or Tales from the Toaster Oven.
Yesterday I got to work on an order I had that was due by December 23rd. They were supposed to be 1-inch replicas of Mashimaro (a Korean bunny cartoon thinger) with a Santa hat and bells. Well, I got to work on it and struggled the whole time trying to get the body shape correct, sticking on the ears, etc. I finally finish (hooray) and stick them in the toaster oven and run upstairs to get my findings and paint and glaze and when I come back downstairs to the kitchen I notice that it smells a little stronger than usual (I cover my projects in aluminum and put them in mini aluminum loaf pans). I think nothing of it but then I look in the oven and they're burned! The tops where the hats used to be are charred and black, and the body is this toasty brown like a marshmallow. I turned off the oven and took them out right away. All that hard work for nothing!! Needless to say, I was very upset. I was under pressure to have these by a certain date and I go and ruin them. I cried for a good five minutes before I managed to calm down and have a laugh about it. I can't figure out if I accidentally had it set on Toast or if it was just the way I positioned them high on the rack or whatever. It was weird.
I made a second batch that evening and they turned out just fine.
Here's the botched version:
And here's the final versions:
A learning experience for sure.
Anyone else have any disaster stories?