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Member Since 08 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 21 2015 10:03 AM

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Standard 266 ?

03 November 2015 - 06:54 AM

I got a couple of boxes of this ,looking for a dark brown clay. It is rated cone 4-6. The suppliers said it might bloat at hot 6. He said dark clays were more likely to do this.
Do you use Standard 266 and what is your experience ?

Replacing Thermocouple Changes Firing?

31 October 2015 - 06:44 PM

I have replaced the thermocouple several times in the 8 years I have had my Skutt 1027.  this last replacement, the kiln fired about 1/2 cone cooler. Never happened before. (Elements and relays are fairly new, a few firings on them. ) Any ideas why?

First Time To Make Jewelry, Need Advice!

21 October 2015 - 08:39 AM

My students are asking for an opportunity to make some pendants type things for Christmas gifts.  I don't have a bead tree or anything to hang the pieces when glaze firing.  What can we do to the backs of the pendants that will keep them from being 'necked clay' but still allow them to lay flat for firing?  I am OK with putting these small pieces on cookies to keep the edges up off the kiln shelf, but want a way to add color to the backs.

Any suggestions?  I have a large collection of underglazes and various oxides to make 'stuff' with.

Cutting Dies From Plastic, Need Advice

27 August 2015 - 07:29 AM

Have you had any luck cutting extruder dies from salvaged plastic cutting boards?  I have seen some used on You Tube, but my efforts to cut the ones I've been collecting aren't going anywhere. The plastic is melting back together behind the saw, yes, I have tried lube and cutting slower, didn't help.  Other times I have had the materials crack. 

Mc6 Varigated Blue

25 August 2015 - 09:57 AM

Are you using this glaze from MC6 ?  I do and it always looks dull and where it is thin, an ugly dark gray, not what the book shows. On white clay it is better, but not the color the book shows.  Other glazes from that book I get good results with..  I do a slow cool  and have tried it on several different clays. How does yours look and what could I do to get the true color?