While I tend to be a planner in my daily activities wanting to always have a schedule and a list for everything, I guess I just tend to wing it when it comes to my glass work. I go with the moment on what I feel like making which may be why I like the freedom of this hobby so much!
However this is no excuse for not thinking, which I need to keep reminding myself.
Recently I made a drop vase and decided it needed more stability on the bottom. So I made a small disk that I thought would be a good size for stability. I then put the drop vase and the disk back in the kiln to tack fuse them together.
The disk I slid in on the kiln shelf and then added the drop vase back into the drop mold adding a little height by putting some fiber paper between the drop shelf and the posts. All was looking good.
I fired it, a little afraid that the drop vase may want to do more slumping since I had taken it to 1200 degrees F. But it tack fused nicely and didn’t seem to affect the drop of the vase. So now after cooling, I opened the kiln and gently lifted the vase and uh-oh! The disk was too big to fit through the hole (disk was 3.5″ and hole was 3″) and so now I had a lovely vase with the ceramic mold stuck.
My husband helped me “break” the mold so that I could perhaps reuse it for doing a similar tacking job where I wasn’t taking it hot enough for the mold break to matter. Thanks!
I learned though to at least always stop, look at what I am doing and think about any possible issues. This doesn’t mean I won’t make any more mistakes as I am quite sure I will, but I know I won’t make this same mistake again.
BTW: The disk for stability is a really nice thing. I got this idea from Christine at Masters Glass Art, http://glassart.wordpress.com.