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« on: October 15, 2010 01:24:23 PM »

Hello.
I use a microwave kiln and all of my pieces end up having the design of kiln paper on the bottom. Is there a way to get rid of the design or make it not happen? I sand then with sandpaper but I seem to be getting nowhere. Any tips would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 07:13:56 AM »

Can you post a picture?

The kiln paper is supposed to provide a smooth surface to the bottom, however, if your kiln shelf is not smooth, that will affect the bottom surface.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010 08:32:00 PM »







Sorry if these pics are huge and bad quality. I had to use my cell phone.

You can't see it too well but you can tell that there is a texture. it looks like little dots/squares.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010 01:59:29 PM »

Does the paper have a texture? Does the kiln shelf (or whatever the bottom surface of the kiln is) have a texture? One thing you might try if you have a kiln shelf is to use kiln wash. Once applied, you'll have to wait for it to dry completely before using and it will have to be reapplied periodically. If there is a texture on the kiln shelf itself, the kiln wash should fill it in and make a nice smooth surface. You can fuse directly on the kiln shelf.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010 07:22:29 PM »

I forgot to mention that it is a microwave kiln and specifically says dont use a kiln wash. Thanks for your advice though.

The paper has a texture on both sides.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010 01:54:22 PM »

I would definitely try a different type of kiln paper then. I use Bullseye's--it's expensive, but I get good results. Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010 03:22:43 PM »

Thanks! So far I've just used the kiln maker's brand. I'll have to explore other ones.
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