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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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In Topic: Formulating A Flat Black Glossy Glaze?

Today, 12:56 AM

Most blacks are just a oversaturation of colorants.

My cone 10 black will hold other glazes but the colorants want to bled thru them all.

How about putting the other glaze on 1st wax it  over and apply black next to it?


In Topic: Making Cone Packs

17 September 2014 - 09:40 PM

Making cone packs trouble free is easy as long as you stick to the basics

First make them days or weeks ahead of time-I use porcelain clay and make about 10-12 packs at a time dry them and they are ready to use when I need them

second and this is a BIG one make sure that each cone CANNOT fall onto next cone so you can see the end points clearly 

You should use a guide cone on each side of the Temp you plan on going to so a cone 6 fire has a cone 5-6-7 cone in pack.

I like a little room between cones so they NEVER fall onto the next ones.Thats my pet peeve with others cones as it hard to tell the end points when they touch one another.

No need to use a tons of cones only 3 are needed unless you do a body reduction in a gas kiln.Which I do with an eyeball not a cone.

I only use two cones but you should use 3. I have been doing this for so long two is what I need so I will skip the why for now.

Heres a few photos of cone packs that work-you can see the fired ones as well-I fire to cone 11 1/2 way or so depending on how long the fire takes. so my end point cone is what I want to see

the 1st melted cone is cone 10 in my packs

Just get the angle down and give them some space put the in kiln at angle with a backdrop so you can see them well-the cone box shows all this on side of box as well.



In Topic: Can A Candle Produce Enough Heat To Fuse Lid To Body?

17 September 2014 - 08:23 PM

China paint is low temp stuff for sure-

Its going to take more than a few beers to get this pig to fly.Good thing I do not drink much.

As stated in above  post cone 6 is a far cry from china paint temps.

The real test would be load up the kiln with candles underneath  the bottom shelve and see what melts. I already know the outcome but its just a guess as I have yet to do it.


In Topic: Leveling the Wheel

17 September 2014 - 06:20 PM

I rarely needle tool the top of pots maybe thats my problem.

I think this deal may be over thunk a bit?


In Topic: Leveling the Wheel

17 September 2014 - 03:12 PM

Wow I'm amazed about all this leveling. I have never leveled any of my4- 5 wheels or any pots or chucks.I own tons of levels but have never found the need.

My old shop is out of level I'm sure but I have managed to not let this be a problem. Maybe I'm missing something?.Never has an issue with this?

Now I am curious about if they are all of wack?