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  2. I get logged out on my computer for some reason, but on my phone I can't even remember the last time. It doesn't make this a good tool to stop spam though. Having made some automation tools in my past, two of the same factor (something you know) will stop no bots, but it will be annoying. Add something you have (phone, desktop/mobile app) and you can end the bots for good. Can't really use the third option (something you are), because it's now illegal in some states and countries (biometric data eye/face/fingerprint)
  3. @liambesaw @Bill Kielb How often do you actually log in? I haven't logged out in months.
  4. Still annoying, I’ll take text or captcha if forced to. Liam is right, two of the same factor is just annoyance to me
  5. This isn't 2 factor authentication. It's two of the same factor (something you know). How about a captcha or something less annoying than typing out what is essentially one of three second passwords.
  6. @Bill Kielb, to clarify, you would only have to answer the three questions when you initially set it up. When you log in, you would only have one question asked. Thanks, Jen
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  8. A text authorization would be acceptable, three questions is annoying
  9. I buy them from Clay-King.com. If you sign up for their email newsletter, once or twice a year they have a sale where you can get pints as low as $6-7. Plus they're generally too thick in the bottle so you can water them down at least 25%. That's really cheap compared to Amaco Velvets. Their color palette is not as extensive, but you can do some mixing to get more colors.
  10. Please take a moment to let us know how you feel about two-factor authentication on the forums by clicking yes or no in the above poll. Thanks!
  11. The best you can do is look at the MSDS. It will list ingredients to a point, but won't give accurate percentages of any of them. They're meant to be pretty vague so that the manufacturer doesn't give away the formula. Their purpose is to inform the user of possible hazards so they can handle the material safely, and for medical treatment in the case of mishandling it.
  12. Look up the msds of the specific glaze. You won't find the exact ingredients, or exact percentages by weight, but you'll see a range which might be helpful.
  13. Hi Everyone new to this forum, i thought I might ask even if it's seem obvious at first sight.; is there any way to get a hint of the recipe of any commercial glazes? Or the complete list of material used in their composition? thank you for your help!
  14. Where do you get the speedball from?
  15. Have you decided where the kiln will be located, how you will be venting it, gas supply, local safety codes, etc? Gas kilns are not as simple as electric. Lots of prep work before buying one....
  16. I'd say a potential con is in firing the kiln itself. With an electric kiln there's a lot less involvement and monitoring of the firing. Also if using propane it's much more expensive to fire.
  17. I use Speedball. It's really cheap compared to Amaco and Coyote, and the colors hold up well at cone 6 for the most part. The red and royal blue have some issues with bubbling at cone 6, but I'm working on fixing that.
  18. I mostly use Amaco simply because that is what I was first introduced to. I have some Duncan underglazes and they are great as well. However, Speedball is a LOT less expensive and if you are using a lot of underglaze in your work, take a look at speedball. At this point I have my color palette dialed in with Amaco, but I am going to get some small bottles of Speedball and do a little testing. I have heard good reports on that company. And I have used both glossy clear and matte over the Amaco Underglazes without an issue. The only problem I have had is pink and maroon burned out and if I apply the Warm gray too thickly, it crawls (lesson learned) Hope that helps. Roberta
  19. Last year a chunk of glaze fell into one small section of the channel, burning out the element and messing up the channel.. We took the kiln apart and removed that brick/channel and put it all back together. Yeah, pins won't work but I think they are properly seated in the channels now. That is the beauty of the L&L. I ran a bisque load last night. When it cools I hope to find all the elements still in their channels. If not, I will work on it. Potters are handy people! And not easily discouraged! I only have occasional moments of panic now.
  20. Hi Babs! Rebekah Krieger's quotation (at the bottom of the post) attributed to Bernard Leach - I was curious, did Leach actually commit the its error*? Looks like Leach credits Soetsu Yanagi for the thought (emphasis added) in A Potter's Book: "I cannot do better than give a more or less condensed and paraphrased extract from an essay on popular, or folk, arts and crafts by Soetsu Yanagi, the intellectual leader of the Japanese craft movement of to-day: ‘I have many occasions to call at the residences of well- known art collectors, but I find too often that the articles of everyday use in their homes are far from being artistic, to say the least. They often leave me with a sad suspicion as to how much these collectors really appreciate beauty. To me the greatest thing is to live beauty in our daily life and to crowd every moment with things of beauty. It is then, and then only, that the art of the people as a whole is endowed with its richest significance. For its products are those made by a great many craftsmen for the mass; of the people, and the moment this art declines the life of the nation is removed far away from beauty. So long as beauty abides in only a few articles created by a few geniuses, the Kingdom of Beauty is nowhere near realization.' " * its error The contraction it's stands in for it is The word its means belonging to it
  21. Hi Margery, I'll pm you @Jennifer Harnetty's contact info and she will help you with this.
  22. With gas kilns, in general the burners either work or they don't. There's not much in the way of maintenance or parts that wear out like on electric kilns. So assuming the burner system works, I'd be most concerned with the condition of the bricks. Downdraft kilns tend to fire more easily and efficiently, but updrafts work just fine once you dial in your settings.
  23. aah, like Johnny I thought you were wanting to do this with a current load. Another option is to have more than one kiln. It works well using a couple of kilns in tandem and no surprises from rushing things. One thing that I always worry about is unseen issues that my customers may find later.
  24. I have been using Amaco's jet black velvet underglaze for a while now and would like to experiment with some others/colors. I generally use a clear glaze over but want to experiment with a matte glaze over. What are your favorite brands and why?
  25. If you need insurance be sure and check with your agent about whats insurable.
  26. If you have a melted element or a glaze spill, one section of the channel (about 4 inches long) can be removed and replaced. And to agree with Neil, if the element is tucked in correctly, the corners of the channel act like pins and hold the element in place. It’s a very smart design. The inside of my 16 yr old L&L looks new. I’ve replace maybe three sections of channel over the years. Roberta’s elements will soon lose their flexibility and will no longer be able to pop out.
  27. Hi I’m looking at buying a 2nd hand gas kiln and I’m wondering what I should look out for in terms of pros and cons. Are there any common faults or complaints?
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