Thank You Tom Petty for the perfect blog post title!
Well after nearly 20 hours, of patiently asking Siri how much longer*, I was finally able to remove the cooled mold and glass quilt from the kiln. The mold must be broken off of the glass (carefully), which is a lot like a being an archaeologist, although most of the time I wasn’t gently brushing away dirt.
Because the mold material expands in water, most of it must come off dry, or risk the expansion breaking the glass.
After about an hour, I unearthed the glass quilt!
Then I put it in a shallow water bath and scrubbed with a toothbrush to get the mold mix out of all the fine detail areas.
Although in most of these pictures it looks glassy, the quilt is still a little wet. When it dries, it has a dull finish. This has to do with the mold material. I can’t sand it, or I’d take away all of the details. So I asked a few other glass artists for tips. I am going to try a RUBBER polishing tip on my Dremel. Fingers crossed!
Oh, and isn’t this the most intriguing color – it’s not your eyes or my camera! The main glass is called Rhubarb – it changes from green to that’s pinkish rhubarb color depending on what light it is in!
And this is the original piece of the quilt (6″ square roughly)
*Just for fun, here’s the Cookie Monster Outtake video: