20 May 2005
This image shows the second layer of shell vessels. The interior dimensions of the kiln are 6 inches by 6 inches by 6 1/2 inches high. It's hard to tell from the photo but the shells are suspended from the thick metal support rods with thin wires threaded through the stringing holes. I generally try to leave at least 1/4 inch between the pieces to prevent them from fusing together during the firing. All in all, I'm pleased with the results. There are several combinations that didn't work out exactly to my taste but nothing that I would call an absolute failure.