These are the clay parts for the body of a butterfly book I am planning for workshops. I hope they work out, it's kind of hard to tell at this point. This clay piece will act as the spine of the book. The oval flat area is for a vintage face to be applied and a pluck of maraboa feather will be added for hair. They are 5" long as taken out of the molds. They will shrink up a little after drying and firing. I hope to fire within the week and have photos of the finished book to share.
Filling up the kiln always takes so much longer than I plan. You'd think I would have figured this out by now as I have been regularly firing this kiln for over 30 years now (wow, that sure dates me!). We bought it just after getting married. I always have to think about a conversation I had with a friend of mine after buying the kiln ... I quote her, " Ya know Ingrid, that's how you and I differ.... the first thing we bought after getting married was a microwave ... you buy a kiln".