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Ya know, I used to do a lot of pate de verre and that required opening my Paragon floor kiln by the top to flash cool pieces, that was about 1200' I have a 3ft long hook and heat proof gloves and glasses but it was still risky. I saw a gal's hair catch on fire back in college when she opened a hot kiln.....the updraft.
Of course I open my SC3 while enameling and that's 1450' but it's a side door.
Sorry, Christine. Hard to switch over once you get going, ha ha.
Thanks Pam, Angela. I guess I'm on the carbon side of things. Not that I like it so much either but I prefer it in this case. BTW, I am using Magic Carbon which I believe works well for this purpose. I also have fired silver clay successfully in it. Your mileage may vary of course...
Wanaree, it should will work. Though, I've only done simple things. If I were doing it, of course I'd do it in carbon anyway...
Evelyn, the top-loading definitely adds a degree of difficulty. But if you plan out your procedure well and take the necessary precautions, I'm sure it can be done safely.
Ooo, Ann, that story is making me even more scared! Once in a while when I'm impatient I open my kiln after firing silver clay at 1650 (when it gets to about 1100) and I don't care for reaching into the glowing heat even though I have welding gloves. Then there's that top to the kiln. I never know where to put it when it's hot like that. It's tricky. That said, I would be game for trying it if I could come up with a method that doesn't risk burning the house down!
The carbon might be good for me to learn to work with because I am also thinking about the sterling clay recipe.
Kenji and Gordon should know!!
I use fiber blanket sometimes... and you know what??? you could just let it cool naturally and then torch it a little...and dunk it in cold water...then torch it again to get the colors...bet that will work..seems like more control!! hmmmmm
Oh and you should have seen the guys in my college classes, late 60s early 70's with the long hair hangin' down.... I always put mine up...but this guy sitting next go me in casting class literally torched off in a wedgie line of his biblical hair...one side of his glorious locks!!! it was a stinky class...ewhhhhh///// The professor told us all to pull our hair back!! Bit it was a private college and It was the age of Aquarius you know:)))))hahhahaha mystic visions and all that...I'm sure he felt 'one' with the torch after that!!!!