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      Hulk

      Nice
      Is that rutile green over off white clay?

  2. Hi everyone!

    New to the site and looking for advice please. I have just bought an old Phoenix 38 and wish to replace the thermocouple. it is very thin and I can't seem to find a replacement for it. Can I make one or does anyone know where I can buy one?

    i'd really appreciate some help!

    1. Hulk

      Hulk

      Hi Hivvie!

      You might get more responses by posting to the forum topic for equipment.

      If you can also post a picture of the kiln and thermocouple, that might help.

  3. Hello, I was wondering if I have a kiln that goes up to cone 6 as the max then would it be fine if I use cone5-6 clay? I'm pretty new to all this so maybe it's a simple answer but I don't want to overwork my kiln ( i don't know if that's the correct term for it). 

    Thanks.

    1. Hulk

      Hulk

      Hi Soup!

      Perhaps you might move your question to Studio Operations and Making Work topic - might generate some discussion there.

      Typically, new kiln will be able to reach its max rating, but at cost of more rapid wear on the elements; for cone 6 work, a kiln rated for cone 10 would be more suitable.

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  4. New kiln was shipped today.

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      Hulk

      Good-oh!

      Hope you thoroughly enjoy your journey to modern kiln land Pres.

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  5. Hi All y’All…Just wanted to let you know that I’m going in for hand surgery in a couple of hours to fix a trigger finger and maybe another potential problem call Dupuytrens Contracture…I’m expecting all to go well, but may not be at the keyboard for a couple of days and the clay for about a month...we’ll see…

  6. Kiln all loaded and ready to go in the morning. My first electric fire!

    1. Hulk

      Hulk

      Best wishes for great results!

      I've been bumping up to 200F the night before, then skipping right through first ramp the next day - gets me to tea on time.

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  7. I burnt hand in the kitchen again! I'm getting a set of protective raku style gear for the kitchen :angry:

    Plus its such a bad time to have an injury!

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      Hulk

      Hope you feel bettrsoon terrim!

         ...soak that pot, soak it goood

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  8. Hi Donna!

    May I suggest you post your question to the "Studio Operations and Making Work" forum?

    http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/forum/22-studio-operations-and-making-work/

    A couple thoughts

      Did you have cones at same level as the thermocouple? Expect there to be warmer and cooler places...

      Do you have an idea how fast the temp was rising the last hour or so? Note that the cones bend at lower temps when it's taking longer to get hotter - shoot for 2237F for cone 5.5 when the rate is 270F/hour

     

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    1. Hulk

      Hulk

      Each of the three columns is a different rate; to reach cone 5 where the rate is 27F/hour, stop at 2118F.

      If the rate is much faster, e.g. 270F/hour, then take it up to 2205F

      Your cone 7 will bend at 2194 if there's enough "heat work" (iow, slow rate).

      I've fired one glaze load in my home kiln; I overfired on account o' my thermocouple reads a bit low, and my rate is slow as well...

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  9. making stone ware more plastic for the wheel?  Mine is cracking, alot, when I try to stretch out a bowl, after I have rolled a texture on it? The stone ware was mixed, following a recipe, and I am doing fine with simple bowls but when I faceted one of my attempts and tried to stretch it i got alot of strecth cracks?  My clay feels fairly soft and it was easy enough to center and pull. My sides were between 1/2" and 5/8", before I faceted with a cheese cutter. I cut slabs that are a little less than 1/8" thick.  When I tried to strech it into the bowl shape with 5/16" sides, it cracks and splits?  Any tricks?

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      Hulk

      Hi Michael!

      At the top, select "Browse" then "Forums" - there are perm topics there, e.g. the aforementioned http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/forum/23-clay-and-glaze-chemistry/ topic

      Also note the "Activity" tab, which be helpful to browse the recent activity...

      Whaal, I'm headin' out for a bike ride, then an afternoon in th'studio, practicin' throwing, trimming yesterday's...

      ...and wondering why me turned red :o

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  10. making stone ware more plastic for the wheel?  Mine is cracking, alot, when I try to stretch out a bowl, after I have rolled a texture on it? The stone ware was mixed, following a recipe, and I am doing fine with simple bowls but when I faceted one of my attempts and tried to stretch it i got alot of strecth cracks?  My clay feels fairly soft and it was easy enough to center and pull. My sides were between 1/2" and 5/8", before I faceted with a cheese cutter. I cut slabs that are a little less than 1/8" thick.  When I tried to strech it into the bowl shape with 5/16" sides, it cracks and splits?  Any tricks?

    1. Hulk

      Hulk

      Hi Michael!

      May I suggest posting your question to "Clay and Glaze Chemistry" forum topic?

      Several o' the regulars here might be able to help - could you include your recipe and ingredients, as well as process for mixing?

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  11. Have to cancel my next weekend art fair due to broken elbow  1st canceled show ever

    (cracked radius bone)

    I was in my old apple tree when a 5 inch limb broke and I fell about 7 feet.1st ever broken bone.Two weeks in sling no clay for at least a month. kiln is firing last glaze fire now.just coming to terms with this setback

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      Hulk

      Best wishes for rapid and complete recovery!

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