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In Topic: Kiln Firing Time/time To Replace Elements?

29 September 2014 - 03:40 PM

123pop, I had a similar problem that turned out to be the top switch had failed. My kiln has a pilot light that lights when the elements are powered.  It would light up with the bottom and middle switch on, but not the top switch.  Replaced the top switch and it was back to business as usual.



In Topic: Mason Stains As A Wash

15 September 2014 - 01:45 PM

I have use my clay body (B-mix in this instance) and Mason stain thinned to a slip to highlight detail in bisque fired pieces, painted on underglaze (Amaco Velvets) to color certain elements, and covered the whole with clear glaze and fired them.   I also make and uses washes on bisque similarly.



In Topic: What Is The Most Challenging Aspect Of Working With Clay?

15 September 2014 - 01:40 PM

Patience!  As a part-timer, I rarely have the opportunity to make a large number of similar objects and wait for them to dry to be suitable for bisque, so I am always rushing things through to fill a kiln, sometimes with predictable missteps and losses. Then after firing a load of bisque, the glazing well, versus glazing quickly, dilemma arises.  For a time, I tried going the once fire route, but that has its own hazards and issues.



In Topic: Kiln Blankets?

15 September 2014 - 01:14 PM

I didn't see a temperature rating, but the description sounded odd for a product made to fire clay beads.  I was reading the reviews and noticed that it is for polymer metal clay. Wrong kind of clay, the blanket is for precious metal clay.  That's the trouble with calling things clay that are not silica based clay; too easy to misunderstand for the less experienced. 


It looks like the PMC fires to 1,650 F.  Some earth clay products also fire to 1,650 F. somewhere around Cone 010, but typically earth clay fires higher than that.  If you were to glaze and fire beads using the blanket I believe you might end up melting the blanket and beads together. 





In Topic: How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

01 September 2014 - 10:57 AM

wow, john!  don't forget windows.  


tom, heated floors are the very best!


14 years without windows sounds like a sentence!  what did you do! :)

Oh yes, so many years in the basement without windows, I didn't even think of that. Working without windows keeps you focused on the work at hand.  My new space has windows looking out into a forest, but the windows are under a deck.  I am hoping having the furnace in the basement will keep the place above freezing, if not in the 50-60s in the winter like my basement now.