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Raising The Dead

23 July 2015 - 05:32 PM

Years ago, when I was still relatively new to the forum, I asked about getting my kiln up and running.  I got some good responses/ advice, but never too it much further than that.


Sooooo, here I am, a couple years older, and ready to go.  Some of it has to do, with me finally getting the "OK" from my insurance provider.  


This time, I'm including some pictures of what I'm working with.  I have the tag, a general exterior shot, the control panel, the plug and the interior.


So basically, I'd like to know, what I need to do, in order to get this up and running.  I do still need to run a line, to the location.  The breaker box, for my house is about twenty to thirty feet away.  I do have a small sub panel in the studio space, as the previous owner had a wood shop set up in there.  He has some "Small 220" outlets, that he had for his larger equipment.  I would have no issue possibly using a couple of those.  I have nothing I'd ever use them for otherwise.  Because that sub panel is a whole four feet away from the kiln.  Though, to properly run the line, it would be longer, to run the wire along the wall and such.  But still, better than twenty to thirty feet.


The plug end, is just ridiculous, and I'd like to replace it.  Though I could also hard wire it into the panel, which I know is many times recommended, to avoid plug corrosion and potential fire.


I noted in the picture of the control panel, that the top and middle ring connections, do not fit together all the way.  How can I remedy that?


The elements look in fairly good shape.  No breaks or sagging, as far as I can tell.  


The brick is in OK shape.  Some chunks missing, either from rough loading/ unloading, or possibly element replacement.  As I noted in the interior shot, the big chunks of brick sitting on the bottom, are not from the wall bricks.  They just came with the kiln.


The kiln bottom looks good.  It has some small cracks, but no different than most other, used, kilns I've seen.


I do believe this kiln, at one time, had an Envirovent connected.  Sadly that didn't come with it, but I received a folder with a lot of the kiln info, and it had vent info with it.  There are also some holes drilled in the kiln floor and lid.  And if that wasn't enough evidence, it has a sticker on the metal of the lid, that says "Envirovent"...


I think that's about it.  I should note, that I plan to fire to cone 6 in this.


Any help, suggestion will be appreciated.


Clay Bin Dolly

22 June 2015 - 04:53 PM

In my classroom, I use a large Rubbermaid "Brute" container, to hold our reclaimed clay.  I bought a dolly with it, made by Rubbermaid, that is made to fit those types of containers.  I bought both from my ceramic supplier, several years ago, and they held up the first couple years.  Last year however, the dolly gave out.  I discovered this, when I went into my classroom, and the clay bin was laying on its side.  I had taken all the clay out of the bin, a couple weeks before, and rewedged it all to mix it.  I threw it back in the bin.  I weighed it out as I went, to figure out how much clay the bin holds.  I totaled conservatively 500lbs., and the bin wasn't even full.  Turns out, the dolly is only rated for 350lbs....  I assumed, that a bin and dolly sold from a ceramic supplier, would be able to take the weight of the max amount of clay, the bin could hold.  Obviously, I shouldn't make such assumptions.


Anyway, last year, the bin sat on the floor, stationary.  All year, I was planning on building a dolly myself, out of some heavy duty casters, and lumber.  I never got around to it, last year.  So I was going to have it be a Summer project.  However, in my search for some casters, I found a dolly online.  It's made from a rubber coated fiberboard.  It says it can hold 800 lbs.  I don't doubt that it can, but as it seems to be made for moving large items, I question whether it can continually carry the weight?  I realize there is a difference, between holding something for a short while, and holding something indefinitely.


What does everyone think?  Will it be able to hold, around 500 lbs, on a fairly consistent basis?

Brent Wheel Chirpping

27 February 2015 - 04:04 PM

I've been meaning to ask this question for a while, and now a dedicated place to do so!

Lately, my Brent ie wheel, makes a chirping sound, after it's been running a while. Any ideas, as to the cause, and how to address it?

Also FIRST!!!!!

Great Video On Decorating

02 February 2015 - 10:59 PM

Someone posted a video, of the first potter, before.  But this link contains several more, all displaying amazing skill:


Dying Clear Glaze

21 December 2014 - 12:28 PM

Is it possible to add food coloring, or something of the like, to clear glaze, to make its application more apparent?


For years, I used Amaco's transparent clear glaze.  It was Pepto Bismol pink.  It made applying easy, because you could tell, where you had already covered.  

Last year I ordered more of the same glaze, but it's no longer pink.  It dries kind of an off-white.  It works just as well as the other, but it is hard to tell, where you've applied it, especially if you are going over a white underglaze.  I discovered this recently, when I was doing just that.  I pulled a piece out of the kiln, and saw a bunch of dull spots, that I missed.  Because of that, I missed the mailing deadline, for a gift I was sending, because I had to reapply and refire.  Not a huge deal, but I don't want to have the issue again.


So can I add any color of dye to the clear, and be OK.  Won't it just burn out, like it does out of my colored wax resist and such?