Birdies - today I had an epiphany - could they wear shoes? Why not?
That will be in the next batch.
So, how it is working is that I am getting the hang of it and being able to keep the little guy warm and then when he is mostly done (save for the bottoms of legs and feet) he can go into the kiln. This way there are birds in different stages of completeness in my studio - not sure if that is good or bad. Once they get their feet then they must be re-annealled slowly!
This is the latest batch that I took out of the kiln today
I am still seeing lots of room for improvement, but it is also fun to watch the progression.
The next batch are still feetless, but they will have to wait until tomorrow night or perhaps Wednesday to have feet created.
Here are a few closeups: