Freshman Fuser – Test 2, here I go! (Fire #2)

Freshman Fuser – Test 2, here I go! (Fire #2)

Since the tack fused worked flawlessly, time to try a full fuse. Practiced cutting circles – one “manually” and one with a circle cutter. Yea, you can tell which one is which! But will it matter once it’s fused? Firing a single layer of glass (I think this will pull in) and a double layer with some frit and stringers. Off to the kiln… still using pre-programmed: Auto, Medium speed, Full Fuse. Start the ramp at 9:56 am… and wait… and wait… and wait….

Pre-fire – four pieces.

So starting a kiln load in the morning doesn’t gain me anything! It doesn’t cool down before bed time. Will work on optimum time for a full fuse run! The load came out pretty much as I expected. The top left circle (made with the circle cutter), two layers, clear powder between, looks pretty good. The green stringers are pretty light (much lighter in person than in the picture), so need to work on that. The bottom right, one layer (cut by hand and using groziers to nip away the excess), pulled in quite a bit and, although the edges smoothed out, it didn’t become any more “round.” The top right, two layers, clear powder between, with the frit/stringers turned out lovely. Very pleased! For a last minute test, it is my favorite from this load. The bottom left TARDIS phone box, single layer, pulled in way more than I thought it would. Lesson learned! And thus ends Test #2 from the #FreshmanFuser! Can’t wait to plan the next load!

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