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  1. Could make your own ceramic buttons . Wire used is Kanthal wire. Can get different weights. Buttons on my old fiibre kiln were top hat shaped with wide brim. The hat inner was filled with fire cement. I guess to protect the wire from direct flame?? Fire down as these kilns temp drop like a rock. Roof had more buttons. Fibre after firing gets fragile and will slump. Think you can spray it to stop the flaking...dangerous healthwise. Not good to breathe in. Check Marcia Selsor's top hat kiln. Block anbd tackle or winch to lift kiln off base
  2. Maybe get s.thing which can support the wall from the inside when applying the medallion, keeping the pot in shape.... Putting outside before taking off bats is fraut. Bases can't move much. Rims drying faster... Slow drying away from draughts. I guess change one thing at a time.... Maybe your laidback throwing from the couch has to stop. :-))
  3. Do they have handles? Sometimes the attaching of handles esp on thin walled pots can cause warping
  4. Maybe it is your glaze thickness which is the issue. May have to go.down the specific gravity road, or more coats of glaze. How are you glazing ?
  5. Its functin could metely be to fraw attention to how pernickity humans have become in their various ritualising of having a bl.......cup of tea!! A receptacle which holds liquid, can be drunk out of ra de ra.... Just perhaps he is pointing out the absurdity of our needs. Certainly ... My god, is it art??? Is it craft?... :-))))))
  6. I now slow down last100deg to 80degC per hr. Because some of my glazes need that. Lots on firing schedules on these forums
  7. Is all your work as thin? And inaccessible for suport? If only some would you consider writing your "Stamp"? Or an inked stamp which requires very little pressure...or a stencil?
  8. Been hand stretches posted in the forums which will alleviate the the claw shape you are experiencingv in hands..shortening of muscles of forearms. Well worth researching. The lengthening of those muscles may change thed pull in the tendons as they pass through the carpal tunnel. You can get braces to wear but if severe op may have to happen. Bevreligiouz with thosef stretches and some for neck and shoulders Look in that mirror to check you are not raising your shpulders as you work, lift etc. A common fault which leads to neck shoulder issues
  9. Sugest she gijvs them to her friend for bday, Xmas,4th July celeb.!!! Save everyone the bother.
  10. Not if your glazes are low fired!! They may run straight off the pots onto the shelved. If for own use you may be able to coat with a product to make them water proof. For future I'd be lookinh for a lower fired clay 1280 pretty high firing if you are firing your own kiln. What temp is it rated for? Don't want to be firing to the max all the time. Shortens the life ofv everthing, almost and shortenss your bankbalance.
  11. So fill it with towels or other supporting material. Put a board over the slump mold,flip it , and attach foot. The towels will have enough give to allow shrinkage.
  12. I think your clay hasn't been fired high enough to vitrify. What do the manufacturers recommend for glaze firing. What is its firing range. Is your firing reaching that temp?
  13. I had similar blistering. I dropped the cone fired to. Slowed down the last ramp to 80deg C Kept a soak
  14. Go to your supplier and ask for replacement immediately. Shimpo would not want bad reports of their products. Got evidence of your purchase etc. Get onto it straight away
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