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  1. pot lifters. you can get them at just about any ceramic supply place
  2. i've used commercial stilts for cone6 pieces, but only small jewelry pieces. the pendants didn't warp and the stilts themselves were fine, but not sure how it'd work for a plate
  3. zygote your blog is one of my favorites! i'm www.muddymomma.blogspot.com. (hope that link works!)
  4. never used these, but check this site. maybe this is what you want? http://www.easyceramicdecals.com/about.php
  5. i'm not as experienced as alot of others here, but i've always bisqued to ^04 and i glaze at ^6. i can't help you w/ the crazing, but i've gotten some crawling lately and so far it's happened where i have 2 glazes overlapped and layered on too thickly. not much help i know but hopefully somebody else can chime in and answer your questions a little better. good luck!
  6. i got my ohaus tripple beam scale w/ tare beam on ebay for under $50 including shipping. not new but balances out and works great. had to buy the weights somewhere else, think i paid around $20 for those.
  7. i've had the same problem for years. the coatings come off quickly, they get scratched no matter how careful you are. the problem has gotten better since i started to NEVER clean my glasses unless there's running water somewhere and preferably soap. i rinse them well and get my hand all soapy and scrub them up under the water. i always use a clean cloth to dry or in a pinch the inside of my tshirt w/ the idea that dirt is less likely to be on the inside of my shirt. (cloth baby diapers work great too) the last few years i've started getting my glasses at costco. they have a 1yr guarantee and will replace your lenses if scratched. so when my year is almost up i take them in for a replacement. only drawback is that you have to have a 2nd pair to wear while the lenses are being replaced in the 1st pair. i'm going on 3yrs on the same pair of glasses and i can live w/ that. if you find another solution i'd love to hear it, i thought i was the only one lol!
  8. thanks for this bill, i may just be in touch sometime! my husband is pretty handy, he's already planning on building me a kiln controller to save the $$ on buying a new one, now i have another project for him. we've been discussing different ideas on how to do it, my main concern being that the kids will be out there w/ me sometimes and i was worried about the fumes. but sounds like what you came up w/ isn't that different than the store bought ones so i'm thinking it should be ok so long as the joints are tight and there's no leakage. how do you keep the extraction box secured to the bottom of the kiln? the envirovent has a spring if i remember correctly. and i'm assuming the air inlet cools the exaust down a bit? i remember my husband being concerned about the heat coming out of there. thanks again for your help, kim
  9. check out this link i found awhile back - http://www.northmainstudio.com/2015862.html i ended up just buying one online instead of taking the time to build one, but this is the one i was planning on building at one time. (decided there were too many other things to be built in my studio and found a good deal on a new one)
  10. has anybody made their own kiln vent? we're in the process of putting my studio into one of the bays of our garage. there's no room for a separate kiln room and i was planning on putting in a kiln vent on my kiln anyway. but i'm wondering if i can make my own vent or would it be better to buy one? i'll be working out there when the kiln is firing, and it's possible my kids would be w/ me too.
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