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Bill T.

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 03 2014 09:22 PM

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In Topic: Free Glaze

25 August 2014 - 04:10 PM

Go to the Amaco web site, look for section about layering glazes.  Look over the color sheets for ideas.  That will get her started and will probably cost you too. 

In Topic: Poppies In London

06 August 2014 - 02:36 PM

Wife and I were in London on Armistice Day several years ago visiting Westminster Cathedral.  All around the grounds were small areas recognizing each unit of their Armed Services that had fought in WWI.  Among the decorations were thousands of paper poppies and every one was wearing one.   It was quite a moving experience. 

In Topic: Axner Kiln Wash

05 August 2014 - 07:41 PM

I found this kiln wash several years ago.  Fire only about 2x a month.  This wash does fine for me (cone 5-6)  doesn't flake and gives a little texture to the shelf so objects can slide a little during firing.  Would probably be too expensive for a large kiln but for my 3 shelf Skutt I usually recoat 2x a year.  In the 10 years I have had my kiln have never flipped shelves, they must be good no warping. 

In Topic: New Elements Are In

11 June 2014 - 09:51 AM

Clay lover:   Sorry can't figure out the quote function.  I hold 10 minutes at 2180 just to settle everything down.  No scientific reason except it seems to work with the glazes I use. 


I'm glad this topic has generated some interest and a lot of good suggestions from the folks that have done it a lot.  Maybe you will feel more comfortable tackling the job by oneself.  . 

In Topic: New Elements Are In

10 June 2014 - 09:27 PM

Can't be much help with the first questions, only that my firings had increased in time about an hour and hard to reach 2180 cone 6 for me.  I fire 150 degrees per hour for the last 200 degrees, and this is where it seemed to take too long. 


You do not have to bend the Skutt elements.  They are pre-bent for each angle.  You do have to hold them up in a straight line so they can settle to the correct curvature.  Then keeping all in line  just work your way around the element holders.  Skutt includes pretty good directions, 2 ceramic spacers, 2 new connectors and lots of pins.  There is also a video on You Tube made by Skutt.  It really is as easy as the lady makes it look.  Check it out.