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by Shelley Lewis
Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Devit spray question, and wine bottle question
Replies: 5
Views: 4871

Re: Devit spray question, and wine bottle question

Thanks, Barbara!
by Shelley Lewis
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Devit spray question, and wine bottle question
Replies: 5
Views: 4871

Re: Devit spray question, and wine bottle question

Thanks for the reply, Steve! I will try again :D
by Shelley Lewis
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Devit spray question, and wine bottle question
Replies: 5
Views: 4871

Devit spray question, and wine bottle question

I tried flattening my first wine bottle. I made my own devit spray with 1 T Borax and 1 C distilled water. I was careful to decant it without disturbing any undissolved Borax. I sprayed the bottle down with devit solution, let it dry overnight, and fired. Question 1) why do I have spots on the bottl...
by Shelley Lewis
Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Pieces of kiln stuck in fused glass
Replies: 1
Views: 2376

Pieces of kiln stuck in fused glass

A few small pieces of my kiln apparently fell onto my glass when I closed the lid prior to fusing. Any way to remove them from the fused glass?
by Shelley Lewis
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Silberschnitt circle cutter question
Replies: 10
Views: 5964

Silberschnitt circle cutter question

Can someone please explain the pros and cons/differences of these Silberschnitt circle cutters:

1) 6 wheel turret with steel wheels
2) ball bearing carbide cutting head

Many thanks!
by Shelley Lewis
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Tack fusing frit balls
Replies: 3
Views: 3715

Tack fusing frit balls

I want to tack fuse several dozen frit balls onto a blank in a random fashion. Do I need to secure each ball with glass tac (or elmers, etc) ? I don't want them to slide off the blank or slide into each other...can they do that???
by Shelley Lewis
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: More help with frit casting mold, please :)
Replies: 7
Views: 5030

Re: More help with frit casting mold, please :)

rosanna gusler wrote:Check the position of your thermo couple . You might be over firing due to a malfunction. R.


Will do, thanks for the suggestion.

I had a thought... If I used too much glass tac in the flower's center, which is where the problems occurred, could that be the cause of bubbles?
by Shelley Lewis
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: More help with frit casting mold, please :)
Replies: 7
Views: 5030

Re: More help with frit casting mold, please :)

Whenever air is trapped either under glass or inside glass, and the glass gets hot and viscous enough to expand, the air will expand from the heat, and blow a bubble with the glass. Sometimes the bubbles break. Many pate de verre artists don't heat their glass so hot that it is viscous enough for t...
by Shelley Lewis
Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: More help with frit casting mold, please :)
Replies: 7
Views: 5030

Re: More help with frit casting mold, please :)

The raised area in the brown looks like a bubble. What kind of firing are you using? let us know the ramp speeds, soaks etc. to see if we can help diagnose the issue. Yes, it is a crater on the top of the cast glass, and a hump on the back. I thought it was a bubble too, but I cast 5 flowers using ...
by Shelley Lewis
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: More help with frit casting mold, please :)
Replies: 7
Views: 5030

More help with frit casting mold, please :)

I used my first sunflower frit casting mold 4 times, had 4 beautiful flowers, then the mold cracked. I replaced it with the same mold, and the first flower I cast came out beautifully, but a small piece of mold chipped off when I removed the glass. I smoothed off the rough areas of the small depress...
by Shelley Lewis
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Small piece of frit casting mold chipped-can it be salvaged?
Replies: 3
Views: 2849

Re: Small piece of frit casting mold chipped-can it be salva

Yes, you can definitely smooth it out. Remember, though, that you're working in negative space, so you're going to get a bumpout in the glass to match the hole. I'd try a firing with the chip as-is first, see if you like the result, and then potentially alter the mold with a fine diamond file or so...
by Shelley Lewis
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Small piece of frit casting mold chipped-can it be salvaged?
Replies: 3
Views: 2849

Small piece of frit casting mold chipped-can it be salvaged?

Apparently I didn't get enough mr97 on my brand new flower frit casting mold, and when I removed the fused glass a piece of the mold chipped off. Is there any way to salvage the mold, such as trying to smooth it with fine grit sand paper?
by Shelley Lewis
Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?
Replies: 7
Views: 4264

Re: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?

charlie wrote:have you asked Spectrum?


No, I didn't think about doing that, but I will. Thanks!
by Shelley Lewis
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?
Replies: 7
Views: 4264

Re: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?

When you fully fuse glass, one color sinks in to the surrounding color. It is possible that the colors in the sheet realigned themselves in a fuse firing. Streaky glasses have varying patterns, especially beneath the surface. Thanks, Bert. I have never had this happen before, so I'm glad to know it...
by Shelley Lewis
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?
Replies: 7
Views: 4264

Re: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?

Does anyone else have an answer?
by Shelley Lewis
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?
Replies: 7
Views: 4264

Re: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?

vblue wrote:Did you check the back of the glass before cutting? I noticed that some of the newer Spectrum colors have lines towards the edge of the glass and it doesn't fire away.


Yes, I did. There weren't any lines prior to firing. Thanks for your reply!
by Shelley Lewis
Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?
Replies: 7
Views: 4264

Why lines in one piece of fired glass but not the other?

The green glass in both of these fused blanks was cut from the same sheet and fired in the same load. Why did one end up with lines? I fused a total of 8 blanks from the same green sheet, and 3 have these lines. I think they look really cool, but I don't understand how they appeared. This is 96 glas...
by Shelley Lewis
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: How do I make dichro frit balls?
Replies: 6
Views: 4231

Re: How do I make dichro frit balls?

Thanks, Valerie! How long do you hold at 1450?
by Shelley Lewis
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: How do I make dichro frit balls?
Replies: 6
Views: 4231

Re: How do I make dichro frit balls?

Thank you, Barry! I couldn't understand why I wasn't getting nice round shapes, but your explanation makes perfect sense. I appreciate the reply!
by Shelley Lewis
Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: How do I make dichro frit balls?
Replies: 6
Views: 4231

How do I make dichro frit balls?

I want to make frit balls with 96 coarse dichro frit. 1. Do I fuse dichro up? 2. What is process temp?
Thanks for all the excellent advice!

Shelley

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