So … I am making this torturous (miniature) kitchen sink. I’d like it to be a certain size (give or take some). I made a form to start the hand-building and IIRC, I planned for about 11% (?) shrinkage.
Measuring the form and the two sinks that have been fired gives me an idea of the shrinkage rate. One shrank 8.4%, the other was 10.6%.
They were created:
(a) on the same form
(b) using clay from the same batch (B-mix)
© fired in the same kiln AFAIK, although one was fired twice and one was fired three times.
(d) both air dried more than one week before the bisque firing so they were both quite dry
The one that was fired twice shrank 10.6%.
The one that was fired 3x shrank 8.4%.
While two data points is not a statistically relevant sample, I was surprised that the one fired 2x shrank at a 25% greater rate than the other one.
I’m not complaining, mind you, because either of those sizes is fine for what I’m doing. But the engineer nerd in me is curious about what could create such a significant difference in two parts that were created in an identical manner.