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r.e. back before kilnsitters...

updated tue 3 jul 07


Snail Scott on mon 2 jul 07

>Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 08:40:25 -0500
>From: Jeremy McLeod
>Subject: Back Before Kilnsitters...
> old .85 cu.ft., 110v, Evenheat 1210 "china painting
>kiln" being given away...just has three switches on it's side and nothing that looks
>like a kilnsitter...There is a large peephole...

>I'm wondering if someone can give an educated estimate for a fireing
>schedule to reach ^04 with a small kiln like this one?

Witness cones work very well for these kilns.
However, china painting is generally executed at
temperatures around ^020 or thereabouts. Trying to
use this nice little kiln to hit ^04 just sounds
like abuse, and if it does work, it won't last for
long that way. It would work just dandy for
enameling on metal, glass fusing, and low-temp
overglaze firings, (including china paints!), so
why not use it for that, or swap it to someone that
will. Glass fusing is very popular right now, and
someone will snatch it up for sure. (Glasswork is
easier when the kiln has a controlled slow-cool
function, but a manual kiln can still be made to
serve, and a pyrometer helps.)

In the meantime, why not take up enameling? or
china painting? Some dude named Paul Lewing just
wrote a nice book on china painting, and some
older texts treat both crafts together in one

Of course, a bigger kilns will also work for china
painting, though a small one will give quicker
turnaround on experiments. Enameling on metal
(like most other glasswork) needs close observation
of the work itself to determine proper temperature,
and a small kiln with a peephole is just what's
needed. And unlike other glasswork, enameling
needs no controlled cooling cycle.