I changed my firing schedule. I slowed the down ramp from the high end casting soak to the anneal soak, as I was getting thermal shock cracking. This also
Here are the glass pieces cracked out of the molds.
|M. jubilaeus cleaned up some|
|M. flumine cleaned up some|
I tried to tone down the yellow on M. jubilaeus by adding a lot of amber tint powder to the yellow and orange surface powder (2:1 amber tint to color by volume), but the yellow backing frit just overpowers everything.
|"Toned down" new piece on the left, old piece on the right|
I rubbed one of the M. jubliaeus pieces with graphite, and then sealed it with clear acrylic. Actually, they all looked good wet, so I sealed them all with clear acrylic.
The plan is to offer the red two pieces (M. gumbo and M. flumine) as a wall mounted diptych as an appropriate reward to a Kickstarter backer, but I think I will photograph a triptych and submit to New Glass Review (and chances of it getting in: pretty much zero):
|(L to R) M. flumine, M. jubilaeus, M. gumbo|