I bought a used kiln and several miniature doll molds!!!!
So far, I have had to wait on slip and some other supplies to arrive. During the waiting, I educated myself on the how, what, when, and whys of porcelain doll making. The simple truth is that I don't know if the kiln will even work. The way to test it is to do some castings and fire it up!
Sounds like I have it all figured out huh? I know the casting and cleaning will take practice and with time I will get better and better. (fingers crossed) But, I am kinda screwed if the kiln doesn't work. Frankly, it has been giving me anxiety, but I put on my brave face and act like everything is fine. I have been saving mad money for miniature shows so, if I have to buy a new kiln.....I will be wiped clean of mad money. 😢I have been praying over the kiln, anointing it with oil, doing a few rain type dances to encourage the good jujube. I might even put a horse shoe on top??? What ever happens will happen, and I will be disappointed. I am trying to think positive, but preparing for the worst.
I poured a few pieces last weekend, and found that pouring the porcelain into the mold is the easiest part. I released my molds of torsos a bit too early. They looked great, and released fine, but when I poked the arm holes,wet slip came pouring out. (Probably from those mountainous bosoms) I had two decent torsos, a mannequin, and a soup tureen with a lid, platter, and spoon. I cleaned the seam lines as best I could and left them out to dry overnight for a more detailed cleaning.
Sunday morning I awoke to an apocalypse of broken and missing pieces. Since only my son and myself were home, I knew it must have been Catzilla. Many magical words were uttered as she she sweetly rubbed on my ankles.
Today I share with you all my second attempt. I made a drying box. (Finally a use for those shredded documents)