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  1. Thank you @neilestrick, The Kiln is not vented, I just move it near the window (with all windows open) and close the door when using the kiln. I found this on how to build one: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Downdraft-Kiln-Vent/ I'll research a bit more and ask my father for some help (he works in the construction industry). Thank you for the advice! PS: The rug isn't there when using the kiln and the floor is ceramic tile I forgot to mention that
  2. Thank you so much for the articles @Min. Now I understand better. @Callie Beller Diesel thanks for the advice, I'll avoid manganese. Although Im definitely re-assessing my kiln situation (I had it outdoors well protected and now that I moved I don't have much space...) Thank you @liambesaw for the clear message!
  3. Hi @oldlady, I've being trying to get info from the internet but for some reason Im not finding it very easy (that's why im asking it here ^^). Im sorry if the word "Playing" came across as not taking it seriously, it was not my intention. By "playing" I mean enjoying while using these materials and seeing the different results. If anyone could give me a hand with understanding if I can use these materials (Rutile, Ilmenite, Iron oxide and manganese) in mugs, plates, etc. I'd appreciate it
  4. Hi I have a small electric kiln (pic) in my flat, in the "second bedroom" where there is a window to my mini pottery studio (where the washing machine should go) and there, there is a window to a patio. I've been using the kiln and never had any problems but now im thinking... is this bad health-wise? :S
  5. @liambesaw So manganese is suitable for mugs, plates etc? Im not getting if all of them (Rutile, Ilmenite, Iron oxide and manganese) are toxic and not microwave friendly...
  6. So how do people get this effect on mugs, plates, etc. that you can actually use as china? Like this kind... Im trying to research (even asking people in Instagram) but it is really difficult to find any info about it
  7. :O great point @oldlady thank you for the advice! Is wearing a mask enough if I work indoor? Or shall I only do it outdoor? Do you guys know if I make a mug using these “ingredients” if they can go into the microwave? Thank you!
  8. Than you so much @Min & @liambesaw Im going to play this week with Ilmenite, iron oxide and manganese and I'll let you know how it went I was also recommended to play with ashes to get this kind of effects Ill send pics. @Min, thank you so much for taking the time and giving such an extensive reply. It is really useful and motivating! I really appreciate it!
  9. Hi everyone! I'm new in the glazing area and I've a couple of questions I'd like to create this (attached) style of colour (speckled effect) and according to my research I found several ways to get to that: A. With Rutile B. With Ilmenite C. With Iron oxide D. With Manganese My questions are: 1. Can I add any of these directly to the clay before throwing or do I need to add them to the glaze? (I read that Rutile and Ilmenite decant so you need to be mixing constantly) 2. In case I need/can add them to the glaze, can I do it to any white bought glaze (powder)? (I fire in low temperature) 3. What is the effects difference between these options? Oh! I almost forget, I also saw someone using steel wool (he fire it and use the dust of it to make this effect) Did anyone of you tried it before? Would it work in low temp (1000 Celcius)? Thank you SO much! Mai
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