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  1. I will be setting up an electric kiln in a shed. Does it need to have a cement floor? The sheds I have been looking at have wooden floors. What could be done to make it fire safe.
  2. Thanks everyone for the info you provided me with.
  3. Hello, After reading much information on the web and on this forum I am still confused as to what respirator to us for spraying glaze, mixing glazes and using ferric chloride. I just bought a mask at Home Depot that is by MSA Safety Works It says multi-purpose meets OSHA and NIOSH P100. it says for applying pesticides, working near asbestos and spraying paint. The removable cartridge has a number 4410 on it. Since I am not spraying pesticides, paint or working with asbestos I am not sure if this is a safe mask to use. I also wonder if it is safe to spray outdoors in a box without a vent. I would appreciate any information. Thanks, Centered
  4. Wow, thanks,the heated bucket sounds great. I will check it out.
  5. How about... pick everything up by the bottom and not the lid. you never know if the last person screwed the lid on tight. red iron oxide stains EVERYTHING!
  6. If there is nice still weather, is it possible to spray outdoors safely without a spray booth and just wear a good respirator?
  7. I am currently setting up shop in Maine. I have many concerns about how to handle the cold. I realize wax resist can freeze and not be useful once thawed. What about glaze in buckets and bags of clay? The cost of heating the area when I am not in it would be too expensive. I am wondering what other cold weather potters do in this situation.
  8. I will be setting up my studio in my friends barn. He is paying the electric bill, but I want to pay my part. I was wondering if anyone has any idea how much it cost to run an electric kiln about 8 hours for a cone 04 bisque firing and a cone 6 glaze firing. I still do not have a kiln yet, although an approximate of the inside dimensions will be a round kiln 24 inches inside with a height of around 20 inches. not sure of the cubic feet yet. Thanks.
  9. Thanks for your suggestions. ordered it today.
  10. I am starting up a new studio and I am in need of a great book on electric kilns, which would include safety issues, and vents and how to decide on a kiln. Are there any sites that sell only pottery books? Thanks for any information you can provide. Happy potting.
  11. Marcia, Doesn't the sprayer pressure blow the paper stencil off the piece?
  12. Thanks for your replies. I will definitely try it and expect some breakage. I will be happy as long as I can create with clay. I will also keep my eyes open for some type of class to take.
  13. I was wondering if there is any alternative type of firing that doesn't require a bisque firing first. I am moving and will be without a kiln for quite some time. I will have a webber grill and a fire pit in the ground. Can I use a raku type clay and do a pit firing without bisqueing first or would everything crack? Thanks for any information you have.
  14. Well, this solution won't help you this time around but may help in the future. When I am firing in a studio where other people load the kiln, I usually glue (elmers glue) my lid in place so that it will not move around while they are loading it in the kiln. I have had good luck with the freezer method but I slowly place the bottom of the piece in hot water then quickly take it out, then keep doing that until it heats up the rim but not the lid. Sloooooowwwly. I never had any cracking from thermal shock. I wouldn't do this to low fired ware.
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