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How to Write a Firing Schedule

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I give this tutorial to all my students when they attend class. Many tell me it has been the most helpful explanation they've ever gotten for writing firing schedules. I thought I'd share it. Hope it's helpful! Firing Schedule Tutorial for Fusing Firing schedules are made up of various segments and within those segments, three steps; Ramp: (the rate per hour at which the kiln heats or cools). Try to think of this in terms of miles per hour. If you are traveling 300 miles and are going 50 miles an hour, it will take you 6 hours to get there. If you...

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Tip of the Month: Have a bunch of unwanted projects, here's a way to put them to good use!

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I don't know about all of you, but every once in a while I will fuse a project that just doesn't turn out the way I wanted it to, and there it sits forever on my "let's wait and see what I want to do with it this" shelf...

Time to make frit balls! Here's how to do it, including a firing schedule. Read on for more...

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Tip of the Month: Create a Spray Booth!

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Find an area in your studio that is enclosed on all but the front side. I have a shelf nook made out of melamine that I've hung a shower curtain in front of. You could use a sturdy large cardboard box, or construct a plywood box covered in shelf liner...
Read more on how to use a spray booth to spray on kiln wash so the backs of your slumps will be incredibly smooth.

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