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Kiln Controller Advise

22 June 2015 - 04:31 PM

I want to build a multi-zone kiln controller. I have looked at the Omega CN616 CT1 and the CN8241 series. The price was around $350. I also thought of buying multiple 1-zone cheap controllers and making 1 controller per zone.

What controller do you like?


Idea For A "hall Of Fame" Catagory...

13 June 2015 - 10:58 AM

When I find a thread that I really like, I tap the "follow this topic" box in the upper right corner of the page. This way I can find them quickly.

But there are many great threads in the archives I have missed or not reviewed yet......So, I want to suggest a HALL OF FAME catagory where these great thread could be compiled for more easy review. For example earlier this week a new thread started on the topic of warm strontium crystal glaze. I remembered and reviewed the thread " Steven Hill's firing schedule for bisque." I think this tread could be one of the threads in the hall of fame.

Comments, suggestion? Perhaps this already exists and I just have not found it yet. If so, please teach me.


This Old House...gingerbread Style

06 June 2015 - 01:01 AM

I thought I would give people a view of my gingerbread church.  The tile are all on. I have spent the last two days making 10  1.5" x 4.5" stained glass panels and two 2.5" round window panels.  I have to put the lights in the sucker and finish out the ground.   I'm slow at it.  I have transferred the church onto a 30" x 26" piece of maple plywood.   The thing weighs about 35 lbs.  Next time I'm going smaller.



I'd appreciate suggestions on how to dress it up.




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Homemade Decal Medium Questions

31 May 2015 - 01:09 AM

I found an article about tape casting.  It talks of making a medium of 80% Elmer's glue + 20% glycerin; then adding a low fire glaze. The recipe for the glaze was:


Neph sy.................8.32%






The Elmer's/glycerin(E/G) medium was added to the glaze in the ratio of 62.96% E/G to 37.04% glaze.  It was spread thin on Mylar sheets and allowed to dry.  It was removed from the Mylar and used as a decal medium. It was moistened and applied to bisque ware or used as an overglaze.


This sounds really intriguing.  I can imagine that the this could be used like polymer clay to make canes in addition cut outs.


I am sure someone here has used this type of technique.   Please teach me about these possibilities, share your experiences and expertise.




Help With My Nuka Glaze

29 March 2015 - 08:56 PM

Ok, I've been working on getting a cone 6 Nuka glaze. Here is what I have:

Rice hull ash. 31.2
Hardwood ash (walnut). 31.2
Custard feldspar. 23.1
Frit 3124. 12.0
Bentonite. 2.5

Can someone with Insight run this formula and see if I'm even in the ballpark for cone 6? I have a lot of melt failures so far at this cone.

Please help