[Clayart] I give up

M Gordon clayart at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 17 14:12:42 EDT 2016

You need to look into glass blowers glasses, they look into hot kilns  
all day long.Mike Gordon
On Oct 16, 2016, at 7:39 PM, Carol Barclay wrote:

> I use a piece of welder’s glass to look into the peep (I bought it a  
> very long time ago- perhaps available at a hardware store? I think  
> I’ve heard that polarized sunglasses might work. but I also want to  
> mention that it is hard on your eyes to have too much exposure, so be  
> quick!
>> On Oct 16, 2016, at 7:00 PM, Deborah Thuman <debthuman at zianet.com>  
>> wrote:
>> Maybe giving up is what I should have done in the first place.
>> After much swearing, gnashing of teeth, and snarling, I finally  
>> figured out how to fire the kiln more or less even. But…. I can’t see  
>> the #)%*)@%@ cones no matter what I do. Tried the mag light. Didn’t  
>> work, but I have a good flashlight in my car. Tried the hairdryer.  
>> Didn’t work. Tried coating a slab of clay with red iron oxide and put  
>> that behind the cones. Didn’t work.
>> So.. this time, I gave up. I have a probe in the bottom peep and the  
>> top peep so I can tell how fast I’m firing. Yesterday, I gave up. I  
>> aimed for the middle of the temp range for ^04. The bottom only got  
>> to ^06, the rest of the kiln got to ^04. So… I’ll keep putting cones  
>> in the kiln so  I can see what I did, but I’m giving up on trying to  
>> see the cones while I’m firing.
>> No, I don’t know what the problem is. I never had a problem seeing  
>> the cones in the gas kiln at the university.
>> Deb Thuman
>> debthuman at zianet.com <mailto:debthuman at zianet.com>
>> https://debthumanblog.wordpress.com  
>> <https://debthumanblog.wordpress.com/>
>> You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
>> Arlo Guthrie
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