l rosen on sat 4 jul 09
I have been using a variety of brands from Pottery Supply House ( Euclids)=
and Tuckers for several years at cone 6-- the ones with legs. They are gr=
eat at reducing the mass in the kiln =3D2C improving circulation =3D2Cand =
enting cracks when you have lots of flat work . I am often in this situat=
ion at school . 90 plates do not an even fire make. My setters do warp so=
I would advise no kilnwash so you can regularly flip them. I would also ad=
vise stacking only 2 or 3 tall as the legs splay slightly over time and I t=
hink that extra weight contributes to that ( a splayed leg can cause a top=
pled stack)... though it might be that the legs only began to splay after t=
he initial warping . Even slightly warped they seem to do well with footed =
plates ( I am firing stoneware=3D2C not porcelain). All in all the newer s=
icon carbide ones sound great and those are on my wish list.
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Rikki Gill on sat 4 jul 09
Yes, they are a good idea. They save a lot of space. The ones I have are
flat discs with small extensions, for detachable feet,
giving you options of how high you want the space between to be. I usuall=
just go three plates high, but I can get six plates per shelf.
Two stacks per shelf. The shelf is 12 x 24. I think. Or thereabouts.
Advancers tend to be a bit skimpy.
I have had my setters for several years now, no warpage yet, but you have t=
be careful with them.
I use alumina in my wax and am careful to clean the plate bottoms. I don't
use kiln wash.
Hope this helps.
----- Original Message -----
From: "sean wilson"
Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 6:08 PM
Subject: plate setters... good idea?
Does anyone use plate setters?
Considering a set from Bailey to save kiln space..........but I know
no one who actually uses such equipment.
Your knowledge on this would be appreciated.
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John Rodgers on sat 4 jul 09
I have not used plate setters, though I expect they would be good to use.
I have two Paragons that are 24 inches and will accept 22 inch shelves.
I fire my plates on them. The plates are large, 14 inches, and I fire a
single plate on each shelf. By the time I get them stacked, with a two
inch post between, the internal mass is considerable. This requires a
very slow firing up and cooling down so the heat distribution remains
fairly constant. I learned the hard way that with this load I should
NEVER EVER raise the lid for a peek. I succeeded in breaking every plate
in a full load once - and I won't repeat that mistake. Each plate
cracked in half - straight through the middle.
I fire my plates on clean circular shelves with no kiln wash. I do,
however, spread a very thin layer of alumina hydrate on each shelf
before placing a plate on a shelf. This permits movement during firing
and eliminates the possibility of a plate hanging up during shrinkage
and cracking. The alumina hydrate act like little tiny ball bearings and
allows the clay to move. All my plates have a foot ring and are glazed
inside the ring, so I am very careful about where the glaze line is, so
that no alumina gets into the glaze during the process of firing.
I turn my shelves over after each firing to avoid the warping that seems
to always eventually happen over time, if steps aren't taken.
This is my way - works for me.
sean wilson wrote:
> Hi All,
> Does anyone use plate setters?
> Considering a set from Bailey to save kiln space..........but I know
> no one who actually uses such equipment.
> Your knowledge on this would be appreciated.
> Lauren found her dream laptop. Find the PC that=92s right for you.