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  1. Mel340 - You can get really cheap pads of newsprint from the art or craft store and it flexes a bit more than printer paper so is easier to wrap around a rounded form. You might try that and see if it helps you get a nice release.

    I paid a little over a $100 for my printer which is pretty good I think. The toner cartridge lasts a long time too so even for printing other stuff it's cheaper to use than an inkjet.

    I have Paul Wandless book as well plus a couple more all of which are super helpful in figuring this stuff out.



    Even cheaper than pads of newsprint.....I go to the newspaper office and purchase the "end rolls."  These are the rolls of newsprint that only have one inch of paper left on them; not enough to leave on the press, but plenty to use....They charge me $1 apiece.

  2. Thank you for your thoughts on this, Oldlady and Denice.

    Btw, this is not my first kiln, but it is my first BIG kiln. The cracks go pretty much all of the way across the lid and intersect in the center. I have kiln cement and I will try that.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to attach or add anything to the lid to contribute to its structural integrity?  I am worried because the cracks are the entire width of the lid. Even though I am not using chunks, I have this morbid fantasy of the lid just caving in......yikes....


  3. I just bought a new (used) large Cress Kiln. When I got it to the studio, I noticed that what looked like some surface cracks in the lid, appear to run all the way through the thickness of the lid. After just laying out money for the kiln, I cannot purchase a new lid at this point.

    Does anyone have any brilliant ideas about keeping this lid from cracking up?

    Thanks, Kathi

  4. I think I like this one the best! Please post a picture after you glaze and fire!

    Here's another image (by the way- I'll be back from Ecuador on the 30th, and will actually fire some of these things).


    I've done minimal slab work, so this was a bit of a stretch for me... but I wanted to build a table-side box lantern. People may have noticed that I've been on a 'thrown doughnut' binge of late... thus the handles and the base.


    My one initial thought on this one is that the handle should have mirrored the base a bit more...




  5. Use your computer to print out what you want written on your pot. Cut the word(s) out, dampen the paper and gently stick it to your leather hard clay. Use a stylus to trace the lettering to make an impression in the clay. You can use oxide or underglaze to fill or accent the impressed wording.

  6. I throw small cup-like vessels, trim the bottoms so that they are rounded and carve them. I get chain from Lowes and use that to support the weight (just like a regular hanging lamp). The chain comes in all sizes, so the appropriate weight is easy to find. Use small lamp kits (also available at the home improvement stores).

  7. In addition to covering the entire platter in plastic as it dries, i place lightweight plastic (the weight of a dry-cleaner bag) around the rim of my platters and large bowls. It is very difficult to keep your rim from drying faster than the base or body of the pot - and obviously you know what happens when it does! The only remedy that I know of is patience and time; the moisture level has to normalize and your pot has to dry evenly to prevent it from cracking.

    My condolences on the demise of your platters....

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