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In Topic: Defective Amaco Wax Resist?

27 July 2014 - 09:51 PM

Thank you guys. Good suggestions.


Chris, I'm definitely going to try playing with it. My gut feeling was that the wax settles in globules due to oversaturation. In this case more solvent would help. But since this is an emulsion rather than a simple solution, as you rightfully noted, I may need to approach it differently. Thank you.

In Topic: Defective Amaco Wax Resist?

25 July 2014 - 02:05 PM

OK, after five calls to Amaco and leaving messages and reminders, I finally got their "technical support". They don't know how their suppliers store their products, therefore, I'd need to order from Amaco directly to make sure the product is fresh and works as advertized. And no, they're not going to replace the defective product.


Well, next time I order anything, I'll try to avoid Amaco whenever possible.

In Topic: Firing Schedules

13 July 2014 - 11:53 PM

Here is my schedule to fire to Cone 5 1/2


Rate (F/hour)   Temperature(F)  Hold (min)


100                   220                     0

350                   2000                   0

150                   2127                   15

9999                 1900                    0

125                   1400                    0


Note that the value 9999 produces free temperature fall


This schedule was, mainly, based on Hesselberth's suggestions ("Glaze Firing to Cone 6"). However, I needed to play with the pick temperature because his 2185F produced Cone 7 instead of Cone 6 in my kiln.


For bisque I use the built in Cone Fire programs on Medium Speed.

In Topic: How This Surface Was Created

07 July 2014 - 10:14 PM

Thank you everyone for trying to solve the mystery. :) I'm now convinced that there was a cheese cutter involved.

And thank you for all the links. Lisa Hammond's work is quite interesting indeed (maybe because symmetry, classic shapes and high gloss are not things that I find especially attractive most of the time). 

In Topic: How This Surface Was Created

06 July 2014 - 10:35 PM

And while we are at this, do you think the surfaces of those two vases were manually carved?