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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Hulk in A question about 'Decal papers, printers and toners'   
    Chanology-
    I’ve made my own decals using china paints and photo resist silkscreens, which doesn’t address your wanting to use a printer to make your decals. However, I used a water slide decal paper obtained from my local silkscreen supply company (don’t remember the brand, but doubt that it would have survived the printer process) and DID overcoat the imagery with a varnish or lacquer to preserve the integrity of the images when soaking the in water prior to applying them to ceramic forms. After top printing, I allowed them to fully harden (a day or so) before the application process to the clay pieces. I did fire slowly through the burnout to allow for complete removal of the carbon residue  during the firing to China paint temperatures.
    Hope this is of some help to you.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Chanology in A question about 'Decal papers, printers and toners'   
    Chanology-
    I’ve made my own decals using china paints and photo resist silkscreens, which doesn’t address your wanting to use a printer to make your decals. However, I used a water slide decal paper obtained from my local silkscreen supply company (don’t remember the brand, but doubt that it would have survived the printer process) and DID overcoat the imagery with a varnish or lacquer to preserve the integrity of the images when soaking the in water prior to applying them to ceramic forms. After top printing, I allowed them to fully harden (a day or so) before the application process to the clay pieces. I did fire slowly through the burnout to allow for complete removal of the carbon residue  during the firing to China paint temperatures.
    Hope this is of some help to you.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Cress FE-25-A, What have I got into?   
    A very generic user manual for FE kilns:
    https://3fs7rd1xi6sy2zofjv3g0a0q-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/FE-OPERATING-INSTRUCTIONS.pdf
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Pres in Safe to screw feet into small plaster wedging board?   
    Jack-
    Also think about the possibility of the lateral forces reaming out the threaded holes, allowing the feet to break off/out and leaving plaster chips to contaminate your clay.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Hulk in Creative Boss 1w907 spins very slow   
    KDP-
    Have you consulted your owner’s manual? Seems that there is some information regarding the potentiometer part number and means of adjusting the speed of your wheel.
    the link to the owner’s manual is: https://www.speedballart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Boss-Manual-Final-Update-November-2017.pdf
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Pres in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    I think that what Pres is saying is that the sliders are inside the lid flange. Pres?
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Rae Reich in Argh!! Giffin grip gripe, anyone else have issues?   
    I think that what Pres is saying is that the sliders are inside the lid flange. Pres?
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Rae Reich in Anyone know what these are? Maxfield Dresden studios   
    Michaela-
    Actually the slim vials are China paints or enamel overglazes. There are a few different ways of working with them; either using oils or water as a medium. In your case, I would guess oils, since you have several glass plates with a dark residue. The glass is used to grind the pigments into the oil. Odds are that the colors are lead fluxed if they are over 10 years old. They fire in approximately the cone 014-016 range, and aren’t the most durable surface. They are what you find on painted China crockery. The gold or other metals are just what is discussed above, metallic lusters
    Paul Lewing (an inactive member) wrote “the Book” on it, and it can be found in the store link in the header. I would suggest sending him a personal message, if you’d like for him to respond. 
    Regards,
    Fred
    you can tell him I referred you to him, if you choose that route.
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Anyone know what these are? Maxfield Dresden studios   
    Michaela-
    Actually the slim vials are China paints or enamel overglazes. There are a few different ways of working with them; either using oils or water as a medium. In your case, I would guess oils, since you have several glass plates with a dark residue. The glass is used to grind the pigments into the oil. Odds are that the colors are lead fluxed if they are over 10 years old. They fire in approximately the cone 014-016 range, and aren’t the most durable surface. They are what you find on painted China crockery. The gold or other metals are just what is discussed above, metallic lusters
    Paul Lewing (an inactive member) wrote “the Book” on it, and it can be found in the store link in the header. I would suggest sending him a personal message, if you’d like for him to respond. 
    Regards,
    Fred
    you can tell him I referred you to him, if you choose that route.
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Pres in Med-mar metals liquid bright gold etch for ceramics   
    Joanne-
    I’m wondering whether this is a metallic luster at all. Most of the comments to date have overlooked the final words of your query: “......gold antique etch.” I believe that this solution may be for achieving an antique looking patina on the liquid gold after firing the luster by “etching” the surface. 
