Tuesday, June 09, 2015
I turned it off and stared at it for a bit. I thought, "What did I do wrong?" It took me a few minutes (some days I am slower than others and obviously at that moment my brain was on sluggish mode). I realized I had not turned on the timer. So I turned on the timer for about 12 hours so that if the kiln over fired it would turn off. I reset the digital and stood there and watched it. I heard the relay click for about 4 minutes without the temperature rising.
I have this bad habit of going to the worst possible place in my mind. At that moment all kilns were doomed to misfire. No kiln would ever worked right if I owned it, and on and on and blah blah blah. Then it dawned on me that I forgot to push the button on the kiln setter.
I know I know ....why do I have a timer, a digital AND a kiln setter? Yeah, well, I ordered both functions, wanting them to work separately but the company who took my order didn't understand what I wanted so basically I ended up with this very very safe kiln (that won't fire if I don't turn everything on to work in unison).
I turned off the digital again, pushed in the plunger, reset the digital and voila! Finally, the temperature began to rise.
BUT it was 3 pm in the afternoon and I had it on a slow bisque firing because of the heavy handbuilt items. I wasn't thinking. I often forget to think.
It finally finished about 2:30 am in the morning. I suppose I could have gone to sleep but I couldn't sleep until the kids got home, either, when they were teenagers. That's just how I am.
I won't be able to unload until this evening probably. That's okay. I loaded up the smaller bead kiln about an hour ago. It's not digital. It's just a kiln setter. So I have to go turn it up every so often, and looking at the clock just now, it is time to turn it up again.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, June 07, 2015
|Arches National Park|
We ended up going on a loop from Southern New Mexico to Northern Arizona (spent a few hours at the Grand Canyon) to Southern Utah (saw a couple of national parks) back to Taos, NM and then home to Texas.
I have a method of making clay while hubby drives the car. I hold on my lap a gallon size Ziploc bag that has about 3 lbs of clay. I also keep a couple of dampened paper towels nearby. I form beads one by one and place them in a small paper bag for drying. The clay can't be too wet or too dry. Too wet and I can't make a bead and too dry and the clay dust will go everywhere.
This week I have a huge load of beads to bisque fire and going in with those will be some cups and bowls and hand-built objects that I worked on over the last few months. I also am planning a kiln load for glazed beads for the other kiln. Because they run on different electrical outlets they can run at the same time. Yay.
The photo above is one I took on my phone. I am a bit surprised at how nice these cell phone cameras can be. I will have lots of inspiration in the months to come.