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  1. So would you say low fire is more porous therefore not as strong?
  2. Is high fire clay stronger and more mold resistant than low fire clay?
  3. New to ceramics and have a few questions. I currently have been working with ^04 bisque and ^06 glaze and low temp clay. I have lots of low fire clay and prefer to use up before getting any more. I mainly make large beads for macrame hangers. I am now making orchid hangers and want to know if the low temp clay unglazed will be a problem. I prefer for the hanger to hold some moisture much like a clay pot. I will also be glazing the edges and probably doing a decorative glaze stripe/coloring on the body leaving much of the hanger unglazed. My concern is low fire vs high . Pros and cons with any advise is trully appreciated. I have LOTS (100's) of orchids and wanted to make some different ways to display them.
  4. My Cress kiln did the same thing. I called Cress and spoke with Arturo. He said to turn the speed control knob around a time or two. Worked like a charm. Thumbwheel rotates now. Now that's rocket science! Lol
  5. Thanks for quick reply! I fired manually for about another 1 1/2 hours before cone bent. Can't wait to see it in the morning after it cools.
  6. More info: it's been firing for about 8 hours.
  7. Bisquing at 04. Kiln sitter switched off. Witness cone still erect. Low fire on slow setting. Small kiln not filled. Should i manually continue to fire until witness cone bends? TIA. Jane
  8. Thanks for sharing. This info seems like it will be very useful as I get more into this new hobby. So much to learn. I am thinking I'll stick with 04 bisquing and 06 glazing until i master it.
  9. Hey Everyone, I'm so glad I found this forum. Been reading it for days now. Simple question here as I'm still figuring out my new to me 1985 (in good condition) small Cress kiln. Last evening's bisque firing was my 2nd attempt at low temp firing. I know what happened to first after call to Cress. Now for my 2nd attempt at bisquing: Timer set for 6 hours, speed control on E. The 04 cone in the kilnsitter did its job and bent (kiln turned off itself) The 04 witness cone did not bend. However, the witness cone is smaller and darker red. The greenware looks like it should after firing. Next time, I'll put an 04, 05 and 06 witness cone in to better gauge the true temp. And set time for 7 hours. My question is: if the 04 kilnsitter cone bent, why didn't the witness cone. Should I have continued to manually fire until witness cone bent? Any advise or thoughts is appreciated. Thanks, Jane
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