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RE: Help, help, need fast dry


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 31 2004 - 06:59:17 PDT

Ohh, Sidnie, thank you - I love this idea. Since I share my kiln with another art teacher, this will really help!. Thank you.

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Sidnie Miller []
        Sent: Sat 5/29/2004 5:07 PM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: RE: Help, help, need fast dry

        I know that you could program the whole thing from a 12 hour candeling
        to a full cone 5 firing, but the steps that are built into my
        computerized cone 5 firing are sort of complex--giving a soaking time
        etc. that I don't really understand, so I just set it for 12 hours on
        200 and then it turns off before I get there in the morning. Then I
        just hit the cone 05 program and start. Before I had a computerized
        kiln, I just turned the kiln on low and braced up the lid about 5 inches
        with a brick and left it overnight. Then in the morning I started by
        shutting the lid for 3 hours, then flip up to medium for a couple of
        hours, then up to high till it kicked off. Totally unscientific. I
        really like to load the kiln before the work is dry because it's easier
        to move and also if it breaks, I can slip it back together. Sid
>>> 05/29/2004 5:40:29 AM >>>
        Sidnie, this is great info. I'll have to check our our kiln to see if
        I can alter the rate of temp. increase as you mentioned. To date, I
        simply punch in the numbers for rate of increase for the complete
        firing. Do you heat it for the 2 steps with 2 separate firings? That
        is, after the heating by 50 degrees an hour till 200 degrees, do you
        turn the kiln off and reset the kiln for the actual firing?
                -----Original Message-----
                From: Sidnie Miller []
                Sent: Fri 5/28/2004 6:16 PM
                To: ArtsEdNet Talk
                Subject: Re: Help, help, need fast dry
                I always put the pots in the kiln--I don't care how wet--If they
                really wet and really thick they might not get dry, but I don't
                things that are really thick. I leave them in the kiln on low
                overnight. I have a computerized kiln and I heat it by 50
        degrees an
                hour till 200 degrees. Remember that water boils at 212
        degrees, so
                stay below that. Keep the door open or braced way up to let
                moisture out. When I get to school the next day I kick the kiln
        on and
                shut the door.
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