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Pit Fire Clay

Pit firing is a very old methodology for firing clay. Because of the different materials that is can be used since fuel, the fire in the pit will generally burn at different temperatures. These distinct temperatures give different results to the clay. Where the fire is hot, the surface regarding the clay will be whitish. Wherever the fire burns cooler, the surface will be black. Since it is not possible to evenly control the temperature on the pit, here is no predicting the way the finished pieces will appear. Every piece will get their own naturally developed beauty .

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


things you'll need:

1 Permit your clay pieces to dry thoroughly previous to firing it. You will procure better results with pieces that are completely waterless.

3 Series the pit in several inches of sawdust. Wear a medical mask, if you desire, to watch over yourself from the dust. The parts of your clay pieces in direct contact by the sawdust might finish up deep black in color.

4 Pack your pieces into the pit. Leave spaces among the pieces to permit room with heat to reach all sides. Arrange your bits in different directions and positions so you get different effects on each and every bit.

5 Pour the copper around your pieces if you need the clay to have different colors. Set on your gloves to protect your hands as the copper is toxic. The medical mask will in addition aid to secure you. Copper can add many colors from reds, to blues, to orange. Add an equal amount about salt to help through the color formation.

6 Pile more combustibles on top of the clay bits. Use additional sawdust, newspaper plus other delicate combustible materials. The softer materials will help save your pottery out of the heavier and harder bits you will add on top.

7 Lay wood pieces, charcoal also any additional hard also heavy combustible pieces gently into the pit. Thoroughly fill the pit, even piling wood on higher other than the best of the pit.

8 Light the combustibles from the pit in several places so that the fire starts to heat up evenly. You can employ lighter fluid to procure your fire burning faster by means of pouring it uniformly around the pit. Expect the flames to rise several feet over the pit.

9 Allow the flames to burn lower and therefore deal with most of the pit with the corrugated metal sheet. Allow the conclusions regarding the pit to remain open so that that a condensation remains created to assist the fire burn warm. Leave the fire to burn, therefore to smolder and , finally, to neat on thems own. Depending on how hot the fire is it can take on 18 to 24 hours, or even longer, for the total process.

10 Uncover your pit. Check to make sure the ashes at the bottom of the pit are cool before entering the pit. Carefully remove the fired clay bits and brush off each remaining ash with the tender brush.


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