Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Memoirs Of A Nipple Washer

It's like a metropolis. The counter almost always looks like this. We have a dishwasher but we also have hard hard water and so the nipples would have a residue on them that I couldn't tolerate so I was always washing nipples by hand. Made me crazy. Mr. Pearl and Pebble did something with the water softener so the last few days, the dishwasher has been a relief. Won't last though. We need a new softener. My sweet precious babies have begun to partake of solid food. Well Gerberized of course. We l-o-v-e our green beans.
And I guess a mouth full isn't complete unless we can stick all of our fingers in too.
Green Beans. I'm just thrilled they love them. Crazy here, just crazy. My indulgence?
Poor Yellow Dog. Life just isn't the same for her either. Couldn't give her chocolate, so I let her lick the wrapper.
I did a new bisque firing at cone 4 and they are fine. BUT my holes were too small for the rods after they dried and I hung them on a high temp wire. Good thing I tried in the bisque fire, because there was MAJOR saggage. If it had been a glaze firing, I would have had a huge mess. I ordered some high temp wire in a smaller guage, but I still don't know if I trust it. Might have to do really tiny loads so that each bead can be on an isolated stretch of wire. Can't wait to glaze and see though!


  1. It completely boggles my mind to think how many bottles you must go through with twins. What sweeties. Yellow dog looks pretty sweet too.

    Tari, I use lampwork mandrels for my beads. They come in some very fine sizes. I also weight the ends of the wires. Oh, heck, I could go on and on. Email me if I can help in anyway. I don't want to clog up your blog with the fascinating inner workings of the kiln :-)

  2. Exciting things going on in your home, Ms. P&P. Clean nipples, green beans, a well treated dog and bisque firings. I am happy to see life is being so good to you...well deserved and long awaited!

  3. The whole family is adorable! Love the photos. You can use tig welding wire, which is what I use for mandrels for enameling. They should survive the firing quite easily. It's what LeAnn is talking about.

  4. So nice to see the photos and know you are enjoying life to the fullest Tari...

    Don't you love it when little ones actually enjoy grandson when he was little loved them all but his favorites were tomatoes and mushrooms???

    Have the best day...