So today I took a walk on a different route - still trying to stick with the blocked-off streets. Largish skull placed in a round-about and a small one placed in one of those street book-lending boxes. There were about 4 more spots on the route that I want to get back to - one was a delightful yard filled with dino toys, random painted rocks, and other stuff. This one will get (at least) one of ugly bugs and some dino(e)s. Only if I get off my butt and cast some more.
I bought what I thought was 3 more large microwave casting kilns but they turned out to be itsy, bitsy things 3" diameter X 2" deep whereas I was expecting 5"X2" - no wonder they were so cheap! Fortunately, it turns out that Activa yogurt containers are just about perfect for making small molds (blueberry and peach are my favorite). The good news is that I can fit all 3 in my microwave so there is that.
I have 2 regular kilns that are 8X8X4 inches for the largish skulls - one has a controller so that is the one I use. I also will be casting a generic face once I get used to the differences in characteristics. I can actually get about 8 or 9 skulls cast before the mold breaks - as long as the break is a simple crack, I will still use it and call the results my ‘crack-heads’. The reason, besides the obvious, that I cast skulls is the simplicity of the surfaces allows me to remove the glass piece easily - more complex surfaces do not allow the pieces to fall out easily.
The power in my apartment is so damn lame that I can’t vacuum and cast at the same time or the circuit breaks, sigh. I also can’t use the microwave (oops, GG is looking for attention - brb, she has kitty-food breath so she was on her way from her food dish back into the bedroom) and the kiln at the same time. I am considering moving some of my glass stuff into the back bedroom if it is not on the same circuit as my bedroom b/c I would not survive the summer w/o my a/c.
I use ice cube trays for models for my castings; I have skulls (of course - about 8 variations), Star Wars troopers/Darth Vader, pistols, HelloKitty, ninja turtles from the trays. I also have a slew of cake decorating molds that include dinosaurs, turkeys, and well, just go to any cake decorating store and look at all the different molds that they have - plus they are simple designs with no undercuts.
Time to get back to work, Good Night all and have a pleasant tomorrow (whose sign-off was that?)
(all typos are GGs)