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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. Finally over my cold. I had such plans for this break, but between a family cold, kiln controller dying, and freezing cold garage I haven't gotten much done. However, I am going to accomplish a lot in the new year! Going to continue to work on my surfaces and glaze development. Exciting times.

    1. oldlady


      good time to plan for the next steps you want to take.  drawing what is in your head, checking if you are prepared for actually working with clay when it gets warmer and you feel better.  

    2. Denice


      I have spoke to a bunch of people who had a miserable holiday  break including  myself and  my husband.  My husband told me yesterday that he couldn't wait to get back to work at least he gets paid for being miserable.  The gray skies and extreme cold doesn't help.  I am still down and out from my MS relapse,  I have two half finished pots in my studio but they are so cold  I don't have a problem with them drying out.  Denice

  2. Thanks everyone for the confirmation of the refurb. I am not sure of the warranty. I will ask tomorrow when I call to order it.
  3. I decided to go with it. Going to place the order tomorrow. I guess it all worked out okay after all. Although I have no real problems with the current controller. I am excited about the features of the genesis. Mostly the wifi updates, the phone software, and being able to name my dang programs. I have to look at notes to remember which one is which, or go through them all manually. Bleh.
  4. I have been emailing back and forth with L&L. I can't read apparently. I thought the 20% discount was on returning. It is a RESTOCKING fee. lol. However, they do have refurbished genesis controllers for $165. He said they were tested and set up there at his factory so they leave working fine. I think this is what I am probably going to go for. Seems like a great deal. I get to upgrade and replace the old one for cheaper than a newer old one, of course, it is a refurb, but if it's working when it leaves I can't see it being in any worse shape than a new one usually. Thoughts?
  5. I am surprised as well. Only 290 firings. I have only had the kiln since June 2014. So it is past the warranty. I can't imagine all of the sudden my TC wires randomly go backwards. I have fired it 5-6 times with good results since I changed my TCs. So unless I have a kiln goblin messing with me, I think it has to be the board at this point. I asked them about the new controller in my reply, but I haven't gotten a response from them yet. Thanks.
  6. I am thinking at this point that I should just get the Bartlett controller for $329. https://www.bartinst.com/kilns/31 Seems to make much more sense to spend $80 more and get the upgraded controller. I will have to investigate how all this works. I am not sure if L&L sells them or if I have to buy from Bartlett.
  7. L&L wrote back. Said if I am sure my TC wires are not backwards then my board is bad. 250$ for a new one and a 20% part refund if I send my dead board back. Sigh.
  8. Their customer service is great. I have an easy 18-3.
  9. So I replaced my TCs about a month or two ago and I had no problems. I fired probably 5-6 times since I replaced them. However a few weeks ago I turned on my kiln and had an e-22, that flashed between that and e-26. I thought it was just because it was cold (45F)in my garage, so I heated up my garage with a heater and the error went away. So I thought it was just a cold problem, although in all the previous years I have never had this issue with even colder nights. Well, I went out there today to run a firing and it is probably 60F in my garage because of the crazy warm weather today. I a
  10. For sprayed yes, because you could measure the amount you put into the container to spray, but then you would have to say your getting 100% onto the pot. which is unrealistic unless your holding the gun point blank. of course you could do this or atleast estimate the amount going on a pot say like 75% or something, then add that into your calculations, but its not very scientific. I guess you could do it for dipping as well, by weighing the container after the dip to see the amount of liquid weight removed, then see how much 1 ml weighs and do the math.
  11. On a flat tile you know how many grams will be on the tile based on how many ml you add to it right? So if your adding 2ml of glaze fluid and that contains x amount of glaze per ml then you can work out the rough math. In reality, what is the point of it because application on real pots is never done this way. It is either sprayed, dipped, or poured all of which would be absurd to try to measure.
  12. I was doing that before. I was putting 2ml in each cube, which I could tell you the dry amount in. I can tell you the amount of glaze per the area of the tile. But I won't continue doing that because in a potters world that really never matters. So it really isn't worth it unless I am writing lab grade scientific documentation, which I am not. Plus once I start dipping the 2ml thing will be thrown out the window.
  13. That is what I am hoping for. I am still going to run vertical tiles this first go around just to see how well that works as well. Once I figure out my trench blueprints and tile designs for vertical later this afternoon. I agree that this seems like a good solution, my issue is that your still going to have massive runs in the c corner to catch on those vertical tiles. I thought about this design for a good bit as well. It would definitely work for the majority of the grid, although I think brushing is slow. I would rather mix a slightly larger batch and dip, or find narrower cups ma
