Here's a list of things NOT to do while working with your
1. When adding frit to top up a mold in a hot kiln, make
sure you don't pour it directly from the plastic container it comes
2. No matter how cool the kiln
appears, don't vent it with an ordinary block of wood.
3. Don't reach in the kiln
with tongs from the grill, unless you wash them first. The grease
flashes into flames and the whole shop smells like hamburgers.
4. A small bubble-type level is a
wonderful tool to use when you want to make sure that the kiln or
mold is level. But don't forget to remove it from the kiln
before firing. (On the other hand, this can leave behind an
interesting ghostly impression on the glass....)
5. Thinfire paper may look like
ordinary unlined paper, but it's not the same.
6. If you remove warm kiln
shelves from the kiln and place them on a plastic bucket to cool ...
If you want to level your kiln, don't use
wooden shims between the kiln bottom and the metal stand.
(That is, don't do this unless you want to learn how to make
The lid of the kiln being fired does not make
a good shelf. (On the other hand, the scorch marks in the book
you placed on top of the kiln make a great reminder of what not to
I'm embarrassed to report that all of these
"tips" came from posters on the Warm Glass board. Even the
best of us sometimes forget that the kiln is hot.
Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.
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