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Oops - I Added Too Much Sodium Silicate To My Slip

28 October 2014 - 04:52 PM

Trying to mix some slip using slop and chunks from a recycling bucket and added too much sodium silicate - is there an easy way to thicken the slip up?  Right now it is like skim milk.


This is one of those times when I added more than intended and now I know why I should proceed slowly.

Firing Down

06 October 2014 - 07:04 PM

Temps are cooling here in MN and this Fall and maybe winter, I'd like to continue to fire my gas kiln.  I have an Olympic Torchbearer firing on LP and to Cone 10.  I can control a slow heating up when the kiln is cold in the AM but am wondering how, after reaching temp,  I go about slowing the cooling (and for how long) in a proper way so that glazes do not bubble from rapid cooling and pieces do not crack from shock.  My kiln is in an enclosed shed but the only heat there is from the kiln.  I don't want to damage my kiln or pottery just for a firing or 2 in the winter.  On a usual warm weather firing, I can unload the kiln about 36 hours after firing is completed.


I appreciate your sharing of knowledge.

How To Soften (Liquify) Sodium Silicate

06 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

Decided to make some more slip and when I went to use my sodium silicate I found that it has 'set' in my jar, like jelly, but stiffer.  I can poke holes in it but it is not at all 'liquidy'.  Is there a way to breathe life back into it?  Since I do not use it too often might there be a better choice for defloculation that has a longer shelf life?


Once again I turn to the Forum Font of Knowledge ....THANKS!



Dvd Vs. Book

18 March 2014 - 06:31 PM

Hi All,


I enjoy all the info given in the CAD daily emails and enjoy watching the included video clips but I am 'old-school' and enjoy my books - the feel of the paper in my hands.  As much as I love the info shared in the videos, promoting the DVDs, I cannot bring myself to purchase a DVD (at $40-60) since I would have to use a DVD player each time I needed its info.  I would in a flash purchase many of the books about the same info.  At this point when I see a book to buy, I need to 'check my library' to see if it is a new book to me...and I am not into Kindles either.  Am I a lone dinosaur or are there others out there who feel the same way I do?




(Hope this is posted in the proper forum.)