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Flow Slab #1

Flow Slab #1

I’ve been making some slabs, and replacing my saw with one that works, rather than my Castorama Chippy MacChipperson tile saw. It arrives yesterday while I was in Paris, visiting a friend who was there for the weekend, and the Art Paris Art Fair, and Paris Art Design. It’s a Gemini Apollo ring saw, and I’m in love. The blades are fragile, and I’m a dolt who already snapped one, but the finish is lovely, and there’s no chipping. So, here are pictures of one of my slabs, solid, cut up, and laid out in the kiln. I’m looking forward to seeing it when it’s all fired up.
The first firing was 1.3kg of glass, with a mix of blues, grays, and reactive glasses, the firing program was:
1. 167C/H to 663C hold 1:00
2. 333C/H to 810C hold 1:45 (since there is 0313, which should not be fired above 810C)
3. AFAP to 482C hold 3:00
4. 25C/H to 427C hold 0:01
5. 45C/H to 371C hold 0:01
6. 150C/H to 21C hold 0:01
The second firing, after everything was cut up and laid out is:
1. 334C/H to 289C hold 0:20 (to cure the shelf primer)
2. 222C/H to 677C hold 0:30
3. 333C/H to 804C hold 0:10
4. AFAP to 482C hold 0:30
5. 83C/H to 371C hold 0:00
6. AFAP to 21C hold 0:00
and, there will be more to come when it comes out of the kiln.
Playing with the Kiln

Playing with the Kiln

I’ve been playing with silver leaf, and gilding, which is kind of awesome. I found a 99.9% fine silver “water colour” paint, which I now love, but seem to have misplaced my pot of, somewhere around, which is annoying… My precision with the sample wasn’t amazing, but now that I know it works, I can practice with it, and see what it can do.

Also, I’ve been playing around with some pot melty things lately, mostly to re-use glass from expiriments that I didn’t like the results of, or leftover scrap and such. A lot of the things were reactive glass, so the results have been interesting, I think.

Bullseye Reactive Test Firing Again!

Bullseye Reactive Test Firing Again!

So, I did some tests with Bullseye reactive glasses a couple years ago, time for more… this time it’s French Vanilla, Dense White, Reactive Opal, and Reactive Ice, with a whole bunch of other stuff:

Fired in a 100 tile mosaic mould on the following program:

222°C/H to 538°C for 00:30
333°C/H to 816°C for 00:10
AFAP to 482°C for 2:00
56°C/H to 371°C for 00:01
AFAP to 15°C
So, extra fun is that the dense white boils at this temperature, I should do a test firing with it to see what temperature works without it boiling:
So, I got is out of the kiln this morning, and here’s what I got:
There are some neat reactions! Horrah! and only a few of the dense white tiles stuck to the mold, which I was worried would happen with all of them.  I’ll try using it with fibre paper next time, and see if that helps with the sticking.  There were no serious problems with Dense White used as an accent, just when it was used as a base, it sticks to the kiln wash like nobody’s business (yes, now we know why Bullseye only makes it in flameworking rod now, and lists it as “Not recommended for kilnforming.
For all the pictures, here’s an album. I’m going to play more now. Below the jump is a chart of what was in which tile.
Bullseye Reactive Test Firing January 11 2012

Here’s a table showing what’s going on in each tile, woot!:

(FV) – French Vanilla
(DW) – Dense White
(SL) – Silver Leaf
(RO) – Reactive Cloud Opal
(RI) – Reactive Ice Clear
(CT) – Clear Tekta
1116 – Turquoise Blue Transparent
0305 – Salmon Pink Opal
1137 – Medium Amber Transparent
1305 – Sunset Coral

