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MollyMac

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  1. OH thank you Bill! So what brand of clear glaze are you referring to and where can I buy said glaze?
  2. In response to myself (haha) I just found this on Google: "Fire the glaze higher or adjust its formulation so that it melts better and more readily heals surface bubbles. In a slow-firing setting, you may need to soak the kiln longer at maturing temperature to give the glaze a chance to heal itself." - This brings me to another question, can I re-fire this at a higher cone and let the bubbles come out ...without damaging the sculpture?
  3. I brushed it on, 2 coats. It is a deply textured piece, but there has to be more than that - it looks like it's bubbling over the surface too now that I see it up close in that pic. Here is another pic.
  4. Please look closely at the pic I provided. This is a stoneware sculpture with underglaze and I just pulled it out of the electric kiln after putting Amaco F10 Clear on it and firing per instruction at program Slow Glaze. Why do I get this foaming in the crevices?
  5. Okay, just started my class at the art center and my wonderful teacher, sculptor Linda Lewis, here in Des Moines, scolded me as she asked if I pre-heated. Um, no mam. Crap. But then she told a story of a thing she fired for a student with a 12 hour pre-heat and it blasted out a side. Lesson for me now, just slow down and let them dry for a month. Poke holes. hollow out, in the end, it will result in a more quality piece anyway.
  6. To Bill: Yup, I have the manual and it's there. It says either the TC wires are switched (which they are not) OR the board is bad. Oh yes, I have learned hard lessons about sculpture. This slow bisque was a second firing for more underglaze, nothing fancy. Thankfully, this is still under warranty and I will contact them. It has only been fired about 6 times. One explosion which was totally my impatient fault. I had a feeling about this piece that I didn't pay attention to. Please don't scold me, I'm new to this and trying. Thankfully I start my class at the art center in a few weeks and will be able to get some additional feedback.
  7. Thank you! I think this thread is needed about the error codes! Especially this weird E22 E26. The manuals in almost every kiln guide are vague. Yet it happens. I will follow up when I get more answers.
  8. Yup, I have the manual and it's there. It says either the TC wires are switched (which they are not) OR the board is bad. Oh yes, I have learned hard lessons about sculpture. This slow bisque was a second firing for more underglaze, nothing fancy. Thankfully, this is still under warranty and I will contact them. It has only been fired about 6 times. One explosion which was totally my impatient fault. I had a feeling about this piece that I didn't pay attention to. Please don't scold me, I'm new to this and trying. Thankfully I start my class at the art center in a few weeks and will be able to get some additional feedback.
  9. Well, Joseph, seems like you are destined to be my mentor when things go wrong. I was looking for info on that error code E-26 and found this thread. You were in my thread 6 months ago when I had an explosion. So I have had my kiln, Cone Art 22" electric w/a Bartlett V6-CF Series 700 controller since May of 2018. Fired only 6 times, bisque only. As it was coming down at about 600 degrees I got the E-26/E-22. I KNOW the board is dead because the TCs did not switch by themselves. JUST read in the Cone Art manual that the warranty is 2 years!!!!! Oh please say they mean it. But it's Labor Day weekend, now gotta wait......my life is nothing but waiting with all this ceramic stuff......I'll go paint for the rest of the weekend.
  10. I need to renew discussion on this explosion post. I have not fired my kiln in 5 months after the first major explosion. I just did a slow bisque and it was coming down at about 600 degrees then......suddenly the error code E-26!! I think it's a dead board from my research. My question for THIS thread is - what caused this? Explosion damage? Power Surge? I have a Bartlett V6-CF Series 700 that was new last year and only been used a handful of times so far.
  11. Oh my gosh oldlady, you are soo right about lessons! (you MUST change your username by the way!) At some point maybe I will stop "learning" on pieces I spent 25 hours making. I think I am going to make 20 cone-shaped things and just experiment on those. I absolutely must (for my psyche) start ending up with pieces I am proud to show off. I'm getting depressed.
  12. oo very helpful, I'm writing that down in my notebook.I swear, if people only knew what chemistry masters potters are! Puts us weeny sculpture fairies to shame. At least it does me.
  13. Ha! Any mac n cheese is good, I get it. Newbie question, is flux the same as frit? Can't keep all this glaze lingo straight. I have been focusing on sculpture work, not the glaze yet and I'm finding it sorta confusing. For simplicity, I have been using velvet underglaze, but really love all the layering and washes I see on sculptures, so I want to head in that direction. This is a photo that was small enough to post here, piece of a sculpture that I did a while back. I did use some underglaze wash.
  14. I have heard of this 50/50 wash somewhere, didn't know what the 50 was. I could just leave out the glycerin.
  15. YES, in a class I took a while back, the teach had some sort of black wash that was NOT underglaze. Not sure why, I think she said that underglaze (she used velvet) didn't wipe off as easily so the effect wasn't as nice.
  16. I have read this thread and looked at the links but am still confused. Part of my problem is I can't understand the shorthand info yet. I do stoneware sculpture, fired multiple times between 04-08 ish. I want a WASH that is applied after bisque that will bring out the texture. I have both a black mason stain powder and a copper oxide powder (black). Now what? Add water only? ??? I just need a simple wash I can keep in a jar in the studio. After washing, I would fire again, maybe add more underglaze, etc. These pics are NOT my work, but examples of wash I like:
  17. Just curious is this forum includes sculptors also or is there another forum for them? Although there is a lot of crossover info that's good, sometimes the issue might be something like working on a standing figure, how to fire with armatures, types of glay, firing temps, construction issues, using paperclay for fingers, etc.
  18. MollyMac

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    OHH soooo beautiful!
  19. When I was doing work in a class, I took it for granted that my pieces never exploded. I was a huge risk I never knew! But that proves to me how great a knowledgeable kiln person can be. Now that I have my own and am new, I'm making lots of educational mistakes! This one, NEVER AGAIN I hope. Just hope I didn't kill any of my kiln insides.
  20. I ordered some new attachments for my shop vac last night. Also, coughed all night from just a small clean up and not wearing a respirator!
  21. Yup, big piece was final drying in kiln for 2 weeks, forgot to preheat!!!
  22. Just thought I would post a pic of my electric kiln explosion in a bisque fire! I have (had) 3 sculptures in there, ONE big one turned into a literal BOMB, ruined the other two, but NONE of the pieces you see here are from the other two, they were in tact. I just can't believe what I see! I am new and this has never happened to me. Are all explosions this violent??? Jeeeez.
  23. Aint it the truth, just wish it weren't such an expensive lesson!
  24. Ideas? Love this effect. Slip/underglaze/oxides ??? I am still a beginner sculptor, a real glaze beginner, but I want to head toward this idea!
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