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Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

26 August 2015 - 09:57 PM

I finally got around to trying out my own version of Marks wonderful thrown sponge holders. I used my extruder to create the walls and a slab for the base. I did two slightly different versions. The one on the left in each picture I cut the walls all the way to the base, it seemed kind of floppy and unstable, but might firm up ok once drier. The one on the right in each picture I left about a half inch lip connecting the walls, it seems a bit more stable. Not sure if I am going to need to curve the corners of the walls a bit or if the whole thing is going to warp when fired. I guess I'll see won't I!

These are still in the wet stage and have them wrapped up overnight, in the morning I will unwrap and loosely drape and start the drying process. I am not going to decorate or do anything special with these as I don't want to invest too much in what could very well be a flawed design. If they both survive the kiln I will decide which I like the look of better and use that as my pattern from here on. Once that's decided I can have some fun with the decorating and texturing like I like to do.

Pencil Boxes With Laser Transfer Images On Them

25 August 2015 - 04:55 PM

I have frequently mentioned my pencil boxes on the forum and have been meaning to post a picture of what exactly they are. I also added this picture as well as a picture of some of my trinket boxes and one of a couple medium boxes I had sitting around to my gallery. The pencil boxes also work as makeup brush, toothbrush, paintbrush or even silverware holders.

The pencil boxes are big sellers and super fast to make, I sell them for $10-15 depending on the design. A wrap design costs more and a design with handcolored elements costs even more. I have timed myself making these and I only handle each box for about 15 minutes total for the basic model. They are small enough to fit in a priority mail cube shaped box and ship for around $8 each.

I extrude the walls and slab roll the bottoms. Outsides are glazed a simple white and I limit the interior colors to either white, red, blue, or brown. They measure approximately 4 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide.

There is nothing fancy or super creative about these little open top boxes but people love to buy them for themselves as well as for gifts.


oldlady - I FINALLY remembered!

Kiln Controller V6-Cf Series 700 Issue What Happened How Do I Figure This Out?

19 July 2015 - 09:36 AM

Basic setup and operations details:
KILN: Olympic 1823HE (high fire UP TO CONE 10) stackable kiln 2 years and 2 months old, bought new
CONTROLLER: V6-CF Series 700
50amp breaker with professionally installed electrical conduit and shut off switch
Plugged into outlet not hard wired

Kiln has been fired 83 times:
39 cone 04 slow bisque
41 cone 6 slow glaze
3 transfer only firings of cone 04 on fast glaze setting
Glaze fire is done using the basic Slow Glaze setting on the controller no special programming
Glaze firing takes between 7 hour 40 minutes and 8 hour 10 minutes, this one says it took 7 hour 55 minutes. Time variances are known that they are due to the load being fired

Controller temperature usual reads between for a cone 6 glaze firing usually reads between 2235 and 2237. It says this time it got to 2237

The issue that occurred:
I had something weird happen last night/early this morning with my v6-cf series 700 controller.
I started a Cone 6 Slow Glaze firing last night at 5:30pm. It almost always takes around 8 hours to fire so it should end around 1:30am. I usually stay up and monitor it on my camera that I have focused on it so I know everything is going ok. Well last night I fell asleep around midnight and when I woke up at 4:30am I checked the camera and saw no red readout from my digital controller screen.

I went down and checked it out as this has never happened before. I made sure the power button was still on for the controller and it was so I cycled it off then back on and still no red power light or red digital readout on my controller screen. I checked the breakers and nothing was thrown and I did not cycle the breakers off and on just looked at their positions.
For my set up the breakers run as such:
Main breaker panel for the top 2 floors of the house with a subpages breaker leading to a sub panel
Sub panel runs the studio level including the kiln.
I checked the kiln breaker here as well and it was not thrown either
From the sub panel I have a specially professionally wired emergency on off throw lever type switch which the kiln power runs through. I had this installed for the kiln so I can cut power to it when not in use as well as having an emergency power shut off seperated from the sub panel in case something should go wrong and I need to immediately cut power to the kiln.
From this throw off switch, the power goes to the dedicated outlet where the kiln is plugged in.
The power cord runs from there to the kiln body itself

While I was standing at the breaker panel checking the breakers I heard a sound behind me (sort of like the sound you here when you start up your kiln and the switches click on but not quite and more of a buzz sound to it than the normal sharp click) I walked back to the front of the kiln and the red power light and digital panel were both on and working. There were no more sounds so it was not actually running through a cycle even though I had heard a sound a moment before. Only the power to the controller came on the kiln did not start firing again.

The digital read out says the firing cycle completed successfully. I ran through the review steps and there are no error messages showing. I read in my kiln manual all the error situations listed and none of them fit. The controller says everything fired properly but if it did why was the controller not on nor did it come on right away when I cycled the switch? How do I figure out what the issue is?

Finally the kiln is still cooling so I have no idea if it actually fired normally or not, even if the controller says it did. I won't know that until later this evening when I open and look at the pieces as well as pulling the cone I have in there to see if it's bent properly.

Suggestions where to start, what to check, etc???


Magic Box Damp Box What A Type Of Plaster?

11 June 2015 - 10:42 PM

I have searched here and watched the Tim See video and haven't found which type of plaster to use. He just says plaster but not what type in his video. Would Plaster of Paris work for the magic box or do I need to use pottery plaster?


Epic Failure - Glaze Looks Boiled Where It Meets Another Glaze

27 May 2015 - 05:03 PM

I had my first WHOLE kiln load fail today. This has never happened to me before. I used a new glaze combination that I had tested and it worked fine on the test pieces but not today.
It is Amaco's HF Turquoise cone 6 and Coyotes cone 6 Sunset Pink.

The things to figure out...

Is the turquiose overfired? I am leaning towards overfired at this point but would like some input from you all. If overfired can I grind off the boiled rows and reglaze and refire at a lower cone? I realize this might affect the other glaze and all that but I am looking at it from a test to see what happens if I try it.

Are the turquoise and pink incompatible? If so why did it not do this on the test pieces?

Why does it look like its too thin ... That's 3 coats of glaze on there same as I did on the test pieces and yet it's practically vanished in spots.

Oh and I don't like failure and am not used to it so this is going to drive me crazy until I figure it out.