My baby has come out of the mold and I now have to clean and prepare the head for the next stage. Of course the porcelain remembers everything! What this means is even if I think I have prepared the head the way I want it, the porcelain fairy in the kiln has final say so as to what pops up. Even if I didn't want it too. I have to be aware that even a scratch from the roughness of my skin can make a flaw on on the face which can make a problem for painting the head later. But the porcelain is so soft to touch is why I love it. It feels almost like baby skin when I brush my hands across it.
Now I am getting ready to create my canvas. I have cleaned and smoothed the head and beveled the eyes sockets so I can put eyes in after the head is fired. I kiss it and put it in the kiln which will fire at an extremely high temperature for the next 14 hours. This is where the fun comes in too, because when I pour the porcelain into the mold, the head will shrink slightly when it dries. When I fire the head it will shrink even more. When it comes out of the kiln the head will have shrunk about 20% smaller than what was originally sculpted. Of course, this is one of the things I have to keep in mind even before I begin sculpting because this affects what is going to be the finished size of my doll. Now - off to the kiln. To be continued ... Did the kiln fairy behave herself?
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