The glass piece that I talked about in my previous post came out of the kiln this morning. It looked great, except I noticed that there was some devitrification on the Ivory glass. Devitrification is the growth of crystals on the surface of glass. I was pretty frustrated, because I have had a couple other glass pieces with devitrification on them. It can be removed and then put back in the kiln to polish the glass, so it is not a total failure.
Later in the day, I put a basket weave design in the kiln. I wanted to make a vase with it, so I draped it over a cone-shaped mold. The kiln is still cooling off, so I won’t be able to take it out until tomorrow. From peeking through the peep hole, I think it turned out great!
After I put the glass in the kiln, I went down into my basement studio and finished scoring and cutting glass for some glass earrings. I made a batch of small earrings that I will make into post earrings. I layered two little pieces of glass, 1/4″ square, and when they are fully fused, they should come out of the kiln nice and round. I love when that happens. It sure saves a lot of time grinding each piece until it is round. Actually, if I had to do that, I wouldn’t do it — just too much work.
Christine — Glass Artist
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