  14. Well, I got my slab roller setup this weekend and I went out and bought 2 dollars worth of kids play foam. I ended up building this: Which is three square foams thick. The triangle on the bottom right being the highest point. I rolled out a slab this morning then put this over it and rolled it through: I am pretty happy with it. This wasn't fully impressed as I adjusted the roller back up. This is a 1/4'' thick tile which I think is about right. I love how easy it is to make a tile with texture now. You can see the gentle slopes left by the foam and the ridges I
  15. @Pieter Mostert After looking at the tiles for a while, I have to say my favorite tile is number 9. It looks like there is a mix of red and blueish spotting. It seems when the spots get bigger they have red in the center otherwise they look greenish blue. I know most of them have this same thing, but not on this darker background, which I find appealing. Really brilliant. As far as the chemistry and melt stuff goes, no idea. Hope you figure it out.
  16. I am home now so I am going to reply about the thickness/pinhole/spots thing. From the testing I did with oil spots. The thicker it is the bigger the spots, and the more pinholes you get. I think they both look really good. Can't wait to see your grid post.
  17. More off topic here: I agree that glazes can be very hard to photograph. Usually the more interesting the glaze the harder it is to photo correctly, so there is a major problem there. But with some good note taking and detailing it should be doable to a point. Glazy is awesome and Derek Au has a lot of great articles and free stuff he shares, the issue with everything that I see involving online recipes is that all the information they contain besides what cone it was fired to, is picture and recipe. There is never a schedule, an application process, what clay body, what glazes go g
  18. It is all so complicated when you factor in storage. I am not sure how well the trench plan will work. I will know more next week after I run a grid. Currently I am to busy with term projects to fool with anything. I am not sure I am too worried about the storage of tiles long term. I am assuming the C tiles will be mostly useless as vertical observations, but I don't want to jump to conclusions quickly. I was mostly thinking about documentation of the vertical tiles by picture, description, and surface type. Then trashing them. Otherwise I think I might get overrun with tiles pretty fas
  19. @curt Well said! I agree on the material waste. Not a big deal. 1200g of materials, mostly cheap flux, clay and silica are not a huge issue. At most I would assume a Currie test cost $6-7, and that is pushing it. I would say the average cost of a Currie grid test is around $3-4 in clay and glaze materials. The real issue is time. You spend a good hour and half doing the original tile, then if you do any additional mixes using the addition method I outlined you spend another 20 minutes for each additional mixing and such. So time is definitely the real issue here. For mixing the
  20. My slab roller will be here Friday. I have some projects to work on for school, but once its gets here I will probably try something like a tictac something to give it a little surface texture.
  21. @oldlady Thanks for the idea. The scrabble tiles is genius but they need to be bigger. Min showed me this last night. http://debuse-on-the-loose.blogspot.ca/2013/01/how-to-custom-texture-mats.html I think that is the direction I am going to try. I gave up on the idea of adding some type of vertical surface on the grid itself and moved onto just using vertical tiles. However I still think this foam mat stuff could work brilliantly for creating a tile. I will probably just have to make several layers of squares in order leave an impressive deep enough for a grid tile to hold 2ml o
  22. @curt I definitely agree being able to tilt the tile and look at it in different lights and such is very important. Also just being able to feel the surface of each glaze and take a butter knife to it to see how each one changes in surface strength is really nice. With that being said it requires some guess work on the "what is the next step" part of thinking. When you only get information on the flat surface you have to infer the look of the vertical surface. Sometimes this is easy and sometimes it has been completely different than what I predicted. So in order to maximize the test I t
  23. @oldlady I don't really want to buy the texture mats or add any type of thing to the surface. I really just want to be able to roll a slab through and have my mold instantly made at the same time. However I doubt that is a reality unless I figure out a way to do it with foam and plastic or something. I am going to try a few things to try to make it a happen, but if it doesn't end up working then I can just do it the way I have been doing it. ---- My real concern is getting more information out of a test with minimal effort but accurate results. I think I might have a solution t
  24. @Magnolia Mud Research I am not too worried about kiln space. My kiln is practically always been fired for test since ive had it. It is 2.7CuFT. So I can fit a lot of test in there. I also fire vertical tiles as well after I run a grid test. I find several glazes I like on most grid test and I follow up with vertical test. The issue is that a lot of them end up being a poor example of what the glaze on the grid shows, I am sure we all know this. It is part of the problem with the grid method. It is fantastic to get a general idea of what is going on with the glaze, the melt, the coloring, and
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