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Chantay

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Putting My Kiln Into A Rental

13 October 2014 - 09:25 AM

I am having to move into a rental house for about a year.  I am going to talk to the land lord this week.  what would be the best way to talk about the kiln.   I think the hardest part is telling them they need to call their insurance company and notify them of it.  I will be getting renter's insurance along with paying an electrician to come out and put in wiring and a outlet.  I'm just really nervous about this.  The rental market is very tight here and this is only the second house suitable to come along in 6 months.  I miss out on the first one by not turning in the rental application fast enough.

 

 

 

 


Sieving Glaze Results

02 October 2014 - 08:58 AM

I was mixing up some small amounts of glazes to test.  I used this recipe:

 

Honey #1

Spodumene     75

Flint                  50

Gerstley Borate 35

Talc                   32.5

Dolomite           17.5

EPK                  12.5

Rutile                 15.

 

I know it doesn't  add to 100.  Friend gave me the recipe  but I can't contact her to ask questions.  I know she used it frequently. 

 

My question is, after mixing I sieved using an 80 mesh screen.  About half of the Spodumen didn't pass through the screen.  Is this due to a defect of the spodumene?  I had let is sit for two days mixed up so it was well saturated.  I put the contents of the sieve back in the container for now.  Should I just use it unsieved?

 

 


Making Cone Packs

15 September 2014 - 07:57 AM

I have never read or been told how to make cone packs.  I have seen others and copied as best I can.  Most of the time the clay the cones are in crack in the firing, sometimes coming apart.  I had a near disaster last glaze firing.  The pack had broke apart and one cone had leaned precariously close to a bowl.  So I would like some instructions on what to use to make the pack, when and how to make it. 

 

Many thanks to all.

 


200 Year Old Bottle Found In Ship Wreck

15 July 2014 - 10:03 AM

The story itself is not unusual.  The condition of the bottle is amazing.

 

http://www.theblaze....d-still-corked/

 

 


Can Clay Thickness Affect The Glaze?

05 May 2014 - 01:18 AM

If learning from your mistakes makes you smarter then I should be a genius by next week. So my last kiln load was a disaster. Over half the stuff went in the trash. Kiln over fired again. Not sure why this time. A new problem was some of the glazes were very thin. I had even taken some water off the tops of the buckets. I was thinking this may be normal for glazes that have sat awhile? Change in air temp? Studio fairies jacking with me?  Another idea is 1. I switched to new clay, it needs thicker glaze? 2. I'm throwing thinner with said clay, so it's soaking up less glaze? 

 

Any and all wisdom, even snappy comments, are welcomed.