Yeah! I was able to fire my kiln today! Apparently, I am out of practice with using it. Right now I have a manual kiln, so I have to check on it quite often. I set an alarm clock that I carry with me most of the time.
Well, today, I was making some changes to my Glass Website: www.mastersglassart.com and turned off the alarm, thinking I would go out in just a second after I finished something. Well, like I said, I was concentrating on my website and forgot that the alarm went off. After about 15 minutes, I finally remembered and ran to the kiln….
The temperature had risen to 1650 degrees, a little too high for my target of 1425-1450 degrees. I shut off the kiln immediately and opened the top to look at the glass lace. Well, I think I ruined two out of the three pieces I was firing. They fused into one long line of glass 😦
However, I am hoping the white opal glass lace will turn out fine, just different than I had planned. It had also fused into thicker lines, but it was still in an oval shape and I think the lines were connected to each other. We’ll find out tomorrow when the kiln has cooled off.
I hope I learned my lesson! I really want to get a controller, so I won’t have to watch the kiln while it is firing. With a controller, I can set the program and let it do its job. Bryan, at the glass shop where I buy most of my glass, is looking for a controller for me and how much it would cost. I sure hope it isn’t cost prohibitive 🙂