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SmartsyArtsy

Member Since 29 Oct 2011
Offline Last Active Dec 06 2014 07:37 PM
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Topics I've Started

What Do You Cover Your Work Tables With?

02 September 2014 - 03:43 PM

I am moving away from canvas an choosing textured plastic or vinyl

Firing Error And Bloating

31 August 2014 - 08:17 PM

After 175 ^04 and ^6 firings I had my first incomplete firing. According to the controller info, this small SPS Crucible kiln either had a low voltage issue or problem with the elements. It got to 2166 F before the error aborted the firing.

I attempted to do a full on test to examine the elements but will have to come back later when it is dark so I can see the elements more easily. The night after the firing (last night) we had a wide area blackout from some unknown (to me) problems. So, I am wondering if the kiln issue was related to an impending obvious voltage problem. Much to check on. I am also tempted to just do another ^6 firing and see if all is OK now.

Meanwhile, I am wondering if the horrific bloating on the one large planter in that firing is the result, and if I should take a chance on re firing it. It went through a slow bisque with good results, but wonder why it bloated so much. The whole piece is bellowed, and there are 30 or so bloats from the size of a marble to a grade a large egg. This is Klamath Brown 634 clay-- first time using it. If I retire, could it explode from the bloats?

Anyone Familiar With A Randall Extruder?

16 April 2014 - 01:58 PM

I have tried unsuccessfully to find out about them online. I have the opportunity to purchase one, perhaps with a part missing, so I need to know whether parts are available, and if it is a decent one. I haven't seen the extruder yet.

Any comments appreciated.