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Old 2016-04-06, 7:53am
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I've been doing a lot of boro work, where it doesn't matter as much, but am toying with the idea of doing some soft glass again. I share a kiln with a studio mate, and the kiln is probably three steps from my bench. It can't move.

Question is, is there a way to ensure integrity of the bead for the duration of time it takes me to get off my butt, jaunt over to the kiln and garage it? I'm guessing it takes 5-7 (literal) seconds. Am I over worried about this?

I thought of dunking it in perlite or some such thing before heading over, but this adds potentially unnecessary time to the whole thing.

I know most lamp workers put their kiln right on their workspace, but I can't do this. Can I work this out?

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Old 2016-04-06, 7:55am
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You're fine. You don't put your bead in the kiln until it cools a bit anyway, or the glass would move after you put it down. My kiln is on a moveable cart behind me, and I take it out of the flame, rotate it for a little, then walk it over and put it in the kiln. If it was in another room I might think you were stretching it, but a few steps is fine.

When you take a class, there is a kiln that everyone uses, so you have to get up and go put it in the kiln.
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Old 2016-04-06, 8:10am
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The class thing makes sense. Didn't think of that. Awesome! Thanks
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Old 2016-04-06, 9:06am
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I have a rolling chair. Sounds lazy, but it saves time.
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Old 2016-04-07, 12:21am
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Aye, I have one or three beads that are forever welded together because I did NOT take that 10 seconds between taking it out of the flame and putting it into my kiln.

It's a learned timing thing but you will pick up the skill in short order.


It's when you get lost admiring your own creation that you run a risk of letting it cool too very much.
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Old 2016-04-07, 8:24am
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My kiln is about 10 steps from my bench. Never had a problem.
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Old 2016-04-07, 1:56pm
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My Kiln is also a good 10 steps from my bench, no worries at all !!
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