Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Taking my Kiln's Temperature

No it doesn't have a fever....but I was wondering if it was really firing to the temp that shows on the digital display.  I bought some pyrometric cones and fired them.   This is what I got. 

It's kinda like Goldilocks and the three bears. You look at the cone that bends "just right" as an indicator of temperature.  But it's not quite that easy. Variables include how fast you ramp and if there is a hold period. Yikes.

So the cone on the far left is suppose to be a perfect bend.  The tip just comes down and touches the shelf.  The one on the far right had a serious melt down.  It fused to my cermic shelf. 

Being the genius that I am....I used a screwdriver to pry it off.  The cone broke, the screwdriver went flying and I now have a nice deep gash across the knuckle of my thumb.  Man did that bleed......CSI: Bay Village!!!!  It was dripping down my hand and splattering all over the place.  It took a while to stop. 

So I bandaged it all up making a pseudo-splint so I wouldn't bend my thumb....climbed into bed and smashed my hand into the wall.  And the bleeding started all over again.

Sometimes....I'm a danger to myself and others.  I know...some of you are saying to yourselves  ... "Sometimes?"


Cathy said...

Oh my Gail... I'm very glad no others were harmed in this bloody adventure! And what did we learn? (I mean about the kiln...)

Hope your flying-screwdriver wound is better soon. It's hard to make jewelry sans a thumb...


Gail said...

That's the bad part...all that and I don't know what I learned about the kiln...LOL

Cris Leonard said...

Okay, so now that I've stopped laughing......You know I love you. At least it wasn't flamingly hot and you didn't burn the house down. I am sorry that you hurt yourself. All in all it sounds like a VERY unsafe day.

~ Lora Hart Jewels ~ said...

It's such a pretty art piece though. : D

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you probably know this but for your other readers, put a little thinfire paper or dip them in Primo Primer. This works well for cleanup.



Gail said...

Thanks Tonya. I didn't know that.