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Bob Coyle

Member Since 06 Jun 2013
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In Topic: What Kind Of Sponge Do You Use When You Are Throwing?

20 November 2015 - 05:34 PM

I cut 1/4 inch slabs off of a 2 inch thick piece of foam rubber from an old cushion. It's soft and smooth and best of all cheap. 

In Topic: Corrosion? Rust? In Studio

20 November 2015 - 05:24 PM

Sounds strange. It may not be the kiln at all. What kind of heating do you have in the studio?

In Topic: Old School Dinnerware Set For Customer

18 November 2015 - 07:16 PM

I guess the only thing you can do now is sacrifice a goat to the kiln gods... ops! I meant a eggplant.

In Topic: Horse Hair Firing

16 November 2015 - 11:07 AM

Benzine is correct. Vitrified pots would probably crack, and even if they did not, the horse hair would not make the distinctive smokey trace. 


As I mentioned before, I have reheated bisque fired pots with a propane torch and then placed horse hair on the heated surface and it worked. You have to heat the surfaces slowly and bring them up to a high enough temperature to carbonize the hair. Hold the hair in both hands and loosely drape it over the hot surface.It takes some practice, but I have done lots of them this way.

In Topic: Home Made Kiln Controller

15 November 2015 - 11:30 AM

Ah those ten minute fixes that turn into hours of hassle... but hey, think of how much you are learning. Lot's of electronics plus whole new combinations of cuss words!


Hang in there Joel, you'll get it yet.