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Bill T.

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 28 2014 09:03 PM

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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.

In Topic: Sponge Cleaning Before Glazing

01 June 2014 - 02:03 PM

I use compressed air from my big compressor.  Has worked well for 10 years, although it might depend on the clay you are throwing with.  I set the compressor for about 90# of pressure and use a small hand-held blow gun.  My shop has a  garage door so I do all of this outside. 

In Topic: Substituting Gerstley Borate For Frit 3124, Will This Cause Any Problems?

30 May 2014 - 08:19 PM

Since you are in Austin, have you checked with Armadillo Clay?  Their web site shows it. 

In Topic: What Sort Of Stirrer Do You Use.

09 February 2014 - 08:36 PM

I picked up a stick blender at a garage sale cheap.  It works great.  I like it because it will get to the bottom of my containers to stir that up.  I don't mix buckets of glaze just about a gallon size container.