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I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on removing a large item from raku firing that looks a bit too heavy/awkward to use tongs on?

im going on a day course and it’s the piece I want to raku but would be gutted if it can’t come out with tongs. Instructor said could give it a go. 

Anyone tried wrapping a piece with that heatproof wire and lifting it out ?





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3 hours ago, neilestrick said:

With 2 people, one uses tongs on the rim to hold it steady, the other uses a flat shovel underneath to pick it up and carry it. The tong person can tilt the piece to assist getting the shovel under it. Teamwork!

And practice removing it from a cold kiln before you start.

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