I'm still prepping for the By Hand show. Took yesterday off to get some work done. I spent the day making some bits and pieces of bronze metal clay. When the kiln hit 700 I opened the door. I let it sit for about 15 minutes but then got impatient. So I decided to sift the carbon to find my pieces. Lesson number 1....don't sift hot carbon through a KitchenAid plastic pasta scoop.
Damn...I loved that scoop. It's just the right size to sift the carbon out fast and leave even the smallest pieces behind. Luckily I can get a replacement through Amazon.
The next problem came along when I decided to tumble the bronze. At the same time I was putting a patina on some brass washers. Instead of pouring in a capful of Supersheen, I poured in a capful of brown/black patina solution from Rio. I only tumble for about 10 minutes to knock the the color down. I opened up the tumbler expecting all the suds...what I had was black....all the bronze had turned black. At first I was baffled..then I realized what I did. I flushed it out and replaced it with Supersheen. After another 10 minutes of tumbling, the pieces came out beautiful. Lesson 2...pay attention to what you are doing... actually turned into a happy accident....so maybe the lesson is to be open to the unexpected!!