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SmartsyArtsy

Member Since 29 Oct 2011
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In Topic: Firing Error And Bloating

31 August 2014 - 11:19 PM

I wondered about the clay body/glaze fit, but doesn't that also include the firing error as a factor?

Unfortunately, (but really fortunately) there was only one other piece and a few test tiles in there beside the planter. The other piece was fine (except for where the bloated planter kissed it) the test tiles even looked ok. They were just a test for a pattern design of two reliable glazes in my repertoire. So, regardless of the lower temp reached and the free fall cooling, all else was OK. I can and will test fire another piece with the same clay/glaze.

The Error says that the heat was climbing less than 12 degrees per hour. sounded like a voltage drop to me, but I would like to understand how to check the thermocouple.

In Topic: Tips & Tricks

31 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

Has anyone ever dipped their brushes In the paint they sell to rubber-ize tool handles? If not, I will experiment and report back.

In Topic: Metal Grid Shelves Vs Wood Shelves

25 August 2014 - 08:32 PM

Also consider wall paper for backdrops. If you use one that is sturdy enough, it will roll up nicely for transport-- no fabric wrinkles! I use grasscloth and it is the perfect "feel" for my botanical theme. It covers the pegboard that my tiles hang on.


In Topic: How Best To Dry Reclaimed Dried Clay After It Has Been Processed Into Wet Clay

25 August 2014 - 02:44 PM

I use Hardiboard. Great drying platform that can be easily put aside and out of the way when not in use. I lay the board on a couple of 2x4s. It is wet here in the PNW but this does the job.


In Topic: Single Fire A Sculpture

23 August 2014 - 09:44 PM

Any reason you cannot preheat in your oven? I have done that when my kiln is firing other work. 

 

 

I wrote that before I saw your finished product. Very beautiful piece!