Monday, August 16, 2010
The bisque was almost perfect like this butterfly on lantana. One of his wings was half gone, but it didn't seem to matter he just kept flying around sipping nectar. There were no cracks, no blow-ups, and no sprigs fell off in the whole load.
Cone 06 melted down completely, but cone 05 and 04 are upright. Next bisque I will try 05 with a hold at the top for 10 minutes, if that doesn't do it then 20 minutes, then 04 with no hold. We shall see, every kiln is different.
The only problem was the kanthal wire handles on the basket and the tall vase. The wire leaned probably due to the beads I placed on top of the handles. The beads weighed down the handles. Not sure if I want to try bending the wire back into place. Should I try it or leave the wire wonky? Maybe I'll put these two into a barrel firing and leave the wire as is.
This lid with a topper and a short length of kanthal wire did just fine. I'll have to experiment more with this technique.
For efficiency I could fire another bisque load and while it's firing I could be glazing these. It takes two days for a bisque, for the load, the fire, the cool down, and the unload. Then while the next glaze is firing I could be glazing the second bisque and so on. Thanks everyone for all the great comments on my last post, I learned some valuable information. Comments and suggestions are welcome.