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In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

30 August 2014 - 05:28 AM

I use those canvas bags that they give for freebies at so many functions.  They come in all sizes and have handles.  Hang outside and in a few days the clay just peels off the canvas.  I let it dry enough then  wedge and wedge and wedge...you know the drill.

In Topic: Cone Breaking During Firing?

28 August 2014 - 04:14 PM

Thanks for the replies but I don't quite understand what you are saying.  The kiln sitter bar cone did not bend at all.  it was perfectly broken in two pieces. And still in the kiln sitter.  And everything is underfired.   I have stored the box in the garage which it has been humid here in TN. 

Talked to Orton and they said a good test for cone stability is to hold it with thumb and index finger of each hand and tug lightly.  Sure enough about 8 more broke.  The rest seemed solid.  Good to know.  I think I'm going to refire the whole load since anything I touched up with glaze show crazing pattern through the glaze even if I couldn't see it.



In Topic: Cone Breaking During Firing?

28 August 2014 - 05:05 AM

Help  I have a Cress kiln sitter and glaze fired for the 7th time.  I knew it shut off about a half hour early but thought it knows what it is doing.  Well everything is way underfired and the cone had broken into two pieces ...no bend at all.  I never really looked into the box of cone 6 cones until now and  I found 5 more that are broken in the Orton box. I bought these new about a year ago.  I never dropped or roughly handled the box.  Would you trust this box of cones....??

I was just building up some confidence in pottery and now this. I had some really weird surfaces.  Some crawling, layered glazes with under layer peeling away and of course just plain old dry sandy surfaces.  I am going to try to refire.  Some ideas on methods??

In Topic: Rewiring For Kiln Costs?

25 August 2014 - 11:38 AM

I just happened to have a 70amp circuit (I think previous owner had some power tools).  I have an old box.  Electrician  said to replace with a 30 amp   breaker into old box  was expensive... so the great electrician wired out of the old 70 amp into new box with new 30amp and new 240 plug(much cheaper).  Only charged me $115 total.  I was setting kiln up right by breaker box.  I think I got lucky.  I'm on my 7th glaze firing today and will be having Xmas tomorrow.   Gotta love this pottery thing.