Kiln furniture that is. Good grief that stuff is expensive!
When making pots, all you really need are a few kiln posts and shelves. When making pendants that are glazed on both sides, that method is completely useless.
In the very beginning I was looking a bead trees like these:
These would have worked but they are pretty pricey. Like $35 per set of 2 trees pricey! Are you kidding me?
I refused to pay $300 for bead trees so I started looking for an alternative. I came across photos on Flickr of people using the smaller kiln posts and just stacking them and I thought, "Brilliant!"....
But it wasn't really as brilliant as I thought because it was difficult to stack some of them where the pendant wouldn't touch the little kiln posts. I guess this method works well with beads but not so much for my pendants. I was losing it trying to figure out how to use the space in my kiln the most effectively. Grrrr...
So, rather than spend a fortune on kiln furniture, I decided to make my own. I made 6 to start with which fills half of my medium kiln.
They are stacked when in use. Three on the bottom, then filled with pendants and then 3 more stacked on top going the opposite direction. AWESOME!
So, tonight I made 6 more so that I can fill the whole kiln with pendants each time I fire. Don't you just love it when things come together? I sure do! Oh and cost? $15.00 for the 6 I've made so far. Not too shabby, eh?
Now it's time to unload the kiln and see how the pendant and earring sets turned out.....