I cast the first of my Larger Mugs last night! Being the first pour of a new mold, it was slow in releasing... so, I let it sit overnight (OK to do since there are no undercuts to hang-up during shrinkage)...
When I woke up this morning (at 5:15!) I was not clear-headed enough to feel like I should be handling the mug... so, I waited patiently (ie - caught up on my blog reading) and opened it about 6:30 when I was feeling a bit more clear-headed and steady.
|First pouring of Larger Mug!|
I am soooooooooo pleased with the results! The 2nd pouring is draining as I type and may be able to be released from the mold before I go into work this morning... if not, that's OK, it can wait until I get home this afternoon (not sure if I can wait that long though!) [** UPDATE - I was able to release it before 8 AM, and a THIRD one is draining right now!**]
As I was photographing the new mug, I noticed a dry mug in the background that it's handle broke, so, to compare the two at this stage is close to the final difference in size. The amount of shrinkage in the drying is minimal, compared to the final firing.
|The handle-less Original Mug (dry) with the Larger Mug (leather hard)|
So... a side-by-side comparison... WOW... I am EXCITED! Can you tell???
|A top view... color is off... but it works...|
This is 20 years in the works... the excitement I feel is hard to describe! To actually see it in clay... that drives it home to me. The wooden model was great, to see in 3-D finally, but in clay brings it to an altogether different level for me!
In my bog reading this morning, I concentrated on clay blogs... well, clay bead blogs... I have been trying to get some clay beads and pendants and buttons made, now that my clay muse has returned, and is in a productive mode... maybe I can get some of those done as well... WHILE filling the requests I have already on my list! Starting tonight, I will add a status line at the top like my friend Kelley does, that way everyone will know where they stand. Why not now, you ask... because I have clay to attend to, that's why!
Wishing you all a fabulous day filled with wonderful things...
And sending purrs to Kelley on the new addition to her family... can't wait to see pictures!