Finally bisque fired the boys ! 2 out of 3 are looking good. The first / bottom one ended up warping real bad, and because I didn't lift up the kiln shelf enough / add a baffle brick one side of it got BLASTED, literally looks cone 6 crispy. I am slightly worried that it stuck to the brick that sitting inside of it. But we will deal with that when I unload. I had this plan to cover the clay with that beautiful black flux glaze to make it look latex, but damn when you see that pretty terra cotta come out you wan to leave it the fuck alone !
Another day where I completely exhaust myself !!
the wood kiln shift was 8am-4pm. I got a sun burn :( But I am proud of myself and Autumn holding it down for 8 hours !! I spent like 30 minutes totally alone with the old kiln and it was literally trial by fire.
A guy like me is gunna use a power tool. Thankfully I now have a proper means of learning to use some fun shit ! I bought this THICK ass chain from good ol' lowes and sawed up one link using the grinder. Then I flattened it using a larger grinder, and finally cut up some nails so they were short enough to not go all the way through the wood, and welded them to the chain. At first I was going to simply glue the chain to the wood but mr. Scott recommended that I really get in there with some nails, I am very grateful for the suggestion because that wood is absolutely attached without any glue!
My little wooden man has been covered in 4 delicious coats of polyurethane, I used the boat varnish that Lalana recommended to me like a year ago lol. Its Rust-Oleum Marine Coatings Spar Varnish. I had previously attempted to flock the piece just using spray adhesive, then hated that and sanded it off. Then tried to flock it using wood glue, hated that and sanded it off. I realized that the adhesive was soaking into the wood and not sticking properly because I didn't seal the wood ! Hopefully with these coats of poly it will be nice and ready to get some flock stuck to it.
I also just kinda keep making more of these ceramic forms... I don't even know what going on anymore. I just picture these cracking in the firing so I'd rather have extra ready. So now I have two of those all bone dry in the big baily kiln. Before I bisque I'm gunna throw some sand under there for the shrinkage.
I picture the insides of these forms being filled with different materials, like mesh fabric, latex, chain. I see things being stretched, the void being filled as I like to say. I'm actually stoked to see these ceramic pieces alongside my wood piece.
With another one on the way ! I just need to smooth her out, then i cut them into four pieces, flip em over and smooth out the coils, then I place my three kiln shelves down and put the four parts back together on the shelves so I can transfer them into the kiln on the shelves, not try to move the form.