Ok Clay Kids,
Got my new bead rack... works like a CHAMP for greenware... however there seems to be a small glitch when the pendants are glaze firing. They STICK to the Metal bar. I have been able to get three pieces off.. one is like welded to the bar. I don't know if making the pendants larger would help...grrrrrr.
It's probably the glaze melting onto the bar, unfortunately. If you put a bit of kiln wash either inside the beads or on the racks, it will help. But I'd definitely recommend you clean it off each time so fired kiln wash doesn't get on your beads in the next load.
You can probably break off the stuck bead and then use a Dremel tool or some Wet-Dri sandpaper to get the glaze off the bar.
Hey Deb. Yes, kiln wash the the metal wire that you are hanging the pendants from. If your rack is like mine they kind of warp over time too, but using bead release or kiln wash will help. I used to make lampworked glass beads, so I always had graphite bead release here and that works better since it is specifically made to release from the bead mandrel when you are doign glass beads. Works great with ceramic beads.
Deb I unfortunately don't remember where I got it. If you google lampworking supplies/ bead release I think you will find it. It comes pre mixed which is great. Use it on the metal rod you are hanging your pendants from in the kiln.
Random question--I'm starting to make buttons, little 1/2 inch and bigger ones. Would I be better off hanging them on a bead rack to fire? (I don't even know if the holes are too small). I've never seen a bead rack. Or, just lay them all flat on the shelves?
Are you glazing both sides of the buttons? If so and you lay them on the kiln shelf then you take a chance of the button sticking to the kiln shelf. If you have any stilts I would getly lay the buttons on the stils.
I looked online and HOBBY LOBBY in Fredericksburg carries the Bead Release. I think we are headed down there tomorrow to get corn for our beloved wild deer.. so I think I'll pop in there and get some. Keep your fingers crossed that this one carries it!
Vettegirl when I used to do buttons, I hung the smaller ones on the bead rack wires, and the larger ones I stilted. Never had any luck with getting them off the kiln shelves when they were done otherwise. Since I used to make glass beads, I had steel mandrels in all sizes and I used the smallest diameter to hang the buttons on.
Thanks, I originally planned to leave the bottoms unglazed so I could set them on the shelf (well, actually I take them to a pottery place and they fire my stuff for me) so however they do it. But if they have bead racks or if that would work that would be great and I could glaze the whole button.
I guess I will have to ask them how they would fire buttons.
I got the last bottle of Bead Release at Hobby Lobby! I put it on 4 bead rack rods. The bottle is small so I only dipped a small portion of the rods in the bottle. . It is pretty thick and doesn't run like I thought it would. Is it possible to brush it on the rods?