1417 – Emerald Green Transparent
1112 – Adventurine Green Transparent

1859 – Rhubarb Shift
Highlighted Colours are Frit

1
(FV)
Silver
11
(FV)
Silver
21
(DW)
Silver
31
(DW)
Silver
Red
41
(RO)
Silver
51
(CT)
(RO)
Silver
61
(RI)
Silver
71
(CT)
(RI)
(FV)
(DW)
81
(CT)
(FV)
Turquoise
91
(CT)
(FV)
2
(FV)
Turquoise
Silver
12
(FV)
Turquoise
Silver
22
(DW)
Turquoise
Silver
32
(DW)
Turquoise
Silver
42
(RO)
Turquoise
Silver
52
(CT)
(RO)
Turquoise
Silver
62
(RI)
Turquoise
Silver
72
(CT)
(RI)
(DW)
82
(CT)
(FV)
Turquoise
92
(CT)
(FV)
Silver
3
(FV)
Turquoise
13
(FV)
Turquoise
23
(DW)
Turquoise
33
(DW)
Turquoise
43
(RO)
Turquoise
53
(CT)
(RO)
Turquoise
63
(RI)
Turquoise
73
(CT)
(RI)
Turquoise
83
(CT)
Turquoise
93
(CT)
(FV)
Turquoise
Silver
4
(FV)
Salmon
14
(FV)
Salmon
24
(DW)
Salmon
34
(DW)
Red
44
(RO)
Salmon
54
(CT)
(RO)
Salmon
64
(RI)
Salmon
74
(CT)
(RI)
Salmon
84
(CT)
Salmon
94
(CT)
Salmon
5
(FV)
Amber
15
(FV)
Amber
25
(DW)
Amber
35
(DW)
Amber
45
(RO)
Amber
55
(CT)
(RO)
Amber
65
(RI)
Amber
75
(CT)
(RI)
Amber
85
(CT)
Amber
95
(CT)
Amber
6
(FV)
Coral
16
(FV)
Coral
26
(DW)
Coral
36
(DW)
Coral
46
(RO)
Coral
56
(RO)
Coral
66
(RI)
Coral
76
(RI)
Coral
86
(CT)
Coral
96
(CT)
Coral
7
(FV)
Emerald
17
(FV)
Emerald
Silver
27
(DW)
Emerald
37
(DW) 
Emerald
Silver
47
(RO)
Emerald


57
(RO)
Emerald
Silver
67
(RI)
Emerald
77
(RI)
Emerald
Silver
87
(CT)
Emerald
97
(CT)
Emerald
8
(FV)
Adventurine
18
(FV)
Adventurine
Silver
28
(DW)
Adventurine
38
(DW)
Adventurine
Silver
48
(RO)
Adventurine
Cell
58
(RO)
Adventurine
Silver
68
(RI) Adventurine
78
(RI)
Adventurine
Silver
88
(CT)
Adventurine
98
(CT)
Adventurine
9
(FV)
Rhubarb
Silver
19
(FV)
Rhubarb
29
(DW)
Rhubarb
39
(DW)
Rhubarb
Silver
49
(RO)
Rhubarb
59
(RO)
Rhubarb
Silver
69
(RI)
Rhubarb
79
(RI)
Rhubarb
Silver
89
(CT)
Rhubarb
99
(CT)

Rhubarb
10
(FV)
(DW)
20
(FV)
(DW)
30
(DW)
(FV)
40
(DW)
(FV)
50
(RO)
(FV)
60
(RO)
(DW)
70
(RI)
(DW)
80
(RI)
(FV)
90
(CT)
(DW)
Rhubarb
100
(CT)
Last Hands Firing of the Term!

Last Hands Firing of the Term!

Fired on April 11th on the same schedule as the last one:

1. 2:00 to 90C
2. 18:00 to 100C
3. 23:00 to 600C
4. 25:00 @ 600C
5. 25:01 to 840C
6. 30:00 @ 840C
7. 30:01 to 515C
8. 45:00 to 515C
9. 70:00 to 390C
10. 85:00 to 50C
Kiln was down and unloaded at 50C on April 17th.
All but one of the hand prints filled:

Scissors Kiln #2

Scissors Kiln #2

If I want scissors, maybe I’m casting them in resin, not glass?

Fired April 6th on the following schedule:

1. 2:00 to 100C
2. 12:00 to 150C
3. 22:00 to 650C
4. 26:00 @ 650C
5. 26:01 to 870C
6. 36:00 @ 870C
7. 36:01 to 515C
8. 46:00 @ 515C
9. 66:00 to 400C
10. 78:00 to 20C

Out April 11th, and de-molded on the same day.
These ones worked better, there was more of the straight side of the scissors in this kiln, but even the bent one flowed better in this kiln than in kiln #3. Kiln #2 had just gotten a new element, maybe that had something to do with it? Other than the difference in kiln, and there being more straight scissor halves in this kiln, the molds were the same, the program was the same and the kiln was loaded in the same way, so I’m a little baffled.
Rebecca’s molds were shorter than Luke’s, that might have made a difference?

This is the bent handle scissor from this kiln:

It really didn’t work that much better than the ones from the earlier kiln:


There are more pictures here:

More Hands Kiln #1

More Hands Kiln #1

Here’s a picture of some earlier hands that are finished, and now in the show at the OCC.

Fired on April 6th in Kiln #1 on the following program:

1. 2:00 to 90C
2. 18:00 to 100C
3. 23:00 to 600C
4. 25:00 @ 600C
5. 25:01 to 840C
6. 30:00 @ 840C
7. 30:01 to 515C
8. 45:00 to 515C
9. 70:00 to 390C
10. 85:00 to 50C
Unloaded on April 11th.
In this one I decided to try making molds with more than one hand print in them, these prints were smaller, and I thought that it would be a massive waste. This worked out quite well, all the molds filled completely, and it just took some creative sawing to get the hands off the reservoir. That might not be feasible in the future if I don’t have a diamond saw. oh well.
All the pictures from this firing can be found here: