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Benzine

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Fired a class load last week. Had a larger student sculpture that had been drying for weeks. Had a slow bisque fire program. Everything was going well, until the kiln got around 1000 F. Felt steam coming out of the peep... It was like the engine room scene from Titanic. FULL STOP!!!
Nov 22 2016 09:53 AM
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    bciskepottery
    Scotty would have pushed her to Warp 12 and held on for dear life.
    Nov 22 2016 08:24 PM
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    Benzine
    Yep, it survived. After shutting off the kiln, I kept checking the peep for moisture. When none was detectable, I started it back up. No issues. There were no spots over 1/2" thick.
    Nov 22 2016 08:47 PM
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    Pres
    Good job on the steam check. I always use the hand at the peep hole to check for moisture during bisque, and glaze firings.
    Nov 23 2016 09:13 AM
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Random thought, what would happen, if a Raku piece were put in a container of cooking oil as a means of reduction?...
Nov 06 2016 11:03 PM
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    Benzine
    I did a firing last night, and gave it a shot, with some pre-testing and precautions. It was SPECTACULAR-ly disappointing... The oil barely burned. Definitely no explosions and sizzled like bacon hitting a hot skillet. No real splatter to speak of. I've had worse from throwing frozen veggies into a skillet.
    Nov 10 2016 11:37 AM
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    GiselleNo5
    LOL Well that's good to know!!

    Nov 10 2016 02:32 PM
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    Benzine
    Yeah, not dangerous, but also not worth the time. I thought the oil would burn, and give some nice carbon effects. It really didn't. And since the glaze went from the oxidation of the kiln, to an environment that provided neither oxygen or carbon, the glaze didn't really change. It doesn't look bad, just nothing amazing.
    Nov 11 2016 09:42 AM
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Did a Raku firing last night with some test tiles for my Art Club firing this week. Also used a pumpkin as a reduction chamber for a ceramic pumpkin... Yes, clever I know...
Oct 30 2016 08:37 AM
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    Marcia Selsor
    ''Tis the season

    Oct 31 2016 12:12 AM
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    Marcia Selsor
    ''Tis the season

    Oct 31 2016 12:12 AM
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    Benzine
    Babs, I tried something similar a couple years ago, but scooped out the "guts" first, and dried the pumpkin a bit. Some interesting results. This time, I just cut the top off the pumpkin, and put the hot ware directly into the pumpkin guts, seeds and all. The pumpkin top seals nicely to keep the air out. Pretty interesting result. I'll post photos later.
    Nov 01 2016 08:26 AM
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Got some cement board, to replace the canvases in my classroom. Good Lord is that stuff heavy!
Oct 16 2016 09:22 AM
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    ChenowethArts
    Yes...but it works great! :)
    Oct 17 2016 08:41 AM
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    Benzine
    I am attaching shelf liner to the backs, so they don't skid, and so that the students only know to use on side. Hopefully they work as well as I plan...
    Oct 17 2016 09:47 PM
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    glazenerd
    I used a few stainless screws to set mine: just enough to hold it it place.
    Oct 18 2016 05:05 PM
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Benzine

I was pouring glaze over the outside of some little tumblers the other day. I used a small sour cream container lid to shield the bottom from glaze. Worked pretty well.
Aug 20 2016 08:06 PM
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    Roberta12
    did you simply place the lid over the bottom of the tumbler? Then pour?
    Aug 21 2016 10:04 AM
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    Benzine
    Yes indeed. I didn't want to bother waxing them, or spend the time wiping off the excess. I saw a lid sitting there, and I gave it a shot. If I wanted the end of the glaze to be further up, I would scoot the lid further to the side I was pouring on.
    Aug 21 2016 03:53 PM
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    Diesel Clay
    Why not just dip upside down? Were you using a different liner glaze?
    Aug 22 2016 05:17 PM
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Did a Raku firing with my departing Art Club Seniors. For reduction, we used their old notes, papers and tests. Fun was had, minus the heat and humidity...
Jun 22 2016 08:13 PM
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    Marcia Selsor
    I need to bisque and raku fire but the heat is forbidding.

    Jun 23 2016 06:50 AM
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    Benzine
    Yeah, your heat is definitely worse that it is here. Walking outside yesterday, was like jumping into a pool. Instantly drenched.
    Jun 23 2016 01:39 PM
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Came across a video on YouTube of a "Ceramics Throw Down" show on the BBC. Here's hoping they bring that one to the US too. Link for those interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye4NT_j1d2U
Jun 17 2016 08:40 PM
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For anyone in the Tennessee area, there is a Walker pugmill on Govdeals.com for sale.
Jun 02 2016 08:09 PM
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So I was looking to make some "Score No More", and it call for dry gum powder. Will CMC Gum, or Veegum work?
May 12 2016 08:35 AM
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    Babs
    so Benzine is score no more different from the magic water?
    May 13 2016 09:19 PM
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    Babs
    The gum in the recipe by Old Lady is Gum Arabic, can't see why CMC won't work
    May 13 2016 09:28 PM
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    Benzine
    Babs. Score No More is Gum, Custer Feldspar and the clay body. So it's more of modified slip. Whereas the magic water is mainly water with the soda ash and sodium silicate.
    May 14 2016 12:27 PM
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Mudtools Do All Trim Tool, where you have you been all my life? Loop tool, we've had a great run, and I promise I'll call you when I need to do some sculpting...
Apr 21 2016 08:53 PM
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    Benzine
    I've been making stuff, just to trim it...
    Apr 22 2016 07:33 PM
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    Joseph F
    Don't forget to use the shovel smooth side to burnish in an instant. I used that tool for over a year. its a great tool. I just wish I could have sharpened it easier and I would still be using it.
    Apr 26 2016 07:38 PM
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    Min
    Joseph, so you would not recommend it since it's difficult to sharpen? (i was thinking of ordering one)
    Apr 27 2016 01:57 PM