First October Kiln Firing

It was a bright sunny morning, perfect for the first kiln firing of the season!

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We still haven’t quite unpacked from Burning man…

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Before firing I had to do a bit of maintenance to the kiln, as well as some spot touchups on the kiln shelves.

 

I did two firings, both to a soft tack.

 

Both firings came out beautifully. A couple of pieces needed more firing but all in all I’m please with the result. Here’s the finished product that’s come out of this firing so far…

I’m in the process of putting them up in the Etsy shop as we speak. I’ll post a new pendant each day. 🙂 Two of them are already up.

Until next time! :3

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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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The latest kiln firings…

Yikes, it’s been awhile! Kicking things off with the latest to come out of the kiln. I did three firings over the holidays. I did two soft tack and one medium fuse. These will all be for sale in the Etsy shop.

 
  
  
Super happy with how these turned out! 😀 

Second Firing…

The second batch came out of the kiln and I am so excited! These came out better than I thought they would, and they’re going up in Etsy tonight. 🙂 Or tomorrow morning. I’m kinda tired.

Here’s a comparison of what went in to what came out:

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from the first firing:

There’s a few I didn’t keep track of and can’t find. I’m going to see if there’s a lost and found and hope nobody made off with them. The moral of the story is to initial everything with that neat little pain pen. 🙂

I’m having a blast seeing how things fire and how the colors turn in the kiln. A few prefires I posted in the last entry aren’t up here because they turned into lifeless blobs, and I have decided I dislike the looks of the hard-fused pieces intensely. I don’t like how they lose their shape. So…I’m going to stick mainly to soft-tack firings.

I have some new colors and textures of glass I bought today, as well as another sheet of silver foil, so I’m going to include those in the next batch. 🙂

I’ve taken a bit of a different approach to new pieces and am starting to incorporate lace and ribbon into a new set of chokers. I will be posting my results later in the week. I’m steering towards a lolita look, which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. 🙂 Stay tuned!

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