The place is strewn with glass shards, plates, bowls, panels and jewellery. I am trying to do a price list for everything as well as writing out labels, price tags and “non dishwasher safe” stickers.

I broke the coffee table panel in half – oh!well! there’s two almost square platters.

I should have about 20 pieces of fused glass, without the unexpected extra square platters, and 12 or 13 necklaces with accompanying earrings and/or bracelets. There is always last minute stuff that I think I will just put together quickly, on the run as it were, just to have some more etc. etc. but I should just stop and relax.

Fired a kiln load (sounds grander than it is – it is only a bead kiln) with a plate, 4 coasters and some dichro jewellery. Have to deal with them tonight because I would like to fire it one more time before Saturday. Maybe I will do two more plates tonight. Who am I kidding? I will actually be very glad when this weekend is over, but it has been a very good exercise and has made me do heaps of work instead of just thinking and talking about it. What is not in the car tomorrow morning dcoes not exist anymore.

Wish me luck!

 

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After an entire day of reading the numbers, setting the pony express controller on my kiln, going to bed with a kiln full of molten glass downstairs in the hands of the angels – this morning VOILA! Three full shelves of mixed reactions!

Top shelf – obviously too hot. Of the four coasters, two had kamikazed. One had spilt its guts all over the brooches beside it, the other one should have reminded me not to use borosilicate stringers in with spectrum 96!  (Duh!! As if you would, says every other glass fuser!) BUT the other two coasters were yummy and the jewellery that survived, was not bad.

Middle shelf – just right! FOUR yummy coasters and some OK jewellery.

Bottom shelf – this was the scientific experiment on the other glass. Worked ok – the general concensus is that the samples devitrified unless they were under clear. But all was not lost because there were ANOTHER four yummy coasters as well!

Other interesting conclusions from the firing – Gold works best ON TOP of clear, not underneath it. Clear crinkly dichro needs to be on glass base, not just the shelf. Next step – get that other kiln going so I dont have to insert a laden shelf of little balanced glass castles (hairspray does not always work as glue) with one hand, horizontally, without bashing into the walls, the pyrometer and the glass on the shelf below! Failure to achieve any of these tasks will cause the gut spilling activity mentioned above!! In my defence, this is all happening in a microscopic bead kiln with the capacity of about a square foot.

Next step – move onto the torch for more Little Shop of Horrors earrings. It has been suggested the range should  be called “Audry Too”!

I guess everyone who does a blog had to start somewhere so today is as good a time as any for me! I have just finished the second bottle of oxygen (two more delivered tomorrow) and have ten Channel coasters completed and ready for firing tonight. In with them I will run some tests on the compatibility of certain float glass with clear 96 which, if they work, will extend my pallette for the Channel images.

I think I am becoming addicted to borosilicate glass – pity it is so expensive – it is so pretty and so shiny, glassy, yummy. A new line of boro glass flowers is emerging – mainly as earrings that have a sort of “Little-Shop-of-Horrors” look. Being boro they should be pretty tough but only the market will tell. 

Well at least this is teaching me to do this blogging!