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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Disaster Strikes!

Every bead in the kiln was melted off its mandrel into spreading shiny puddles across the kiln floor! Usually, after the soak cycle ( gradual cool down) I turn the kiln off and let it cool slowly overnight. This time my husband went out to the studio to do it for me. He accidently turned the control dial past " off " and it went into a super heating cycle. This is a bit of bad kiln design, ( it's an AIM) as the red light was off but the heat wasn't. Fortunately he went out into the dark garden about 2 hours later and noticed a strange glow from the studio window. Extreme heat met him and he quickly unplugged it.

I thought the kiln elements would be ruined but it runs fine. Getting the sheets of melted glass off the fire brick bottom was another story.

I waited two days and then grimly remade the 50 or so beads...

Here is a picture of a remade set I especially liked.


  1. Oh my goodness, how gutting for you! I hope you manage to sort out your kiln ok. New beads are gorgeous!

  2. Hi, what a disaster that was! But what a beautiful end product. Every cloud has a silver lining. I have popped into your blog to thank you for adding my Dollytime Etsy shop to your circle. I feel very humbled as you have chosen some very talented crafts people and your own work is equisite. Very many thanks.


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