Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 1 with the kiln-

I don't have any photos to share. Everything I worked on today is still in the ugly stages.

Learning a new skill is always interesting. There is anxiety, followed by a state of unsurety (and that's where I am now) and ending in feeling like you actually know what you're doing. I know that it's going to work out. Eventually. I hope.

I did learn some things today. Like don't use hard flux under enamels that melt at medium. I mean I guess you can use it. It's just basically useless. And sometimes leaves a weird lump in my otherwise perfect finish. Yes, I know I could crank up the heat. But I'm using red enamel. Which I've read burns easily and not to over fire. Bah!

And I'm still trying to figure out if I need to do a flux layer for transparent enamels once, or under each colored layer. If anyone one has any insights I'd appreciate the advice.

So. There are going to be a lot of experiments in color in my future. Some will work. And some will not. It will be interesting to see how it all works out.....

1 comment:

  1. If you don't have it already, get the book "The Art of Enameling" by Linda Darty (I got mine at Barnes & Noble). She does gorgeous complicated work but instructs on the simple steps for beginners. A very thorough instruction book with awesome inspirational pictures.