My adventures into the worlds of fine silver and polymer clay.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Prefiring the Dolphins with a Torch
I'm still working on the silver dolphin pendants. They are about ready to go into the kiln. However, first I am prefiring them with a torch. Why? Two reasons. First, one of them (the lone dolphin with the dichroic glass) has a captured hanging bail for the chain. I used a torch on that part by itself to prevent the two independent pieces from fusing to each other in the kiln. Secondly, I wrapped the glass dichroic cabachon a little to tight, so I was anticipating some cracks. I'm doing a little shrinking prior to full sintering, if you will. And it did get a couple of tiny fractures. Easy to fix. Once that's done, it will go into the kiln.
More updates to follow after the final firing and patina...