Speaking of jewelry samples, remember this rainbow Byzantine weave chain from a few weeks ago?
I finished the chain, added the clasp and got the pendant attached. Then I created more mini links coming off the necklace. There are supposed to be porcelain charms hanging from them. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I was firing a large batch and the kiln shut down during the firing. Big ERROR message on my screen. Ahhhhhhhhh!!!
It turns out that after 4 years of solid use, the kiln needed some parts replaced. The Suburban Guy (Colin) ordered them up and then realized he needed a few other things. The parts came in a few days ago and Colin made all the repairs. We did a test firing and it ran a little hot (brand spankin' new parts will do that) so we adjusted the firing.
Yesterday I took that half-fired batch back over and loaded it back in the kiln. Here's the bottom getting filled up...
And here is the top shelf...
I have never re-fired pieces before but my fellow ceramic artist friends were encouraging. I'm heading back over to the kiln this morning to see how it all turned out. I will update this post this evening with the results...good or bad!
*Update* I do believe the kiln is working again. Wouldn't you agree?