Ooh, look, I've started a new topic in Show 'n' tell. I'll be headed back to the newbie area after this, it's much safer.
I got fed up with pandora, it promises so much but I couldn't get it to achieve. So, the appliance of science.....
Can I write this up like a science prac from school?Aim
: to get pandora to 'work'Method
: using a single rod, make beads and sit them for varying lengths of time in the kiln. Kiln preheated to 500°C, first bead made at 11.15, then make another bead at approx 30 min intervals. (getting bored yet? wait for the results). Skip to the next ramp hold etc at 5.45, heat to 520°C and hold for 30 mins then cool slowly.Results
: here they are!
From left to right they had 6.30 6.00 5.30 5.00 4.25 4.00 3.25 2.55 2.00 1.30 0.55 (hours.mins) at 500°C (followed by 15 mins heating to 520, and 30 mins at 520 before cooling)Conclusion
: Don't over cook them or they go to bird poo, but they only need about an hour. But these are only tiny beads and not combined with any other colour and not encased.
And a big BUT
. I peeked. Just before the school run (which is why one didn't go in at 3.15), so about 3 hours 45 mins after the first one went in. It was that nasty brown colour. So thinking scientifically again that means the first 6 should all be nasty brown colour.....Or amybe the alignment of the planets does have some effect, or the wind coming from the north?
But I had fun!