There were failures, though...remember these?
|Ugh...I haven't tried kiln enameling since, but it is definitely on my list to play with again soon!|
Sometimes, failures just happen. They are a surprise and we have to go back and think of what we could have done to prevent it. The above enameling debacle was really no surprise, it was just my novice approach after my torch-firing successes.
This one came as a total surprise to me. I made 2, one came out perfectly, but this one had a big old crack. :( What did I do differently with it? Hindsight made me remember there was a tiny scratch as my file slipped while cleaning it up. Had that weakened the piece? Possibly.
Some of you remember this from my FB page...
I was so bummed! I felt really stoked about carving the cross stamp and was so happy with it. As it dried, something bumped it, or knocked it, and it just snapped. I almost cried. I set out to repair it, though and several layers of slip, drying & sanding later I was satisfied that I was going to succeed.
|The back side of repaired piece...just one more bit of cleanup!|
Hmm, yeah. Well, obviously, all that tender love and repair care had not worked. I had smoothed the outside over cosmetically, but the fatal flaw was not fixed. Lesson learned.
Not to be defeated, I am already trying to come up with a mixed-media design to incorporate the pieces...maybe riveted to copper with beaded wire around the break? Maybe a bezel with resin?
|A little E-6000 will hold it together long enough for me to trace a backplate and decide what to do next!|