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Mark C.

Member Since 09 Jan 2012
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#110456 Not So Messy Clay For Beginners?

Posted by Mark C. on Yesterday, 04:03 AM

Its you not the clay .

Maybe handle it a bit dryer

#110231 Relay / Magnetic Contactor Question

Posted by Mark C. on 17 July 2016 - 08:21 PM

Not sure about your location but here in the USA they carry these online at industrial suppliers or electrical suppliers .

I bought my last one at Grangers.com

#110185 Experience With Aim Kilns?

Posted by Mark C. on 16 July 2016 - 02:17 PM

The key point here is

(Mine is just a test kiln so the interior is 8x8 inches, it takes a 15 amp outlet my electrician ran a separate circuit for it and a heavier wire.)

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#110164 Experience With Aim Kilns?

Posted by Mark C. on 15 July 2016 - 08:01 PM

(A kiln needs a dedicated circuit because it will be drawing the full capacity of the circuit when it gets to high. Please check the true nature of your electrical capacity before you get sucked down the rabbit hole on this novel "2-cord" kiln.)

In residential wiring  dedicated circuits are more rare.

You will need a decanted circuit -actually two of them.

‚ÄčThis circuit in a house can be say the refrigerator or an electric  heater. Never are there say one outlet in a room unless its a high amp drawing appliance -say a laundry room circuit for a electric dryer or washer.

Keep in mind kilns use all the amps that they are rated for whereas most things do not.

The trouble with a kiln on a circuit that has other outlets is when you are firing and you use say your 1500 watt hair dryer-then you have exceeded your circuit amps and a breaker should trip off or worse yet a fire starts in the wires in the wall.


HOA rules are something I know zero about ,but you could float the idea by the board and see if you can get an exception. 

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#110146 Experience With Aim Kilns?

Posted by Mark C. on 15 July 2016 - 10:25 AM

I cannot say a thing about AIM kilns but I will add that your #12 circuit needs to have all the connections tight. Many home circuits are just put together with wire nuts  and gang run box to box and its those connections that will heat up and cause an issue in this scenario with you using all 15 amps to cone 6 or 10. Hopefully yo can get a dedicated run just to kiln with zero connection (no offshoots).This would be the safer move on this kiln.Even with this you need to separate circuits of 15 amps with this kiln. which means two dedicated wire runs.

Why not just run a single circuit of larger wire in conduit to a kiln which makes more sense to me.?

Just having #12 wire still means you need to see if their are branch circuits and not use them and to have two outlets together at kiln on separate circuits which is very unusual.

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#109962 Storing Sodium Silicate Long Term

Posted by Mark C. on 10 July 2016 - 03:10 PM

Its the air on the surface inside the bottle that is making it solidify-until you put it into a better bottle it does not matter underwater or now. transfer it to a non wide mouth bottle-glass or plastic with NO air in the bottle.

#109923 Storing Sodium Silicate Long Term

Posted by Mark C. on 10 July 2016 - 11:00 AM

I keep it in a plastic bottle that is a quart size. Very small opening lid. Like a shampoo bottle. The idea is keep the container with no air in it. I have had one for years-never opened it yet.So find a air tight container with small neck opening and fill it full.

#109881 How Many People Here Subscribe To Magazines Like Ceramics Monthy, Studio Pott...

Posted by Mark C. on 08 July 2016 - 10:15 PM

4.42 am  post -Marcia you need to sleep more.

#109857 Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

Posted by Mark C. on 08 July 2016 - 10:31 AM

I glaze test with spoon rests and sponge holders-the sponge holder is best as it has a vertical and horizontal surface.

#109753 Calcined Kaolin

Posted by Mark C. on 06 July 2016 - 01:09 AM

I keep mine in a paper sack

#109703 Ceramic Pendant Necklace

Posted by Mark C. on 02 July 2016 - 11:35 AM

I would use glue to attach the wire after the glaze fire.You could use quality wire and the attachment will be very strong.

Dirts roads is the master of this send her a PM.

#109666 Qotw: Are We Potters Crazy?

Posted by Mark C. on 01 July 2016 - 02:46 PM

No I never thought of myself as crazy-maybe diving with sharks while feeding them was a bad Idea but not crazy-cage diving with great whites not crazy-working with clay very sane at least for me.

#109638 Handmade Tile Workshop : August 9-12. Nw Washington

Posted by Mark C. on 30 June 2016 - 05:49 PM

Your workshop dates are just after the Anacortes Art Festival-I will be diving off Widbey Island during those dates after show.

#109382 Two Glaze Loads

Posted by Mark C. on 25 June 2016 - 02:29 PM

This was yesterdays two glaze loads.

I priced and packed them took some to a outlet and loaded the large kiln with a bisque load which I'm firing today as well as firing my small kiln with my cat -doing a cremation.

I have some new shino like glazes that turned out well in the big kiln.


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#109365 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by Mark C. on 25 June 2016 - 11:23 AM

softer clay make all this much easier.