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  • #9593
    EclecticTreasures
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    I just cut out a set of “Christmas” trees and some “packages” (square shapes) that I want to wire wrap as ornaments. I want to fire the pieces just to get smooth edges. Should I fire at slumping temperature, use a higher tack fuse temperature or ??? Any/all suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks for your help!

    Barb

    #12091
    Stephen Richard
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    To get the rounding of edges, I go to fire polishing temperatures.  I don’t know how that fits with your temperatures.

    Stephen Richard

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    #12092
    wordana
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    Slumping temps will not round the edges — they’ll still be fairly sharp. Take the temp to somewhere between 1350 & 1500 deg (yes, that’s a wide range) and fire for a short period of time. 5 minutes at the upper temp should do it, or a little longer at a lower temp. If you have a peep hole the watch the progress, all the better :)

     

    Dana W.

    #12093
    Becki
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     You’ll have to take them higher than slump temp but I don’t go any higher than 1400  to avoid distortion.

     

     

    Becki

     

    #12094
    EclecticTreasures
    Participant

    I did some experimenting before I got your feedback. I did a firing at 1325 for 10 minutes and it had no effect on the pieces. So I tried 1375 for 18 minutes (my “soft fuse” schedule) and they turned out great!

    Your comments have verified my experiment – so thanks so much!

    Barb

    #12089
    thomas decker
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    just for what it’d worth since all kilns are different I like 1365 degreed for about 12 min.  workes well for me.

    #12090
    blamdimond
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    I had tried 1345 with no success, but was very sucessful at 1365.  My kiln is very small, so I only held for about 5 minutes.

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