Currently Luffy The WeatherQube is reading 104 degrees. (http://luffy.nimitzbrood.com)
Unfortunately for me that's with a fair amount of humidity. I wonder if there's a market for a rubber "gutter" to catch all the sweat us fat people generate in this kind of weather and recycle it. I could call it "The Gut Gutter" and sell millions. *ahem*
There is one odd thing that this much sun brings to mind though - solar Fresnel projects. I was out on the front sidewalk earlier using one of the plastic 12" Fresnel magnifiers to test a theory and yes you can fire enamels using a solar setup. Though honestly it was an extremely small piece and I had to keep it moving quite a lot or the enamel balled up due to heating too small an area too quickly. What I need now is someone to throw out a dead rear-projection tv so I can steal the parts from it including the front lense.
And you definitely need a frame of some sort to do this. Not beause your hand may not be steady enough but because any time the lense warps you lose your focus. I think even a 24" lense will do what I need it to.
It's not that the enamel kiln isn't working it's that I like finding green alternatives to things like this. (And not just because 500W of electricity is on my electric bill when I fire the kiln up.)
Speaking of which the kiln works just fine it's the user that is a noob. I really need to work out the right mixtures and firing times for what I'm doing. Mashblock was right - I need a pyrometer. Not in the budget just yet though so I'm firing things by eye. Orange peel surface or glassy surface or anywhere in-between.
In other things we've had red raspberries two days in a row. I have to get out there with the shop vac and make sure to suck all the Japanese beetles off the bushes though or we won't have any more this season. And I need to get all the garden hooks and pots up or nothing else will get started. I should be doing that instead of writing here but..104 degrees.
Did I mention I made a very crude Princess Luna symboled copper and enamel wrist cuff. My second piece of enamel jewelry. It didn't fire well due to the fact that the strip of copper runs off the kiln plate at both ends but I think I have a better idea that I'm going to try tonight. (And yes I'm secure enough in my manhood to wear a copper cuff with a crescent moon symbol on it. Bite me Fox News.) Oh and clear enamel flux? Did I mention it fires pale pink? WTF?
Well I'm off to try and fire more enamel!
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