Overcooking … Doh!
Another lesson learned – the hard way. Apparently one can ‘overcook’ PnP in one’s heat press. Dammitall! At least that’s what I think happened, as I decided to take the 15 dichro pieces through one-more-round in the heat press. Last night’s successes didn’t etch correctly today – the PnP mask didn’t protect the dichroic surface. (My only other thought is that Armour Etch on PnP doesn’t act the same as Etch-All … too harsh, maybe??? IDK, as I’ve only ever used Armour Etch …) Anyway, I lost several pieces, but had enough to load the kiln … Now to see what 1400 degrees does to them. Here are some of the pieces pre-firing … I’m excited and dreading the kiln opening tomorrow – uh, later today. (You can see a few over-etched pieces in the middle photo – but I’m hoping I can salvage with custom edging … fingers crossed!)