So, this morning I decided that today was the day! With all my safety gear on the ready and my supplies and equipment nearby I wheeled the kiln to a spot by a window where I couldn't burn the house down.
Four or five hours later and I've made one small pair of earrings - yes that's all but I have learnt a lot. I've learnt:
- If my glasses steam up it means my dust mask isn't tight enough!
- Until I get some more practise -Stick to making pendants - it's hard to get two things exactly the same for earrings.
- Don't counter enamel with the same colour as the front. A few layers down the track I couldn't remember which side was which or how many layer's I'd done.
- Even though the books say don't apply a layer too thick - I think I can be a little more generous!
- Practise on larger items - I thought if I messed up I'd waste less materials with little copper components but the truth is they are fiddly - I'd be better off with larger pieces until I'm a bit more experienced.
- Find a better spot to use the kiln - preferably near the sink and near another power point where I can plug in the pickle pot - still hopefully where I won't burn the place down.
- Try and get a production line thing happening - it was very stop start today. I seemed to be forever taking the leather gloves, goggles and mask on and off, depending on what bit I was doing.