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Electric Kiln Top Rim Coating?

05 May 2015 - 06:34 PM

Wondering if anyone uses coatings to help protect the top rim of soft brick in their electric kilns?  


Lately I've been having lots of abrasion wear on top rim of my kilns for some reason, not sure if it's careless loaders or short people, haha.  Was considering using a coating of some sort, to help resist the wear a little bit, since I just replaced a lot of brick several months ago.  Not sure what coating would be ideal in this location - thinned kiln mortar/cement, ITC coating, kiln wash, the fancy colloidal silica recipe mentioned in this forum, etc are what come to mind.  I have seen people make fancy plywood jigs that protect the kiln when loading - perhaps I'll make some, but I still want to know about coatings.


Best Heavy-Duty Banding Wheel Currently Available?

11 September 2014 - 06:12 PM

Was wondering if anyone knows which is going to be the best and longest-lasting banding wheel available right now?


I'm looking for 10-12" wheel head, with maybe 4" rise.  They need to be heavy-duty and hold up to undergraduate abuse with heavy sculpture on them (maybe 50-100#+)

So far, the Shimpo units seem to be the better-built ones on the market, but maybe there's others?



If there's nothing on the market that fits these requirements - anyone made a banding wheel using the rear wheel hub/bearing assembly from a FWD vehicle? I think I even came across it on the net many years back (that's where I got the idea i guess), just haven't found the right hub assembly that's flat on both sides for mounting to steel plate.