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  1. Thanks for that info, however I found a great kiln man and as I need to do at least 40 firings a year to stoneware and he knows his stuff and said a cromartie hobby just could not produch the reliability I needed I have just invested in a new German kiln that will do what I need without bother. As I have loads of orders relying on my work arriving I needed to know I could rely 100% on my kiln. Glad you got it to work for you though and thanks for posting
  2. That's what made me wonder if unremmebered by me the bluetit's had been dipped in the batch I threw a way , the robins were def recently done this week, but the bluet it's a little longer ago and my memory is bad, so perhaps that's all there is to it, but how that glaze got contaminated is beyond me unless a gremlin got some bat wash in it?
  3. Not that then Joel. Only China clay, dolomite, whiting and feldspar, proportions tried and trusted. Not fingers, mine are clean and I hold the tiniest corner of tail to dip. Hmm do you think batt wash could have that effect if it contaminated? Clutching at straws here, but I guess a tiny bit could possibly have got into the bucket half way through?
  4. Joel, I have wondered about the clay. I bought forty bags about two years ago so it was one of those bags, but have you ever known clay to have oils of some sort in it? It's certainly not something noticable when handling it, it is a right mystery and very frustrating. If I knew what it was I could be certain I'm not spending hours making only to have to chuck it in the bin.
  5. Yes obviously something is different, but my methodology isn't, that's what I meant. I make, store, dip and decorate in the same way. Yes exact same materials that I have used for ten years, from the same bins,no new materials have been bought in that time. As I said it happened in the last kiln and the new one. Maybe some contaminant got into the batch of glaze, I have no idea what or why, but at least I now understand that something greasy could have caused this peculiar effect if it contaminated the bucket of glaze for some reason.
  6. thanks but I just don't think after ten years of glazing these I would suddenly start doing something different.
  7. ps there was no sign of any problem when I put them in the kiln, nothing to indicate they were beginning to crawl. I have some left over to fire and they look just like they usually look before firing. Plus all the robins on the lower levels were fine so i don't think it was the firing. Perhaps there was a contaminate in the old glaze and the bluetits were dipped in that, it's just that it's so long siince I glazed what with having to get the kiln sorted that I have forgotten. I can't think what could have contamintaed it, it isn't like it was always doing it, I'd dipped plenty in it before it started going wonky. Thanks for your advice I will search 'crawling'.
  8. Thanks for your reply . The first lot were fired in my old kiln, this lot in the new kiln. The glaze was dry when i painted the colours on and dry when it entered the kiln. It did not spit. Not all of them have done it. I must have dipped in excess of 18,000 birds so far in my life and if it's ever too thick it never goes like that, just a bit thick, in fact sometimes i like it when its a bit thick, more mossy looking, but I've never managed to get it so thick it did this and these were not thick, I'm pretty expert at judging that after so many years of churning out the critters
  9. Has anyone got any ideas what is happening here? I am using Rhodes white stoneware glaze, same recipe, same materials from same buckets as I have used for years and yet on my last batch and worse still on this latest load some of the glaze is peeling as illustrated in photo. When it happened in last batch I remixed a whole new pot of glaze just to be on the safe side. Has anyone seen this? Is it the clay, the glaze or something else? I took the side bung out to put a thermocouple in when it was 650 c but closed it again, otherwise did not crack it until below 200 as usual. Any advice gratefully received as these are my Xmas orders and I've had enough trouble having had to borrow a kiln while my old one goes to the menders. Ahhh it's been a bad year, I was hoping my luck was changing. Thank you for reading
  10. And it measures the resistance with no electricity going thru? Can u test whether the elements need replacing that way? Is it putting a charge thru and measuring the resistance is that what it does Joel?
  11. Hi celia do you think if I buy this kiln it will struggle to get to 1260 then? Thanks for your help.
  12. Hi, I have a large cromartie work horse, I think it's about 5 kW, the therma couple probe has fallen off and it won't go above 1000c so might also need new elements. I moved to Carmarthenshire recently does anyone know any reliable kiln repairer within an hour or twos drive of west wales please?
  13. Joe, can you tell me how many kWh r going into ur kiln for it to reach stoneware?
  14. Thank you joe, I make small ceramic birds so can get about 50 to 60 in that size kiln if I pack carefully. I will definitely make a bid on it then and see if I can get it.
  15. Thanks Neil my old kiln used to take 12-13 hrs when 2.5 kW was going in.
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