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What Is Fettling?

30 November 2013 - 07:09 PM

I've searched online, but can't seem to get a straight answer on how to fettle.  Specifically, I'm trying to take off some of the glaze that may be too thick in areas.  I've been using my fingers to smooth out the drips.  Also, do you need to smooth out every little pinhole of dry glaze before I glaze fire? I typically dip in one color, then dip in a different color. Sometime little "pinholes" pop up... probably where it's too thick.  Thanks everyone... I love the help!!

What Kind Of Grinder For The Bottom Of My Pot?

28 November 2013 - 10:29 PM

I'm interested in purchasing a grinder for the bottom of my pots.  Do I get a side grinder, or is there something out there that lies flat that I can just hold my pot over?  I'd like to make the bottom very smooth so they don't scratch a glass table.  Thanks for any advice... Happy Thanksgiving! 

Should I Turn Off My Vent?

28 November 2013 - 10:09 PM

I've been glaze firing to cone 6 with a 17 minute hold at the highest temp.  I have been turning of the vent (of my Skutt with KilnMaster) after the 17 min hold.  Should I leave the vent on until it cools down to 100 degrees? I was thinking that by turning of the vent it would slow down the cooling.  I like my results, but it takes SO long to cool down with out the vent on.  Thanks for your help!!



I'm Getting Pinholes In My Glaze

24 November 2013 - 03:03 PM

One of my favorite cone 7 glazes is consistently getting pinholes.  I hold for 17 min at the highest temp.  I tried a little longer and shorter hold, but that doesn't make a difference.  I've tried to apply a very thin coat, but still pinholes.  Also, I turn off the vent after it hits the final temp... to slow down cooling.  Does that do anything, or am I just wasting time waiting to turn off the vent?  I use a Skutt Kilnmaster without any special schedule other than the the hold.  I would LOVE and words of wisdom!!  


Thanks a bunch!!------- Margie

How Long Should I "hold" My Skutt Kiln, While At The Highest Temp?

06 October 2013 - 10:12 PM

I have a Skutt with a kiln master controller. I've been firing to cone 6, but my cone (which I stick on my bottom shelf) is not bending to the correct angle. I think my glazes are not firing to their full potential. I'd like to make the kiln hold at the highest temp, but not sure how long. I read somewhere 20 min, but that seems like a long time. I have a bunch of test tiles and don't want to waste them...
Thanks a bunch!