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About RebeccaC

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  • Birthday 04/09/1958

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    Far NE Texas, USA
  • Interests
    wheel thrown pottery, dogs, horses, outdoors

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  1. Hello, Jays. Yes, I've got a recipe for glaze using human ashes, and will keep that in mind. Have been tossing the idea around for a long time, but when I ran across the Parting Stones, it appealed to me, more so than the glaze. Min posted a link (above) for the Parting Stones, there's a video that explains it. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for your reply, Kristina. I will be trying this at some point. Right now, all my equipment and all my potting tools, everything is boxed up and stacked up in my hubby's shop. We recently moved back to Texas; a shop for me is next on the build list, we're waiting for the rain to slow down so dirt work can be started to pour a slab. So glad you expressed your interest in the parting stones. I don't feel so silly for bringing it up. Will post pics when I finally get to this. Thanks!
  3. Thanks, Min. I actually have some Cornwall Stone, bought it to mix up a glaze I wanted to try. Got a local suppliers last 11 lbs. of it. The kaolin, I'm hoping will be the EPK I have? I lost my parents 20 years ago, both in the year 2000, and still have my portion of their cremains, which myself and my two siblings split. I have an almost new L & L kiln that is rated for Cone 10, but have only fired it a couple of times, no higher than cone 6. So the cone 7 or 8 you suggest is doable. Hubby and I just moved back to Texas, so I am without a place to make pots until he gets my studio built, soon. Meanwhile I'm hunting for new ideas and techniques to try. I've been throwing pots on the wheel for about 4 years, just got into making my own glazes last year before we moved. I'm sure looking forward to potting again. Thanks, again. Rebecca
  4. Hello, all. I've been a longtime lurker and faithful reader on this wonderful forum. Have learned so much from reading, and while waiting for my husband to build my new pottery studio, I"m spending lots of time here, gathering up ideas and more info on everything. My question is in regards to a post I read earlier, about "parting stones", produced by a company that charges way more money than I have to spend. The parting stones are made using cremains, and some other material (someone on here guessed dental material), resulting in a smooth stone for remembering a loved one. I have stoneware clay, buff and white, and ashes from each of my parents, and am interested in making my own parting stones to share with my brother. Would I be able to mix the ashes with clay, and make my own? I'm not at a point in my knowledge base to make any assumptions, and have read in the past that ash is a flux. Is adding ash to some of my stoneware clay going to make a puddle in my kiln when fired to cone 5 or 6? Is this whole idea ridiculous? Is there a percentage of ash that I should stay below to mix into my clay to avoid any kiln disaster? If all this is not feasible, I'll go back to the idea of a Black Friday type ash glaze, and make my brother and I a pair of mugs. Thanks in advance for any help with this. You guys are great! Rebecca
  5. Thanks for the reply, Linda. In the summer here, it sometimes gets over 100 degrees, and even with opening the two 6' doors, and running a room pedestal fan, I sometimes put a really small fan pointed directly on the controller. I do worry about the heat, and don't want to fry the electronics! Thanks, again.
  6. Thanks for the help! I'm not always sure about the validity of some of what I read on the internet, and wanted to double-check.
  7. I live in SE Oklahoma, and the nights here lately have been running in the mid 20's temperatures. My question is: do I need to "warm" my new L & L kiln controller/panel before starting my bisque firing in the evening when the temp is dropping? The slow bisque program runs about 13 hours, and I'm adding a 2 hour pre heat. Seems I read about this "warming" idea somewhere once, and am not sure if it is really necessary for the electronics on the control panel. My kiln is situated in a small 2 car garage/building, concrete floor, metal sides and roof, no insulation, and plenty of ventilation. I also run the automatic vent that came with the kiln. I am not fond of the idea of a space heater running just for the controller, but will if needed. Any thoughts on this? Thanks for all the help. RebeccaC
  8. Neilestrick: Thanks so much for your reply! I knew there had to be another solution that I hadn't learned about yet. It looks like the Bartlett controller will work pretty much like the existing one I have, and hubby (he's a retired civil engineer with an extensive background in electricity/electronics) thinks it will work, also. This is a life-saver, for my kiln, especially.
  9. Hello all. I've been a lurker for a while on this forum. Lots of great folks, and lots of great info! My reason for posting is this: I've acquired a used Paragon kiln, a TNF 243, from a school district. It's seen a fair amount of use, but is not on it's last leg. Best I can gather is it's about 7 years old. Bricks are all still good, elements are testing out just fine as far as we can tell. None of them were bulging, or were broken. It has a digital controller, the Sentry 2.0 12-key, which sort of worked at first, but then went south. The last time I fired it, the controller board had a bit of smoke coming from it. The transformer has been replaced, as have the 3 relays. The wiring has been gone through thoroughly, connections were checked, and it all seems to be in order. The wiring coming in for the power has been done correctly, and is run according to code, so I have the correct 50 amp breaker and plug receptacle for the kiln. So, since I've sunk a considerable amount of money into this kiln on top of what I paid for it, I'm considering replacing the controller box with one of the PID controller kits that I've seen on the internet, and actually first heard of on this forum in another post. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of set-up, and how well does it work? I'm going to have to choose between spending a couple hundred dollars for the PID set up, or buying a new controller board for about $350.00. I really like the idea of a digital controller, and was disappointed when this one failed so spectacularly. Any input/suggestions/help/tips/pros/cons would be greatly appreciated. Hubby thinks the PID controller will work, but is just a bit unsure about wiring in the 3 relays, as the wiring diagram that the seller sent is only showing one relay. Thanks in advance! ​Rebecca
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