September 16, 2008

*sigh*cry*whine*

Ok, I usually try to keep it positive here on the blog, but today I am going to vent. I just discovered my kiln overfired yesterday. It was filled with beads for orders, most of which are completely ruined now. This is probably 4 work sessions down the drain, it was two bowls full of beads, which are mostly unusable now. In the picture above, there are two terra cotta bowls. The one on the left is what it should look like, the one on the right is the overfired one. It melted and looks like a chocolate pancake. See how it melted over the side of the kiln shelf? *sigh*

An overfired bisque kiln means that the beads are no longer porous, so they cannot easily accept glaze. There are a few tricks, so I will salvage what I can, but it takes so much longer and the results are unstable, at best, so I am going to have to start over. And I am going out of town this weekend, so I will have to start to notify customers that orders will have to be delayed. I am sure they will understand, but it makes me feel terrible, because I think I look unprofessional and my customers are so great and patient with me, I hate to disappoint. *cry*

To make the start of my week even better, I discovered that my old fridge is dying, so I need to get a new one. Gotta love those random and sudden large expenses when you are a home owner *whine*

Time to look on the bright side, finish what I can, get started on starting over, and look forward to having a good weekend...

12 comments:

  1. Ugh! I feel your pain! Calm, Blue, Ocean! There is no way your customers will think you are unprofessional!

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  2. Oh no! What a mess. I'm sorry about the kiln malfunction and the dying fridge. I hope you have a great weekend to make up for it! *hugs*

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  3. oh poor melanie! that is so frustrating. it's been a long time since I've had burnt beads, it's painful. everyone will understand. the fridge, hmmm maybe craigslist?

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  4. So sorry you had a literal 'meltdown' - maybe there's lemonade in there somewhere, can something unusual and good come out of it somehow? My tragedy was 10 beads melted in an overheating oven, nothing like a kiln going over board on you!

    People are understanding and they know you make everything by hand, they will support your efforts in surprising ways.

    Keep your chin up! Onward through the fog ...

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  5. Well, I suppose the lemonade would be that the fridge decided to die before you were gone for a week (now that would be a nasty blob...).

    Your customers will understand and will stand behind you....

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  6. Sorry about the meltdown! Will the overfired bisque beads accept a coating of art clay or PMC slip instead of glaze? I bet they will. Maybe they aren't lost after all.

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  7. Thanks for the support everyone! It was great to have you all sending me well wishes as I salvaged what I could and re-evaluated my orders. It helps a lot!

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  8. My heart goes out to you for acknowledging and accepting this happy accident :) That's walking the path of the warrior regarding detachment. Bravo!

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  9. Argh! How disappointing! But I like the idea of a pmc slip as suggested by Leslie Todd. Might that work?

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  10. You know, it's ok to cry! Just let it all out. Release! Release!

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  11. Thanks again, It did feel good to let that all out! Whew! Much better now. There are just *those* days in life, sometimes...

    As for the PMC...Yes I have tried this before, and it does work. It's certainly something fun to experiment with. I also have a nice pewter metallic glaze that seems to be a good "fix-all" when i get some extra time to spend glazing these. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  12. i just read this! i am so so sorry!!!sending tons of love your way and affirming your right to vent! it is so frustrating!

    my comp is broken and i constantly lose writing for magazines and must redo! argh!

    we had a flood downstairs last week! just call us "The Arc" for now! XOXOX!

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