I wasn’t ready to run the kiln yet, but had some time to melt glass. I got tired of pulling stringers, so I made this little green spider out of glass. (If this paragraph is gibberish – read below!) The span of the legs is about 2 inches, so it is a pretty big spider. I decided that I needed a mascot in my studio, so he will now supervise my work.
A kiln is a device used to soak glass at a certain temperature and to cool glass slowly. I helps to prevent stresses from building in the glass which in turn should make the glass stronger. I dislike turning it on and then going leaving it while I have to go run errands for hours.
Stringers are threads of glass used to decorate beads or other glass objects. They are made by heating a glob (gather) of glass and then pulling it into various thickness. I have about a month’s worth of stringers all ready.
I discovered that the little fellow is pretty durable. I grabbed one of the legs while it was still hot and my reflex was to drop it. It bounced on my workbench, but did not break. Had it broken – I would have been sad.