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Posted 12 Oct 2012Brent wheels are great but pricey for new and used. That beind said, and not being sure of what your budget is, I'd recommend a Shimpo Clay Boss or Big Boss - between $300-$700. I have both (Big Boss I got frmo an art center that was going out of business for $200, my Clay Boss (Elite) was a b-day gift from hubby) and both can center 25 lbs with no problem - I've never done 50 but the torque on the wheel would suggest it could. The wheel is very quiet, and has a removable pan. If you can, spend the extra to get the optinoal shelf that is attached. It feels awkward at first, but when I'm at my wheel that doesn't have it, I'm at a loss for space. Good luck!
Posted 12 Oct 2012What is the best type of potters wheel to get on a budget? I need to get a motorized one, but I don't know much about them. I'll be doing about 50lb projects or so. Also, when getting a used one, what are things to look for as far as being wrong with it? I just want to make sure I'm not missing something if I can get a used one. Any input is appreciated. Thank you.
Posted 24 Sep 2012I have a manual Paragon kiln with a kiln sitter. I bisque fire at ^08, and glaze fire at ^5 & ^6, and while I'm pretty new to firing on my own, I've had luck with this schedule:
* For ^08 bisque: candle on LOW for 6-8 hours with lid cracked open. Close lid. Set timer (if you have one) for 8 hours. Keep on LOW for 2 hours; turn to MEDIUM for 2-3 hours; turn to High for rest of firing.
* For ^5 glaze I set timer for 10 hours and do low for 2.5 hours; Medium for 2.5 hours; High to shut off (about 3 hours). I always set my timer.
If you are like me and don't have a programable kiln, one thing I would suggest is buying a pyrometer. For about $100, they are a good investment (I use mine for Raku). I turn to HIGH on bisque when it reaches 1175.
Here's a good chart for cone temps: http://www.bigcerami.../ConeChart.html
Posted 24 Sep 2012I checked the Cress manual and it is not as comprehensive as it should be.
I just looked at the manual too. I agree that it is not very detailed.
It done appear that the kiln has programable cone firing available.
MELSF - I would set your kiln to fire to ^5 at the medium fire rate.
Use pyrometric (self supporting) cones 4, 5, and 6 on a tile and position them so they can be viewed when looking through a peep hole.
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