Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Stay with me, Kenneth!

Kenneth The KilnI have no beads to show you. There I was today making beads when all of a sudden I noticed that something was amiss with Kenneth, my kiln. He was losing heat. I turned the kiln off and on again (works with many things) and he started heating up again but after a few minutes his temperature dropped. At this point I removed my iPod earphones to listen to his relay which wasn't doing its normal clicking on and off. Funny - the click of the kiln becomes white noise after a while but you soon notice when something isn't right about it.

Swearing followed and a slight panic set in. Then I remembered that last week Kenneth was displaying symptoms of a dodgy relay but I must have blocked it out because I didn't want him to be ill. More curse words fell out of my mouth as I realised that no more beadmaking action would be taking place today. There is also the fear that this might be more than a broken relay but the problems are pretty much the same as when Kenneth's relay went last time so I have everything crossed that he'll be okay. I've ordered a new relay and that should be here in the next couple of days and then I'm hoping that once I've fitted it it'll all be alright.

I'm trying not to get lairy about this. I've made a rice pudding to calm me. Pudding is good. Pudding always helps. Not going to get stressed .....

So no beads for a couple of days, people. Pants!

9 Comments

Karen Gladys Henry said...

I'm sorry Kenneth is ill, and I hope he's easily fixed, as replacing him would be costly I'm sure. I feel as you describe when my computer is ill. I didn't think of rice pudding when my monitor was non-functional for a little while (no computer art, ACK!) But I appreciated the suggestion. Creme brule would be good too!

Laura said...

Yes, he would cost quite a lot to replace. I really hope that I can fix him.

Creme Brule would be good! Pudding always helps - stressed is desserts backwards!

Laura

Mel P said...

Poor Kenneth I really hope that you can make him better ((((((((HUGS))))))) This must be very stressful xxx
I find baking and the all important eat of cake make the world a clamer place, I have baked a lot of cakes this week :0)

GlitzerKlimbim said...

I wish you a lot of good luck

Kathrin ^^

Jo said...

Oh no! Poor Kenneth! I hope the new relay does the trick.

Melissa J. Lee said...

Ugh, so stressful when the kiln falls ill. I hope it's an easy fix.

Sue Doran said...

Get well soon, Kenneth!

Steph said...

nooooooooooooooooo!

Sue Doran said...

BTW, I'd be interested in knowing how to fix a broken relay as (touch wood), my kiln has never had one. Does the new relay come with instructions? (If you need a kiln to do batch annealing, I'd be happy to help though I realise the perfectionist in you probably won't allow that!)