Thanks.. I see he said "Go for it", but separately he said food vapors? could affect things, so I m not sure if the slight fogging/ film issue is what you mean that maybe that could linger in the kiln and then be released back onto my pottery later? 

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#24 neilestrick

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:41 PM

If your kiln is vented it should be okay. Only one way to find out for sure.....


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#25 Teresa Moran

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:04 PM

thanks guys!



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

and yes it does, that makes sense, that the venting should help! I like that



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:13 PM

in addition to you kiln thermocouple, I would put an oven thermometer on the shelf along side the mail box.  Lift the lid occasionally and check the temperature

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 02:28 PM

then open the kiln to check your hotmail  ;) (sorry, my bad)


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#29 Teresa Moran

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:04 PM

one more thing...would I do it as just preheat to 350 then a hold of 30 minutes? 



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:23 PM

Just do a ramp/hold with 1 segment, rate of 300/hr to 350, and a hold of 30 minutes. You may want to try it empty first to see if it overshoots on the initial ramp. Sometimes they do that went ramping really fast at low temps. The other option is to get it to temp, then put the mailbox in. I recommend turning off the kiln while loading the mailbox and then restarting it for the ramp cycle, so you don't accidentally contact a live element.


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#31 Teresa Moran

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:44 PM

thanks for your advice, ill have to read more of the manual for that, I've only had 3 bisque and two glaze firings so far and only had to program for those simple choice settings (slow bisque with preheat, and a slow glaze...the rest is still a bit overwhelming for me, but thats what the manual is for, and I suppose my brain, so this too I can learn!! 

 

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#32 Teresa Moran

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:49 PM

and OMG...I just got, (meaning comprehended) the HOTMAIL comment by MIN: I thought it was a type-0!  this is the same brain that has to try absorb all of this!!!  






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