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AJK25
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kiln shelf

Postby AJK25 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:46 am

I need to buy a 24" x 24" kiln shelf to fuse glass (5/8" or 3/4" thick). Does anyone know a good place to purchase this?

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby Brad Walker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:05 am

The big issue with kiln shelves is the cost of shipping them, so it's best to find someone close to you who sells them so you can pick the shelf up rather than have it shipped.

Where are you located?

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby AJK25 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:10 am

in chicago.

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby Brad Walker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:20 am

Try Ed Hoy's in Warrenville. Or if there's a pottery supplier near you, ask if they carry a shelf that would work

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby AJK25 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:24 am

Thanks Brad.

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby Michael Stevens » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:48 am

I used a bread stone. as a kiln shelf. where I live there aren't kiln shelves for glass and pottery shelves have too many micro holes

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby AJK25 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:38 am

Thanks!

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby Kevin Midgley » Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:13 pm

The micro holes in kiln shelves are filled with the multiple layers of kiln wash you apply.
Not only finding kiln shelves can be difficult but finding smooth non gouged ones can be difficult.
Potters don't care if they have gouged shelves and the suppliers take little care of their inventory.
The traditional way of protecting the surface of the shelves is to ship them in wood crates with straw between them.
Straw doesn't offer much protection.

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby Dick » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:04 pm

If you are not buying an extruded shelf that has been ground flat, it is a good idea to take a 24" level and inspect them. Most are made so quickly that a lot of them warp. I used to go in person, and sometimes have to sort through 30 to find 1 good one. Don't do it anymore as I use the extruded. More money, but less headaches.

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Re: kiln shelf

Postby AJK25 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:23 am

Thanks Dick.


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