    Try sending a personal message to Paul Lewing ( he’s a member here in the forum), as he is an expert on China paints and overglazes. If he doesn’t know directly, he has many contacts within the China painting community who were active 40+ years ago and may have had experience with this material. It is okay to tell him that I referred you to him.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Rae Reich in Med-mar metals liquid bright gold etch for ceramics   
    Joanne-
    I’m wondering whether this is a metallic luster at all. Most of the comments to date have overlooked the final words of your query: “......gold antique etch.” I believe that this solution may be for achieving an antique looking patina on the liquid gold after firing the luster by “etching” the surface. 
    Try sending a personal message to Paul Lewing ( he’s a member here in the forum), as he is an expert on China paints and overglazes. If he doesn’t know directly, he has many contacts within the China painting community who were active 40+ years ago and may have had experience with this material. It is okay to tell him that I referred you to him.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Karen B in Fill in Sliptrailing areas   
    Karen-
    Sounds like you are describing “Cuerda Seca”. Try doing a search from the main page.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Hulk in Fill in Sliptrailing areas   
    Karen-
    Sounds like you are describing “Cuerda Seca”. Try doing a search from the main page.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in How To Paint A Commercial Tile And Refire For Durability   
    BVS-
    Do a personal message to Paul Lewing here in the forum. He’s the author of the book China Paint and Overglaze. He has also done extensive painting with glazes at cone 6.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in How To Paint A Commercial Tile And Refire For Durability   
    BVS-
    Do a personal message to Paul Lewing here in the forum. He’s the author of the book China Paint and Overglaze. He has also done extensive painting with glazes at cone 6.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Duncan Ea1029 N Relay Schematic   
    Tim-
    if Bill’s diagram doesn’t suit your needs, you may want to talk with the folks at Paragon Industries, Mesquite TX. Here’s a like to get in touch with them.
    https://www.paragonweb.com/Kiln_Guru.cfm
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Rae Reich in How to get Wood color glaze   
    Sabbir-
    Looks like an iron oxide wash on a cream/tan clay body. Iron oxide and water (can add a little flux if needed), put on bisqued surface and wiped back with damp sponge. Leaves deposit in the texture and takes it off the high points. Doesn’t look like a glaze has been put on over the wash. Fired to mid-fire temps. Oxidation will give you a lighter highlight, whereas reduction will darken them.  Experience/experimentation will tell you how much to wipe back and how to eliminate streaks.
    Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Paragon kiln a-66b not firing to ^6 temp   
    Here is the link to the replacement elements on the Paragon website. May not be the cheapest way to go.
    https://www.paragonweb.com/ELA66.cfm
     
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Toasted look on the edge of glaze   
    Liam-
    Usually sodium or potassium, though other flux materials can also cause the halo. 
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Liam V in Toasted look on the edge of glaze   
    Liam-
    Usually sodium or potassium, though other flux materials can also cause the halo. 
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Toasted look on the edge of glaze   
    Liam-
    Usually sodium or potassium, though other flux materials can also cause the halo. 
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from colekeller in The effects of temperature on slipcasting with darvan   
    Cole-
    If I’m reading Nerd’s reply correctly, it is the casting and time in the molds that is temperature sensitive, not the drying time. I suspect that he may chime in with clarification.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Rae Reich in palladium or mirror-like recipe   
    All-
    Please note that a P100 respirator is a particulate filter for dusts. What is needed is an organic vapor filter. Two distinct filters removing different things. They are often found in combination, but one does not replace the other.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Min in palladium or mirror-like recipe   
    All-
    Please note that a P100 respirator is a particulate filter for dusts. What is needed is an organic vapor filter. Two distinct filters removing different things. They are often found in combination, but one does not replace the other.
    Regards,
    Fred
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    Fred Sweet got a reaction from Hulk in palladium or mirror-like recipe   
    All-
    Please note that a P100 respirator is a particulate filter for dusts. What is needed is an organic vapor filter. Two distinct filters removing different things. They are often found in combination, but one does not replace the other.
    Regards,
    Fred
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