Wax Drippings (Larger success story)

Before we begin… I should mention that I found a new passion when I went from using small globs of wax drippings to very large platters of same.  But what really made the difference is what happens when doing this not in soft glass — as I have been using up to now — but when I switched to float (plate or window) glass…. life took on a new direction for me.

Sunday, October 23 @ 6:00, my kiln#1 fired up as follows:

Steps

  1. 3:  hrs ……………^95 degrees
  2. 12: hrs……………^110 “
  3. 24: hrs…………..^120  “
  4. 30:  hrs………….^600  “
  5. 32:  hrs………….@600  “
  6. 32:01 hrs……….^850   “
  7. 50:   hrs…………@850  “
  8. 50:01 hrs………     540  “
  9. 65:   hrs………….. 540   “
  10. 90:  hrs …………. 420   “
  11. 110: hrs…………..  50   “

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In my next posting, I’ll talk about the bibles I have been attempting to make.  I use float glass in one of my more successful failures.  I have gone so far as to bring some of the window glass I have been keeping in my yard for years.  As weird as this looks so far, there were no visible checks from shock in this piece.  And the mold actually held–although another using the same material  of similar size did not fare so well.

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About whendidwestart

I am what I consider to be starting my life over. I have been studying art for 2 years and have begun 3 years of glass Crafts & Design in Sheridan College. I am also discovering how much I like to write online--a good thing because applying for scholarships will have one writing a lot of essays. My summer 2010 was about finding the funding to cover my expenses. Whatever I thought my life would be about this past year of school, I never expected to be trying to help 2 daughters in 1st year college when their funding fell short. My summer 2011 became about sitting still long enough to consider the impact of my goals. I look for $$ for supplies and I look for $$ for equipment for when I complete my program. I have a commercial size compressor for running a sandblaster; but no sandblaster. I have a Skutt kiln; but cannot afford the hydro required to fire it up. I have some stained glass and supplies; my program has just had stained glass artist Joseph Cavalieri from New York to input ideas on how we could incorporate what he does to what we do. When I finish here at Sheridan, I expect that I will do mostly cold glass work--stained glass and sandblasting..... Perhaps some work with stone because many of the properties of stone are similar to working with glass! I am also about sharing information with others who want to break from traditional thinking about a lot of things. For example, I have been a Bell Canada since I left home at 15. My Mom used to be a Bell Telephone operator when Bell was the only game in town. My Stepmother and her sister and my sister all worked for MaBell. I once worked for Bell Northern Research and until recently, I thought I would be a Bell customer for life. I am not so certain of that any more. I want to know more about economical phone plans (land & mobile). Are there any out there? I have recently begun to realize that to stay ahead of the game, one would almost have had to study law to understand the significance of a phone plan--no matter what the ads say!
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