Saturday, October 5, 2013

This Is What It Sounds Like When Your Kiln Dies

Perhaps "dead" might be too strong a term for what's going on with my kiln right now, but what I can tell you with certainty is that it isn't working.

Thursday, when I was working on my bead (because I didn't have time for more) for the Art Bead Scene October Challenge I noticed that, after several hollow beads and a normal working kiln, that now my kiln was dark. The orange-yellow glow of the heating coils wasn't lighting the kiln. Then I noticed that instead of the, "click-hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm" I normally hear with a heating cycle turning on and continuing to heat, I heard a, "click," and nothing.

Having experienced this dreadfulness once before I wasn't totally freaked out. I was only frustrated and disappointed. My relay had died.


There is a shop near my house that will fix this for me, like they did last time, for around $40. That's way better than the cost of a new kiln, for sure, but you also have to wait a few days for it. I decided to check the price of a new relay myself on Jen-Ken's website. For less than the repair I paid for last time I got two relays (for the inevitable "next time") and priority shipping, and it'll get it in about the same amount of time as waiting for the repair. Hooray!

Now I'll be able to do this myself. I hope. I guess you'll have to watch the video I post Monday (or Tuesday, depending on what time the part comes) to see how well or poorly I do. Suspense!

In the meantime, check out the four beads I was able to make in the short time my kiln was working on Thursday. The hollows are nice. I've got a bunch of (legally obtained) exotic beach sand to put inside them! But don't laugh at my owl!

Hollow Lampwork Beads
Art Bead Scene October 2013 Challenge - Owl Lampwork Focal Bead

Yeah. I might need a couple more tries on that guy. Work out the layering steps a little better. Alas. You can tell he's an owl though, right?

So, come share your catastrophies, frustrations, and set-backs. What's gone wrong in your studio lately? Tell me! I don't want to be the only one.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You poor girl! How frustrating. But you took on a new challenge by getting the part(s) and fixing it yourself. Good on you!