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neilestrick

Member Since 04 Oct 2011
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In Topic: Hanging Methods For Large Platters And Bowls?

Today, 04:45 PM

I put two holes, spaced at least an inch apart, through a deep foot. The other option is a hanger- I often use the wrought iron type like THIS. They work well for standing up on a table or hanging on the wall. I found a bunch at Pier 1 really cheap once, that are deep enough to hold a sink bowl or large platter. I'm not a big fan of the wire wrapped all the way around a foot ring. It never seems tight enough for me to trust it.


In Topic: Raku Kiln- Highest Cone Temp

Today, 03:26 PM

you don't experiment with anything else in it? ever?

 

Nope. It's built for raku. I could maybe get up to cone 6 with it, but I doubt it would go to 10. It's just not insulated well enough for that. I've got my electric kilns for most of what I do. No reason to use it for anything but raku.

 

Raku kilns are made for firing fast to low fire temps. They are generally not insulated well enough for high fire, nor do they typically have the type of control needed for good reduction firing. They are drag racers, made for going fast for a short distance. They are great for what they do, but you wouldn't drive one to get groceries.


In Topic: Raku Kiln- Highest Cone Temp

Today, 02:47 PM

Cone 04, because I only fire raku with it. :)


In Topic: My Underglaze Smells Like Sulfur!

Today, 10:51 AM

Commercial glazes and underglazes have a biocide in them that keeps them from getting funky. That's what gives them their odd smell normally. My guess is that for some reason your container of white didn't get the biocide put in it, and now it's grown some funk, just like a bottle of slip would. Call Amaco and see what they say. If I'm right, then they'll be getting a lot of calls because they make large batches.


In Topic: Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

Yesterday, 07:38 PM

I use the wax resist from Ceramic Supply. It washes out of brushes with just water and never gums them up. Wonderful stuff.

 

By comparison, hot wax is a lot more dangerous due to the heat of the wax and the burner plate, and it creates fumes that are not all that great to breathe in.