August Kiln Firing

Hello world!

I’ve wanted to post this for awhile now, but dying computer plus the memory card going MIA for a bit kind of put it on hold. Anywho, here we go!

Woke up to a very abnormally chilly morning in Mesa, and cracked open the garage door to see…

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What is this madness?!?

…very gentle rain, which is practically unheard of in the summer. If we get rain during this time of year it’s usually the torrential monsoon downpours, complete with lightning, thunder loud enough to set off car alarms, and flash flood warnings.

It was a nice change. It make the kiln cool off quicker. xD

So I shut off the A/C and set up shop in the the lovely messy garage.

 

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One does not simply unpack from Burning Man. 

The first firing of the day was for a soft-tack fuse. Here’s the first kiln shelf layout:

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I’d been experimenting with a lot of frit, as well as some fabulous scraps I got from Hayden Brook Studios on Etsy. (Digression moment: LOVE their scrap! Lots of color and texture. I will be using much, much more of this type of glass).

I use super glue to hold the pieces temporarily together so I can get them from my studio to the kiln without losing anything. The glue burns off clean long before the glass starts to melt, and to vent the fumes I keep the kiln cracked open for about ten minutes, or until the pyrometer reaches 750 degrees.

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Aaaaand roughly 45 minutes later we have results!

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A few of the other pieces are missing from this shot because they didn’t fuse enough, so I added them to the second firing, which was supposed(keyword) to be a medium fuse.

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With this firing I learned that the difference between medium and full fuse can be as little as two minutes. I kind you not. Two freaking minutes. 😛 They fired to a full fuse, which I personally don’t care for, but I like more structured, geometric designs. Some of the above glass just didn’t work, so they got added to the scrap bin(another post for a later time).

Anywho, here are the final results of the weekend’s firing.

Next kiln firing coming soon! 🙂

New Arrivals/Kiln Firing Results

I finally got a spare minute to post how the firing went!
These are what they looked like before…

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And here are the results!

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They’re for sale in the Etsy shop.

These were fired to a soft tack. I’m thrilled the frit held its shape so well!

I’m going to do another batch of these, with the following tweaks:

  • Slightly larger frit for texture
  • Thinner clear cap. The clear I had was super thick, and didn’t fuse into the cap I wanted without requiring a longer/hotter firing, which would kill all the texture I was trying to create with the frit.
  • Slumped bail made from clear glass as opposed to using metal bails, so as not to spoil the composition. 🙂

Up next on the agenda: What to do with all the overfired/fail pieces, and more scrap projects.

Sneak Peaks from Last Week’s Firing

Here’s a sneak peak from last weekend’s firings! What do you think? Let us know!

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New Year’s Picks

New Year’s is quickly approaching! Look your best this New Year’s Eve with these staff picks. These are our favorite pieces in the Etsy shop. ❤ Click the pic to purchase.

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Gold-Plated wire with quartz crystal and faceted glass beads. Size 6 1/2.  $20 USD.

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Gold-Plated wire with quartz crystal and Czech faceted glass bead. Size 7. $15 USD.

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Gold-plated wire with purple Czech faceted glass bead. Size 6 1/2. $10 USD.

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Silver-Plated Wirework Cuff Bracelet. One size fits most. $35 USD. A silver-filled cuff is also available for $45.

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Silver-plated orbital earrings. $8 USD.

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Silver-plated orbital earrings with Czech faceted glass beads. $8 USD.

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Silver-Plated orbital earrings with red Czech faceted glass beads. $8 USD. Also available in Gold.

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Silver-plated orbital drop earrings with Indigo Czech glass beads. $8 USD.

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Gold-plated blue/purple orbital drop earrings. $8 USD.

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Gold-plated wirework ring with Indigo glass bead, size 7. $8 USD.

New Arrivals

Got more orbital earrings up this weekend, in fabulous Fall/Winter colors! 😀

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Here’s a link to their Etsy listings.

