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Posted 5 Oct 2012I have an electric kiln; the first thing I did after plugging it in was make a kiln god to watch over it. He sits on a shelf on the wall right behind the kiln. Thus far, all firings have gone well on his watch! (Though I just now realized he doesn't have eyes...)
Posted 16 Jun 2012
Posted 16 Jun 2012I then place the form into one of the molds I made from housing insulation. The mold allows the form to set up. At medium leather hard, I add three feet -- which allows me to glaze the entire leaf. The smaller hostas -- after I form them, I set them on some egg-crate foam to set up.
I love the idea of using housing insulation! I use it when I screenprint, but it never occurred to me to make molds out of the stuff; it's so carve-able. Thanks!
Posted 4 Jun 2012Hello everyone! I am an amateur potter (novice on the wheel, decent with hand-building) looking to start a home studio. I saw an ad in the paper for a Skutt KS 1027 for $100 bucks. At the time I thought, "this is probably the best deal I'll ever get so I better jump at it!" When I got to the sellers house, she told me it was her deceased sister's kiln and she really didn't know how to turn it on, much less if it worked. Well, me being a sucker for a good deal, I bought it. Now that I have it home, I don't know what to do with it. It had been sitting under a shed but the inside looks to be in tact (only a few cracked/crumbled bricks) and I did go ahead and order a new bottom slab from Skutt because the old one had huge cracks in it. I got my step-dad to put it in his warehouse that has a 220 hookup and its plugged in. I guess what I'm asking is, what should I look for to see if it works once I turn it on. I don't want to just turn it on and put a load in and cross my fingers. I live in a very small, southern town where there are no "kiln repairmen" or art community for a couple hundred miles. Can someone give me a few pointers. I have only ever loaded a kiln. I have a few youtube videos and I do have a .pdf skutt manual, so I can figure out how to operate it, once I know that it works.
thanks for any advice in advance
Skutt also has fantastic customer service on the phone in my experience. They could probably help you with anything unclear.
Posted 1 Jun 2012Wow! It never occurred to me to try shellac or wax. I can't wait to try them both out; thanks everyone for posting ideas.
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