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On my birthday I had 3 friends over and with Helen and under the tuition of Jo whitehead (
We made light catchers and coasters. I had bought the kiln off her in 2012 after doing a day's course which I had loved, but due to Alan's illness and death, I had never taken delivery. I decided that My birthday would be a good time. The kiln is very small though max 1 lightcatcher and 2 coasters, also you need to be home for about 5 hours to switch it up and down and you can't do it when your electrician is constantly working on your electrics so progress has been slow, but these are the completed firings, will take a more detailed look later.
13th May 2014, 00:24  

jc1000000 says:

They're really nice! Is that proper stained glass then?

13th May 2014, 01:09

Viv says:

No - not proper anything - the glass used is called bull's eye glass - here we have used a clear piece and built a design on top with different coloured glass then put it in the kiln and slowly heated it to 1600 max then slowly cooled it and it all fuses together.

13th May 2014, 01:50

jc1000000 says:

Does that mean the different colours are sort of 'embossed' over the clear glass? Or does it melt into something smooth?

13th May 2014, 02:07

Viv says:

That's a good question :) Depends on how many times you fire it - lightcatchers colour stands a little proud but coasters should be flat so may take 2 or 3 firings which is rather laborious when there are no timing controls on your kiln! Just stated this game so a lot to learn - lots of applications/possibilities.

13th May 2014, 02:13

jc1000000 says:

Sounds really fun. Reminds me of making things out of FIMO or shrinking crisp packets as a kid.

13th May 2014, 03:25

Viv says:

I expect it was - should know how it is different to float glass but will need to look it up

13th May 2014, 13:22

Viv says:

we loved fimo :)

13th May 2014, 13:23

MaggieD says:

Happy Birthday Viv

13th May 2014, 20:11

Viv says:

Thanks Maggie :)

14th May 2014, 14:56

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