What’s in the works this week:

  • More quartz rings
  • A major cleaning out of my studio. It’s a disaster area, like to the point where I can barely function. It’s time to reorganize, get rid of the stuff I don’t use, and make a fresh go of it. ^_^

Clean Slate

Cooler weather is upon us, and now perhaps the bright neons of Spring and Summer and even some of the colorful prints of Fall are starting to seem a bit garish. Fear not!
White is taking center stage as we hit mid-Fall. Clean and classy, white is the perfect transitional tint, providing a fabulous detox and rest for the eyes.
Dusting white eyeshadow along the inner corner of the eye towards the bridge of the nose will make you look more awake and your eyes more open. Avoid the reverse raccoon effect by remembering to blend and keeping application light.
See the corresponding Etsy treasury here.
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Clean Slate by dkei featuring a white eyeliner

Delicious Denim

I’m having a blast with my new Polyvore account! I’m going to use it for future fashion articles. ^_^ 

Fall’s blue trend is continuing. This month it will be shades of denim and indigo blue that will shine in the spotlight, especially in accessories. This is one of my favorite colors, and I’m thrilled I have yet another excuse to make and buy more of it. 
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New Arrivals August 28, 2012

Here’s a summary of the new items in the DarkFire Designs shop. 🙂 To purchase, click on the pic to go to the Etsy listing. 

More of these rings are on the way! 

From top to bottom: Geometric Bubble Gum(size 9), Absinthe Garden(size 7) and Geometric Sun Rays(size 9) silver plated wirework rings, $9.99 each USD. 


Orbit: Citrine and glass pearl silver-plated wirework ring, size 6, $14.99 USD. 


Shades of Gold: Gold-plated wirework ring, size 6 1/2, $14.95 USD.

Framed Silver-plated wirework pendants, $14.95 each USD. 

Coming Soon:
Gold plated quartz rings
More wire cluster rings

Fall Fashion Spotlight: Black and Gold

Black and Gold have always been a luxurioius combination. Gold’s intricate details pop against a noir background. Dark, rich, and elegant, this dynamic duo is back for Fall! 

Bracelet, 12€, L’Atelier De Cerridwen. Purchase here.

Suit, $160 USD, Annie Briggs. Purchase here.

Ring, $70 USD, NYC Jewelry Design. Purchase here.

Studded shorts, $66 USD, The STEEL Age. Purchase here.

Bracelet, $4.50 USD, Jazzy Beading. Purchase here.

Beneficial Minerals Eyeshadow in Gold Mine, $4.99 USD. Purchase here.

A’Dor Nail Polish in Shades, $3.50 USD. Purchase here.

Vintage Dress, $26.99 USD, Rock Candy Vintage. Purchase here.

Shoes, £105.00 GBP(Approx. $171 USD), KezBirdie. Purchase here.


Jewelry Report: Statement Earrings

In the last few years or so we’ve seen cocktail rings, bib necklaces, loaded, chunky charm bracelets, and thick bangles. Statement jewelry is always hot, and now it’s the earrings’ turn. Be it chandalier or shoulder duster, statement earrings are it It jewelry of summer, and are a fabulous compliment to strapless tops and tank shirts, a nice way to make your wardrobe pop if you just don’t feel like wearing a necklace or loading up your arms with bracelets during the dog days of summer. 🙂 

Melody Earrings, AMARENOstyle, price upon request. Amareno-Style.com


Pulsar Earrings, $27 USD, Uniquely Chic. Etsy listing. 

Capacitor and LED Earrings, $55 USD, Techcycled. Etsy listing. 


Golden Sun Earrings, $32 USD, Kica Bijoux. Etsy listing


Diamond Elysia Earrings, $30 USD, Krystal Chains. Etsy listing. 


Art Nouveau Chandalier Earrings, $17 USD, Art of Adornment. Artofadornment.ca. 

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