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Send me your empty, your poured.

kiln operation


After yesterday’s kiln repairs, these lichor bottles look just as I expected: bright, transparent, without spots and no cracking.  Now I’ll paint them with tropical birds that I see around my house.


These are the ones I fired last week when the kiln wasn’t working properly: lots of devitrification (chalkiness), bubbles, exploded bubbles, and generally ugly.  I am so pleased to have figured out the problem.

Send me your empty, your poured.

Classes Resume

glass fusing classes playa samara be3ach cost rica

The relay switch arrived from Georgia and Steve installed it this morning.  So the kiln is again operational and hot.  Fusing classes resume Tuesday and Saturday mornings at 10 am at Casa Gecko Glass.  Call 2656-1010 or email lavae@casaelgecko.com for a reservation.  $20 or 10,000 colones.

Production of art works will resume between classes.

How to replace kiln element

I’ve just had to replace the element in my kiln, after about 4 years use.  We ordered one from the manufacturer through our local distributor.  But, when we opened the package, the new kiln element didn’t look anything like the old one, which was about 3 meters long and  wrapped around the fire-box twice.  This was a short little piece of tightly coiled steel.  It wasn’t immediately obvious to us that we simply had to stretch the new element to the same length as the old one.

We laid the two out together on the floor and Steve and I holding firmly to each end, we gently pulled until the new one was as long as the old one.  Then we pressed it into the tracks in the fire-box and pinned it with the little metal staples.  The package included good instructions for wiring the element to the thermostat and voila!