Preparing for the Kiln

Preparing for the Kiln

With everything I do, it is and always will be a one off. I can make similar or close to but never the same.
 
Working with glass, putting it into a Kiln and shall we say, baking. It's all on the timing of how long I leave the piece I'm working on in the Kiln to bake. As you can see in some of the photos throughout this site.
 
Now the Kiln. I have several but mainly use the microwave ones. Yes you've heard right, microwave. I have three of those, all different sizes. I have a large Kiln as well. I find it quite hard to use the large Kiln at times, as you can never safely just open the door and check out the progress. Being over 2000 degrees, a tad hot just for a peek. Hence the constant use of the Microwave Kiln. As with wearing leather gloves and protective eye wear, I can safely lift the lid on the Kiln. Being on 900 degrees max. Hot, yes, but manageable. I can check out the state of progress (how far it's fused, just fused, glowing, is it keeping shape, has it exploded, have all the pieces stayed on top of one another to be fused or is it busted and just become a big blob of fused glass ready for the Bin.

In the Kiln

In the Kiln

 
Concentration is a must when dealing with the fusing process. I learnt that lesson the hard way many, many times. Yes I Graduated to my own space from the kitchen table, the interruptions, the mum "do you know where". etc. I'm away from the house in my own bubble of glass that I create. So these pieces are just me cutting, shaping, putting colours together seeing what happens & how it turns out. Remembering what I did to get something cool that came out a finished product and try to do another one similar. There is a little bit of skill, hand eye coordination and knowing what's compatible in the glass world. I can use recycled glass as well you see, that's where the knowing what's compatible comes in to play.
 
So take a look around and thanks very much for checking out my site.
 
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The end result

The end result

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