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  2. Here is a suggested wiring diagram to follow from the Paragon kilns that show the infinite switches without the timers and relays. I needed to add a second infinite switch as they are rated at 15 amps and my kiln is rated at 30 amps, but the elements were already grouped together in two sets. I hope that this can help if anyone is in a similar situation.
  3. I found I could not centre my mugs well or get flat bottoms on larger pieces so I had a closer look at the wheel. It has always made a pulsing noise in time with the wheel head and is more pronounced when I load it. I looked earlier but did not find a reason until now when I ran it and looked closer. I found there was a wobble in the wheel head, removed the head and found it was in the shaft. The drive pulley also has a wobble in it that will lightly shake the wheel when on a table and run on high. Tried to post a short video but the file is to large. Contacted Skutt yesterday and sp
  4. I have concrete board on my wall in my kiln room 6 ft. high, make sure it is concrete, a lot of the tile backer boards contain paper. Is the floor of your shed wood or concrete? If it is wood I would raise it off the floor with some cement blocks or kiln stand. Maybe someone will comment on how to use or arrange cement blocks, I have always used stands on concrete floors. Denice
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  7. min is right, the first compressor i ever used was a 2 gallon hot-dog type. i had no idea it would burn up on the first day i used it. got a used 8 gallon one later for only $40 on craigslist. still have it but i do not use it much anymore.
  8. Problem with small compressors is if you are spending more than a short time spraying they are going to be running pretty much full on trying to keep up. The noise can get to you after a while. (hearing protection is a good idea for whatever you use to spray with) If you can have the compressor in another room and run an air hose to where you are spraying that helps with the noise too.
  9. A decade ago we bought a bunch of stuff from them and they were great, I heard they sold out to some non potter/artist company 4-5 years ago that was rolling up a bunch of drop ship website businesses and BCS used to keep a lot of stuff warehoused so it was probably a bad fit from the start.
  10. What's in your liner glaze and have you tried using distilled water to make it with?
  11. Admin was able to resolve this but it's going to take a little while for all the old links to be removed without deleting the (moved) post itself. The program tops out after reaching the maximum number per day so it's going to take a while to clear them all out. It starts with the oldest ones first. Once all the old ones are deleted then going forward new ones will stay up for 15 days then be deleted. New function so it's a bit of wait and see before we know for sure if it's working as expected.
  12. You can get a small air compressor for not much money. Right now a 3 gallon is $40 at Harbor Freight. I use the Harbor Freight gravity feed spray gun as well. My first one lasted 5 years. I don't have problems with clogging but I do sieve all my glazes before putting them in the hopper. As Min said, the Cricket is definitely an option. Not terribly expensive either. And because pint jars fit that spray gun, you can quickly switch out colors. Roberta
  13. I'm getting my first kiln. It's a lightly used Skutt 1018. It will go in a 10' x 12' unheated wooden shed. The kiln has a down vent that will vent to the outside through the wall. The shed has 2 windows and small gable vents, the walls are 7'. I plan to put cement board on the wood stud walls in the corner where the kiln will be and I'll place the kiln 18" from said walls. I have lots of questions: How high up should the cement board go on the walls, is 4' high enough? Should I also put cement board on the ceiling above? Are 2 layers of cement board on the floor good enough? Does th
  14. Thanks @liambesaw I was waiting for a more knowledgeable person to respond. When I was trying to get crimson I discovered the inclusion (Cerdec) stains, Rita, you might want to look at those. The oranges and yellows and reds stay more true. Roberta
  15. I had a friend in grad school who used a Wagner sprayer. It seemed to work fine for him, although back then those sprayers were very noisy, worse than a compressor. The nice thing about a compressor is that it is a very handy tool for other things, too. There are tons of tools that run on compressed air, and it's always nice to have one for putting air in your car tires when needed. If you do any home improvement work, air nailers are a major time saver.
  16. I'm glad your kiln worked out! I don't have a kiln sitter and I'm not really sure how I'd calibrate a thermocouple. Thanks for wishing me luck I need it!
  17. Oh it's gotta be at least 15lbs, I never have filled it all the way up though, I just don't do that many handles at once.
  18. @feistyfieryceramics Hi Caitlin, I fired my kiln for the first time Monday and everything was a success! I decided on skipping the test fire and just loaded it up and did a cone 04 bisque and it worked perfectly. I didn't use witness cones, just my kiln sitter and my extremely helpful thermocouple. I did calibrate my sitter with a guage washer beforehand and it shut off exactly when it was supposed to. I wish you luck with your first firing!
  19. Hi Neil, I am in a similar boat. They are hooking up my three phase electricity for my used kiln right now and I'm wondering what I should do to test it. I was planning to do what you said and test fire empty to cone 6 to make sure the current coils can achieve that temp. Do I also need to test the accuracy of the thermocouple by firing to with cones appropriate bisque and earthenware glaze temp? I've been having trouble getting a full range of cones around here actually! I guess they aren't stocked because people aren't using them so much anymore? I was only able to get 03,04,6, and 7! I
  20. It will turn brown if there's zinc in the glaze, I believe it also needs a sufficient amount of calcium in the glaze as well. Best to look it up on their reference page. Http://masoncolor.com/reference-guide
  21. I’ve been having the same problem when lining lamps, but when I dip the outside of the lamps the next day the glaze resists in the yellow spots. It’s very noticeable after firing.
  22. Denice Hopefully you are finding a top notch hand surgeon. I consulted with one for 1 hour last week near SF for second opinion and she is now my 1st choice on bone removal this winter.I want to rehab this winter. My number one surgeon moved from SF to take over orthopedics in hand surgury teaching at Yale and I would have her do it but flying for me is out now for some time.Find good people it worth it.Check to see how long they have been doing it. The best only operate from the elbow to the finger tips-nothing else .Kansas must have a good one
  23. Today a little production for Saturdays bisque fire Mugs (1 1/4 #ers) and some meduim bowls as well as cereal bowls all porcelain -mugs got finished today as did the cereal bowls ,all trimmed, larger bowls will be trimmed in am tomorrow . The sun is loosing its heat and will not be able to dry pots outside by Halloween -then its cook them and me until xmas inside.
  24. Your processing methods are fine: need to move on from that. Wild clay often have Organics which can add some/or much plasticity. Some are removed during wet processing- normal/desired: the 200 mesh sieve removed the rest. 200 mesh sieve is really not necessary, although I understand the why. Typically 60 or 80 mesh screens are the norm. Remember, the fly ash is only being used to spike alkalinity; not as a body flux. Harvesting wild clay is the roots of modern pottery; much more popular than most realize. There are deposits that can be used straight from the ground and onto the wheel, but unc
  25. I like to experiment with mason stains for some of my pieces that are fired at cone 6. Crimson is one of my favorite colors but I can never count on what color I will get. Perhaps it is the colors it comes in contact with? I have attached two pieces, one using the colors tangerine, praseodymium #6450 and crimson; and the other teal, praseodymium and crimson. Can anyone tell me why the crimson has turned pale brown in the orange/yellow piece, but shows up crimson against the yellow and teal? I'm not a chemist, but from color theory I would have expected the teal to muddy the crimson.
  26. I fired my bisque to cone 06. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one having difficulty with this glaze. Thanks so much for your response. -Rita
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