This Christmas, my husband surprised me with a kiln that gives me the chance to fuse glass to my heart's desire, as well as work with ceramics. It's a Paragon Janus kiln, which has a switch, allowing you to use different coils in the kiln for different types of materials. I never dreamed I'd ever have one, and it was an amazing surprise. He did his research over the past few months, had an electrician in to give it a specific type of outlet and had this heavy sucker delivered on a big truck while I was home and I still remained clueless!
|These are the only two that kinda worked out of my first batch|
Yesterday, we tried it out for the first time, since we've had to spend the previous 3 days applying kiln wash to the shelves to prevent glass and paint sticking during the cooking process. It also gave me time to visit my wonderful art-partner, Pat, who lovingly lent me a newer cutter, nippers, a couple of molds, some kiln paper and some research books.
Unfortunately, the only glass I had on hand at home was my stained glass, and the pickin's were thin! We tried a few things with an open mind and here are the results (good stuff above, bad stuff below). Only one or two things are good enough to wear -- I discovered the opaque glass had too much lime in it and it developed a detrification, or milky coating. I also tried to slump a piece of glass before fusing it, even though I knew you were supposed to do this in a two-step process. Can you blame a girl for trying? It took about 7 hours for all the steps in the kiln, and we let it cool while we slept. We checked it constantly throughout the afternoon-- hoping for good results and making sure there would be no fires. I have complete confidence now in the process, and look forward to purchasing nice, compatible glass, stringers etc. and try again, learning more each time!
|These are the ones that didn't work, however, I know where I went wrong now!|