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I just purchased a new kiln - my first! I unpacked it today and it came with a large piece of fiber paper? I have never seen paper this thick. In the classes I have taken, I have used the very thin shelf paper that turns to dust after firing. I'm not sure how to use the sample that came with the kiln. It's probably about 1/8" thick (or less) and it's very fibrous on one side and smooth on the other. First question - can I use it as is or do I have to pre-fire it? Second question, which side goes "down" toward the shelf and which side goes "up" toward the glass? Next, is it reusable? Lastly, what else do I need to know about it?
Thanks for your help!