Sunday, July 22, 2012

Christmas in July Sale!

I'm having a "Christmas in July" sale in my Etsy shop from now until the end of the month! It started on July 12th, and I keep meaning to post photos of my CIJ offerings here on my blog, but things get listed and then fly off the shelf before I can get the pictures posted!

So come on down to my Etsy shop and have a look around at what's (still) for sale! I'm listing a lot of orphans and discounting sets that have been hanging around too long.

Here are some things that I've had in my CIJ sale. Some are available as of this posting, but they're going fast! I also have a lot more to photo and still get listed for the sale. Maybe I need a 'Christmas in August' sale too....

Enjoy the photos and see you there!

Rainbow dots destash, Christmas in July

Blue metallic encased dots destash

Etched Vetro. Steel Blue with SIS stringer

Java Love coffee cup and beans

Organic metallic destash

Helios destash

Notos destash

Organic dots destash

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bad Mandrels?

It's been a crazy depressing few weeks dealing with my kiln problems! The metallic luster has been vanishing from my beads and I can't figure out why. It seems to be getting worse and worse. I'm going to be sending the kiln back to The Glass Hive for rebuilding. Mike and Pam at Glass Hive have been really great in helping me solve this issue!

I've lowered my kiln temperatures all the way down to 820 and tested metallic beads, they still lost reduction. I bought a stand-alone pyrometer to test the temperature, and it was off by 50 degrees F, but even with adjustments the reduction was still disappearing. I've also tried activated charcoal, with no luck. Pam suggested my kiln might be contaminated.... but with what???

bad ole' rusty mandrels!
Bad mandrels???
She said iron pyrite, possibly introduced by low-grade steel mandrels, can contaminate the kiln and cause this problem. Also, if my kiln has been running 50 degrees hot, that could have caused more iron to vaporize.

I do have some very old mandrels... old ones that have rusted but I've scrubbed off the rust and kept using them... [insert peeking-from-behind-couch emoticon] and some really questionable hollow 3/16" mandrels that bent in the heat of the kiln.... omg... maybe this is why my problem keeps getting worse. We can't think of anything else it could be!

I haven't searched LE yet for threads about iron contamination, but Pam thinks she remembers someone talking about it there. Do any of you have experience with this?

My kiln should be back in a couple of weeks, all rebuilt... I'm sooooo excited. Hoping, praying, wishing that somehow this problem gets solved!

In the meantime I'm going through my THOUSANDS of orphan beads and having a "Christmas in July" sale on Etsy! My 11-year-old daughter sorted through all the orphans for me. She organized them according to design, like scroll beads, discs, spacers, encased, sculptural, etc. She was a huge help. I can't believe she did all that. I paid her! :)

More on the Christmas in July sale in my next post!