I promise to get back to quilting this week. Taking last week off from fabric dyeing and the holidays made my whole schedule and focus totally whack-a-doodle. I’ve mostly worked on glass projects and beaded ornaments. On the glass front I’m working on more bubble pieces.
I got them all ready for firing this morning. I don’t like to run the kiln unless it’s full. Often I fill in the empty spaces with stacks that will become refrigerator magnets but I wanted to try out a couple of Christmas ornament designs. It would be nice to do ornaments as fill-in projects all year and have a supply for gifts at the end of the year.
Here’s a small Christmas tree.
And this could be a glass icicle. We’ll see!
When I make the bubble glass I use a lot of glue to hold the stringers in place. All that glue burns off during the firing. I vent the kiln for a couple of hours so all that gas can vent out of the kiln. But that means that it fills my basement. That causes some problems for this asthmatic.
So I rigged up this fancy ventilation system. The kiln is near the door so I crack it open and set up a fan to exhaust the fumes. It’s not fancy but it works great.
Tomorrow I have 2 new beaded ornaments to share. But today most of Christmas is coming down. The trees will stay up for a couple more days but all the outside stuff is coming down. It’s a little early but the cleaning lady comes tomorrow so I won’t have to vacuum again this weekend.