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About Ju00Ls

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    Lancashire, UK
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    Art, Programming and Electronics.

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  1. @jbruce Great stuff! I only mentioned the ground as I couldn't see any ground in your pic, so I thought I would just mention it. Yes, it is such great fun controlling a kiln, the most enjoyable bit for me was the first ever firing, and taking the pieces out the kiln lol, that's a huge cat! the pic is our Russian blue but we also have Siamese. yes, I do tend to "lurk" but only because i'm a bit dyslexic so I don't particularly enjoy reading or writing; thankfully coding and glancing over a few ic datasheets doesn't really count. lol
  2. Great project! I'm really enjoying following along with your progress. Just some comments from an artist (not an electrical engineer); the metal box to me looks very scary if it's not grounded. My kiln draws ~22 amps and I made sure the exposed metal sides of the kiln has a good ground path to earth that will easily dump enough current to allow the main breaker to go. (checkout ground bond testing) It looks like the AC power runs very close to the TC cable? to reduce noise you could try and keep the AC line away from the TC cable and also using a shielded TC cable. The TC
  3. After reading this I created a simple Google Chrome plugin to convert ° F to ° C, it seemed to work on a very basic level but it wouldn't work for all formats like <number>F or <number> F/hr without lots more work. Also, it seems you can't create your own personal Chrome Plugins other than an unpacked version that gets removed every time Chrome is closed :( unless of course you cough up some money to Google to put it on the Chrome Extension store.
  4. Just an update on my controller project; recently I've been adding some extra features like; better programme management and allowing a thermocouple offset value; this weekend I'm going to try and add wifi to it so I can push real-time firing information online so it can be picked up remotely using a smartphone etc, not sure how that will go. [update] I created some c# code on my PC to talk to the wifi module using the modules AT commands, the calls worked out fine, so that part all works; after that I created a simple HTML page which will display potentially the LIVE kiln dat
  5. I will be making it available as soon as it's complete.
  6. yes, I totally agree. I do plan on carrying on with Parian but I need to sort out my kiln first; as it needs new elements and a new base to stand on before I fire again with it. I made a lot of mistakes in my model so i'd like to scrap it and start a new one. Oh, and I need to finish my diy kiln controller project too! there are just never enough hours in the day!
  7. This was my very first ceramic so it's really hard for me to make any comparisons to other materials, but I really do like to work with Parian. The pieces are Charlotte Brontë, Queen and Mandala. Although I like the finish, I was expecting a half-way between a smooth matt to a silky appearance, now whether that's the difference between 1200c and 1240c i've no idea; it would certainly be worth trying the upper temperatures with this version of Parian slip, also I suspect the thickness of material and the type of finish on the inside of the mould would also plays a big part in the o
  8. The bearded man was my piece and the others were my father-in-laws.
  9. well, i don't feel so bad now. I had some controller issues yesterday so I had to swap out my latest (not properly tested) controller back to the old one, which meant I couldn't fire, BUT I did set it going this morning.
  10. 5 months later and I still haven't fired the pieces - lol; but now they are in the kiln and I plan to fire it tomorrow morning before I start work; I will let you know how it goes.
  11. A very aesthetical composition; I especially like the leaf spacing.
  12. tbh this would be my first guess; my wife has worked supporting students across the spectrum and the behaviour described does sound familiar.
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