Jan 212013
 

I bought the kiln second hand in September last year but had nowhere to put it then, so I paid for it and they kept it until my new workshop was ready.  Then my husband Bill and son Mike went to collect it finally in December 2011.  It was really heavy and they had to take the back gate off to get it through because it was too heavy to lift over.  It is installed in my old workshop which is outside the house.   My new workshop has been completely kitted out for me by my son Mike who is a Carpenter and he has done a brilliant job.

I decided that although the kiln had a perfectly good programmer on it, I need the super duper singing and dancing version, so have bought a new one.  I got it from Kilncare and got great advice from them and they also spoke at length to Bill on the phone to tell him how to install it for me.  My Kiln is a Kilncare one too and Lee and all the people there are exceptionally helpful and their products are superb.

I must find time to put the old one up for sale, to help with the cost of all the new stuff I am buying!

The kiln was finally ready but I had no time to play because it was Christmas and then we went away to Tenerife for two months and did not return until March!

Jan 212013
 

I managed to make some jewellery and a few plates and dishes when I was doing the evening class at Helston but it was a pain having to carry all my supplies with me every time and as it was only a two hour class it seemed by the time I set up it was time to come home.  It was a beginners class and I was hungry to learn more.  Here are some of the things I made during that time.

green swirly glass round plateThis looks really good but I will let you into a secret – the pattern is already in the glass and all I had to do was cut it and put a layer of clear below and voila!  The patterned glass is called Decofloat and is compatible with float glass

 

 square dish made with cathedral and float glassThis one is made from clear float glass with cathedral glass, which is mainly used in stained glass work, the colours are not as good as Bullseye, but it is much cheaper.

 

square plate black-red-white-square made from Bullseye glass

Above is made from Bullseye Glass, wonderful to work with, always comes out with nicely rounded edges and comes in an amazing range of colours,  four times more expensive than float glass!

 

pink, black & white - broken Bullseye dishThere were a few things that didn’t come back from the firing as I wanted.  A very expensive Bullseye dish that got dropped and I tried to re-fire but it did not work

 

cornish-cufflink-failure

These were supposed to be cufflinks like the Cornish Flag!

 

square float and desag glass plate with blue bandsIf you look closely  on the plate to the right you can see the blue band of glass at the top should be on the edge more.

 

 

 

selection of glass pendants gone wrongYou may not see anything wrong with these pendants but some I have cut the top glass too big and some have shifted in transporting to the kiln.  It is crucial to place items carefully in the kiln and make sure they are all lined up.  Or glue them before.  This was another problem in a two hour class, as there was not always the time for the glue to dry and as the kiln was in Frank`s garage, he had the problem of items moving in transit.

 

circular plate in spectrum glass with big hole in middle

This would have been a fantastic plate in Spectrum 96 glass – Frank was not sure what went wrong, but knowing more about it now I think that if it was fired on the correct programme for this type of glass, maybe the kiln wash on the shelf was still damp and created a big bubble that burst.  The bubble is too large for it to be trapped air.

Jan 212013
 

After my initial discovery of Fused Glass I spent many a happy hour exploring the Internet, Galleries and Exhibitions to seek out more – I could not get enough of it!  But looking was not enough, I needed to have a go myself.

This proved more difficult than I expected as there were no classes in my immediate area, but I found a teacher in Helston, called Frank, so took myself along on a Monday evening and the fun began!

These classes were Adult Education, held in a Community Hall rather than a fully equipped studio and we had to supply all the glass, tools and materials ourselves.  This involved quite a lot of initial cost, so it was a good job that I liked doing it and wanted to continue!