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About sparklingmango

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  • Birthday 01/01/1994

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  1. I've been waiting so long for a dry day here in the UK to do some firing outside! It's raining all week :'(

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    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Why can't you fire it inside?

    3. sparklingmango

      sparklingmango

      I'm so jealous of you guys in sunny california and arizona :( i cant fire inside because i dont have a garage and i have indoor cats!

    4. Chilly

      Chilly

      Today is the first real rain we've had for about 6 weeks. Annoying, because I had lots of cycling learners, that have all postponed. Not really complaining, the garden pots need the rain.

  2. So it's back to University today. My faience pieces get submitted next week and I have to do a talk to the class and lectures about my research. Thank you to the Ceramic Forum for all your help and advice!

    1. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Good luck, hopefully they will all be impressed with your faience :D

    2. sparklingmango
  3. I kind of used your firing cycle. I modified it a bit though, 0-1 hours to 1 then 2, 0-2 hours to 6 and then 7. high temp then cool down. Total firing 5 hours and a half here are the results, much better than the first
  4. Very successful Egyptian faience fire today yahooooo :D:D

  5. hahaha i know right, it is crazy!! I was told to do 900 degrees and then drop to cool down at 100 degrees, but i dont really know what that meant. so, i just went a bit crazy with the first attempt to see what it would turn out like. my main objective was to get up to around 900 degrees and then just slowly drop it down and bring it up again, i have recorded it so much because i do not have a controller and for future reference (too improve the firing cycle!) ok, awesome, i shall try this way. i was hoping to create something like that, i just need to experiment more. I shal
  6. Ok, I shall try and reply to all! Sorry I'm an Egyptologist, so I am not very good with this chemistry/ceramics shizz, so you'll have to bare with me Volume = weight It was my first time firing, so this was an experiment if anything. Here I will attach a link of a table I created of the firing pattern. Please see for more info. It was stopped with 3 hours left. (hense why it doesnt go to the end...) Yes, in the Egyptian recipes they did use some sort of clay. I got this recipe from a PhD Dr who is an expert in Egyptian Faience so I know that pretty much it is correct. Plus, the first f
  7. Because of my equipment I could not control the temperature. I could only read it and change the dial of my infinity switch. These pieces were fired at a total of 6 hours out of the 9 hours, I stopped this at 6 hours because they looked like they were about to crack. Also, they had not changed a lot from 4 hours in. I started to fire them at 900 and every hour, I dropped this temperature and then put the temperature back up again. CHEMICAL FORMULA PERCENTAGE VOLUME SILICA SiO2 87% 90g SODA ASH Na2O
  8. Hello all. I put my Egyptian faience pastes into action yesterday and using my kiln for the first time. I was wondering if anyone could give some advice. The paste I fired was around two months old, and I left them dry for a total of 72+ hours while they create an efflorescence crust. My pieces were fired for around 6 hours, and I dropped the temperature from 900-700 degrees three times to allow the alkaline to fuse. However, the glaze on my piece did not come out as thick as expected. I think this is because the paste was not "fresh" and because I left it dry for too long. Most of the
  9. I have spent the last 3 nights up till the early hours researching kilns and firing cycles. Bloop!

    1. Cavy Fire Studios

      Cavy Fire Studios

      Welcome to ceramics addiction anonymous. :D

    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      It is a vicious cycle. The more you know the less you know the more you need to know.

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Welcome to our lives. Next up: trying do decipher glaze chemistry, which you've already touched with that whole Egyptian paste thing...

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