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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-01-26, 10:22pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Wow. A year has passed since this speedbump...

Wow. A year has passed since this speedbump erupted from my creative roadmap.
Given the amount of views it's had since, it would seem I am not the only one with concerns, or at least questions...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-03-10, 5:22pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
This matter is all done. For me, at least. ...

This matter is all done. For me, at least.

I have my money back, thanks to the distributor. They have gone the extra mile for which I am grateful and relieved.

Once we've moved I'll look...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-19, 1:02am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Oh wow, Sam, that's great customer service. And...

Oh wow, Sam, that's great customer service. And acknowledging the fault as well. Honesty is always the best policy, for sure!

Funny you should mention a bit of brick falling off. A tiny piece...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-16, 1:29pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Thank you, Moira :) I hope so, too.

Thank you, Moira :) I hope so, too.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-15, 10:44pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Yeah, wasn't it a process?

Yeah, wasn't it a process?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-15, 6:08pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Thanks, Susan. Yeah, that's most definitely the...

Thanks, Susan. Yeah, that's most definitely the case for so many of us. The only reason I learned to check was because I was using a second-hand china painting kiln for my glass, which didn't have...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-15, 3:28pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Thanks, Rebecca :love: I'll find out, I guess....

Thanks, Rebecca :love:
I'll find out, I guess. I'll definitely ask the question.
I've removed the collar to do a final batch anneal so at least I'll have some useable beads from this whole...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-15, 3:03pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
I was offered a full refund for the cost of the...

I was offered a full refund for the cost of the kiln by the distributor. Hopefully that still stands. Having shipping it back covered would certainly be nice, though. I've spent enough on this...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-15, 2:00pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Well, thank you Mr Howard. Nice to hear from you....

Well, thank you Mr Howard. Nice to hear from you.

As I said above, the variables are huge and of course anyone can make of my testing what they will. All I have reported is my own lonely...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-15, 12:25am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Final Update. I give up. After 600C...

Final Update.

I give up.

After 600C not doing the job (but an interesting development I discovered next morning - more on that below), I tried out a mind-boggling 640C. Which also failed,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-13, 4:44pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Even 600 isn't enough. Well, Paragon did say...

Even 600 isn't enough.
Well, Paragon did say "...or higher". Looks like the annealing temperature reading on the analogue is still not enough to account for the kiln's poor efficacy in that...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-13, 1:22pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Apparently it can be done. However I don't see...

Apparently it can be done. However I don't see the point in recalibrating anything. I think down the track it would lead to all sorts of issues should memory fail or if the kiln is sold.
Best to...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-13, 4:20am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Surprise, surprise. A far cry from the stated...

Surprise, surprise. A far cry from the stated schedule.
The analogue reading is for where the beads go.

Damning either way.
It makes a bit of a mockery of the popular declaration seen so...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-12, 6:50pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Update on testing. I managed to work out a way...

Update on testing.
I managed to work out a way to use the kiln with the "annealing" collar on top without modifying anything, with the help of a fibre board floor, using the base as a lid. Then...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-04, 8:40pm
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By essiemessy
A list of things for each person to add to their...

A list of things for each person to add to their bead which can take whatever form which might take the person in that moment.

Like
1.Make a base bead (round/long etc)
2. Add a flower
3....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-04, 4:23pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
A bit of an update without getting into the...

A bit of an update without getting into the ongoing BS saga re Paragon.

Unfortunately the shorter collar did not work. Not to 540C at least, anyway. I was not prepared to test further given the...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-26, 8:00pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Yes, and yes! LOL

Yes, and yes! LOL
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-26, 7:46pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Hi, Rebecca :) Yeah, it was enough to freak me...

Hi, Rebecca :)
Yeah, it was enough to freak me out, that's for sure! And as it is I've got a thin shelf sitting on the bottom (can't be bothered kiln washing the bottom ;) ) for some heat...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-26, 1:48pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
:lol: Thanks Phil re the photos :) . The very...

:lol: Thanks Phil re the photos :) . The very first firing's very poor results gave me a great picture - so good that I posted it on Instagram as every lampworker's nightmare or something like that....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-26, 1:31am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Thanks, Phil. Nope. Good ol'104. The photo...

Thanks, Phil.
Nope. Good ol'104.
The photo shows the test beads' position in the kiln, the beads, and their respective strain showing after the firing at the schedule supplied with the bead...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-25, 1:51am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By essiemessy
Unhappy Paragon Caldera and 'Annealing' Collar. Not Annealing.

In search of anyone who uses the above for their beads and has checked them for strain.
My brand new setup is simply not annealing. It's not getting hot enough where the beads go, and beads are...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-07-07, 6:04pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Posted By essiemessy
Yeah, that is weird... Here's a copy/paste...

Yeah, that is weird...

Here's a copy/paste of the blurb...

CAUTION! Don't Be Tempted to Recycle an Old Crockpot for Pickle.
Updated on Sunday
... For any length of time, at least.
I...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-07-07, 4:19pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Posted By essiemessy
Hmmm if you clicked the link in the body of the...

Hmmm if you clicked the link in the body of the OP, it should go straight to the album, which is public. The info is at the top of the album, above the pics.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-07-05, 7:40pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Posted By essiemessy
A lovely deep clean.

A lovely deep clean.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-07-05, 4:33pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Posted By essiemessy
I think for this one, it had done a few years in...

I think for this one, it had done a few years in the kitchen before I repurposed it. So I reckon the issue arises with used ones, particularly old ones, as well as storing the solution in it...
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