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Bead Fest Stress….Errrrr Prep

August 4, 2014 , In: Ceramic Clay, Clay, Events, General, Inspiration, Studio
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Prepping for Bead Fest is stressful.  There are so many things that have to get done before the show;  make a ridiculous amount of inventory, new displays, pricing, sorting, jewelry samples…

Speaking of jewelry samples, remember this rainbow Byzantine weave chain from a few weeks ago?

Well it currently looks like this…

I finished the chain, added the clasp and got the pendant attached.  Then I created more mini links coming off the necklace.  There are supposed to be porcelain charms hanging from them.  Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I was firing a large batch and the kiln shut down during the firing.  Big ERROR message on my screen.  Ahhhhhhhhh!!!
It turns out that after 4 years of solid use, the kiln needed some parts replaced.  The Suburban Guy (Colin) ordered them up and then realized he needed a few other things.  The parts came in a few days ago and Colin made all the repairs.  We did a test firing and it ran a little hot (brand spankin’ new parts will do that) so we adjusted the firing.
Yesterday I took that half-fired batch back over and loaded it back in the kiln.  Here’s the bottom getting filled up…
And here is the top shelf…
I have never re-fired pieces before but my fellow ceramic artist friends were encouraging.  I’m heading back over to the kiln this morning to see how it all turned out.  I will update this post this evening with the results…good or bad!
*Update*  I do believe the kiln is working again.  Wouldn’t you agree?   

Happy Beading!
Diana P.

Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
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    Good luck!

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    Happily we saw the results of your second firing on Facebook. Awesome results! You go (suburban) girl!

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    Great! I know you will do well at Beadfest with these juicy beauties [secretly hoping that there will be at least a FEW left-overs for the shop afterward tho]

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    Just saw your update! Yea for functional kilns!!!! See you soon!

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