I now realize that being without a kiln certainly has its advantages - I am now doing things which I had shelved for many months, eg making jewelry with my lampies (don't you like this nickname?! It seems to be the latest nickname for lampwork glass beads, though I admit I don't know who started it).
One other reason why I have shelved making jewelry was the fact that I couldn't figure out how to finish my necklaces without the crimps and beading wire showing. Honestly speaking, I can't stand seeing them exposed, it feels unfinished and wishy-washy to me. However this is my own opinion and definitely not speaking for others in general. I know not all buyers are not as particular as I am about the exposed crimps and beading wire. You can't imagine how eternally long I have been pondering on this! It is only now I discovered how I could use seed beads to make my catches! Yes, I feel totally 'duh' about it. So, this kiln-less time has been such a valuable lesson!!
Here are 3 necklaces - all 18" long - I made yesturday: