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A high-temperature oven used to dry, harden and glaze clay and ceramics. They can also be used in smelting and brickworks.

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Kiln elements melting at mid-fire temperatures

I bought an old top loader kiln that was previously used for stoneware (up to 1300°C). The elements needed to be replaced, so I replaced with some Nichrome ones. I purchased three elements each rated ...
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Can I continue/restart firing kiln after error

What is the best thing to do after an error mid-firing? Background: I started a cone 6 glaze firing (honyaki) this morning in the hope I could beat the outside temperature (predicted to get to 31°C (...
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Do kilns get hot enough to fire their own bricks?

Kilns for firing ceramics are lined with firebrick, which are also ceramic. Note that heating elements are often placed in grooves in the walls. However, different ceramics have different firing ...
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Overcoming the 6mm rule in glass fusion

I am trying to pull off glass magic. I am trying to take fine glass frit (System 96) and turn it into thin ~1-2mm plates without bubbles. I have been reading about the 6mm rule and how the glass will ...
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How can one leave internal void cavity in fused glass piece

I am trying to make a solid fused piece that would have a shape in the center. I suppose you could make the shape in the glass with a fuse step and then tact fuse a top and bottom on to it. I am ...
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Kiln elements keep burning out

So, I bought a medium kiln on craigslist for $100. It was old, and my friend and I wanted to upgrade it, so we bought some new heating elements, removed the entire controller-box, bought a ...
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Cheap Pottery Refractory Material [closed]

I am trying to build an electric kiln for firing pottery, so I need a really high temperature. I intend to use kanthanal wire for the heating element. The problem I am facing is the refractory ...
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Is it possible to melt a glass bottle without a kiln?

I've seen these cheese plates, art, spoonrests etc. are made of melted glass bottles. Is it possible to melt these in a normal household oven? Or do you need something like a kiln? If it is possible ...
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How to tack fuse glass frit and keep pores in glass

I am trying to make a glass sheet that is porous and I am looking for tips on my kiln cycle program. I have soda lime glass beads that I crushed into a powder and I am planning on pouring them into a ...
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Are there tell-tale signs that clay will crack when fired?

I understand there are many different kinds of clay, so maybe you could offer advice for clays that will be typical to beginners, or other otherwise buying from common arts stores. I imagine that red ...
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Multi-unit pottery kiln - how hot can it go?

I am inheriting an old electric kiln. It has three stackable heating elements and the data plates on each stacking ring says "Petterson Multi-Unit Kiln", I can't seem to find much about this on Google....
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