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Topic: Slumped Bottles, FINALLY a success!!!  (Read 8859 times)
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crafty gurll
« on: October 31, 2010 05:32:10 PM »

After trying more times than I want to say, I FINALLY got a slumping schedule down!!!  And kept the enamel label from getting washed out looking during the firing!!!  After a summer of drinking around the old fire, here are some slumped goodness:



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Thanks for looking, C & C appreciated.   Wink
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010 05:50:00 PM »

Would you be willing to share your firing schedule?
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010 06:09:38 PM »

Would you be willing to share your firing schedule?

I won't guarantee it will work, but sure!   Wink  I have a Paragon Fusion 7 and after making sure the kiln was level, I was able to fire right on the shelf.  I did put kiln washed posts near the shelf edges just in case the bottles rolled off, but they barely moved.  BEFORE I leveled it, another story.   Cry  The most important thing I have found is that before each slumping, kiln wash the shelves.  I can get away firing small pendants quite a few times without washing in between, but not with bottles.  Another lesson learned the hard way.  Here's the schedule:

Rate(in degrees)     Temperature(in degrees)       Time(in minutes)
500                                  1100                             10
250                                  1300                              0
Full                                  1425                              10

But once it gets to 1330, I take a peek inside and see what's going on(with safety glasses of course).  The colored beer bottles seem to be ready around 1375, as well as the 3 Olives.  When I have done Corona bottles, those need to get up to at least 1400 to get a nice slump.  Thicker liquor bottles like Absolut fuse at 1425.  Once they look how I want them, I shut off the kiln and crash cool to around 1200.  Then keep the lid shut and let it cool.  A full firing takes a little over 3 hours, and after about 8 hours they can be taken out.

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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010 06:49:04 PM »

They look really cool. what are they used for?
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010 06:58:46 PM »

You did a good job on those. 

Mike
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010 09:16:16 PM »

They look really cool. what are they used for?

They could be a spoon rest, they could be wall art, they could be a candle holder...the list goes on.   Cheesy

You did a good job on those. 

Mike

Thanks!  I was so stoked to finally figure it out!   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2010 03:58:21 AM »

@CraftyGurll: I read somewhere that to keep the bottles from rolling out of position you can put a small folded piece of kiln paper on either side of the bottle to steady it. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2010 07:54:04 AM »

@CraftyGurll: I read somewhere that to keep the bottles from rolling out of position you can put a small folded piece of kiln paper on either side of the bottle to steady it. Thanks for sharing!

I heard that but I am too cheap to buy any!  Do level your kiln though, it really made a difference for me.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2010 02:54:13 PM »

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what are they used for?
I've seen wall clocks made out of slumped bottles...
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2010 03:32:19 PM »

A wall clock would be cool!  Cheesy
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