Thursday, 1 March 2012

Fresh from the kiln

Glass tiles ready for slumping
I'm so happy that I have finally got my Bullseye fusing programme right after lots of adjustments including holding temperature, full fuse and annealing temperature.

Tiles on slump moulds

Of course, having a larger kiln means that I can now fire larger pieces and more of them too. In the past it would take a week to fully fuse four coasters as I could only fire two on the kiln shelf - now it takes me 2 days to fuse 16 coasters! Yay! 
A small dish would take 3 days to make, fuse and slump. Now I can slump four dishes at once and make glass panels up to 30cm in size. OK, so not huge but big enough for me. 

My lovely large kiln arrived last year, courtesy of Northern Kilns, who did a fantastic job of wrestling it up two flights of stairs and installing it in the attic. It's just the right height and runs off the ordinary electric socket and, most importantly, the heat elements are in the lid, sitting in transparent onyx tubes. So no more cold spots on the kiln shelf. 

Adrian from Northern Kilns

My tiny jeweller's kiln

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