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by Chris Lowry
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stainless ring mold
Replies: 7
Views: 5017

Re: Stainless ring mold

Thanks Brad, good ideas
by Chris Lowry
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stainless ring mold
Replies: 7
Views: 5017

Re: Stainless ring mold

Any reason you can’t use thicker stainless rings as long as you use fiber paper for a buffer? I have some 1/8” and 1/4” thick rings that were for a different project.
by Chris Lowry
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: plaster for casting
Replies: 11
Views: 8843

Re: plaster for casting

Thanks... that's what I ordered but it will be awhile before I get to try it.
by Chris Lowry
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Microcrystalline Wax
Replies: 6
Views: 6136

Re: Microcrystalline Wax

That looks like a cool website, I honestly didn't see Microcrystalline Wax on there. There are no local stores as I live on Maui so ordering is my only choice. I did find this place for good cheap Victory Brown Wax. http://shop.clay-planet.com/victory-brown-microcrystalline-wax.aspx Now I just have ...
by Chris Lowry
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: plaster for casting
Replies: 11
Views: 8843

plaster for casting

Sorry for the stupid question but I can't really find what I'm looking for with the search function. What type of plaster do you use to cast with? I know there are products from R&R but I'm just wondering about plaster silica type molds. What I understand is dental plaster is good but I also rea...
by Chris Lowry
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Microcrystalline Wax
Replies: 6
Views: 6136

Microcrystalline Wax

So where do you get wax for molding? I can't believe how expensive the stuff I find is, $140 for 10 lbs. Thanks for any info
by Chris Lowry
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Mold material
Replies: 1
Views: 2676

Mold material

Can I use this stuff as a mold material? Roxul ProRox SL 960 Mineral Wool Insulation

Found some used stuff and thought it might make great texture mold material.
by Chris Lowry
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best kiln
Replies: 12
Views: 10911

Re: Best kiln

So now I want to build a small oven, what type of board are good?
by Chris Lowry
Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln shelves
Replies: 6
Views: 3971

Re: Kiln shelves

But my kiln has elements on the bottom... New kiln so never used. Don't I need to hold the shelf up off the floor?
by Chris Lowry
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln shelves
Replies: 6
Views: 3971

Re: Kiln shelves

I would consider anything that works... What is a good fiber shelf? I'm mostly taking blown objects and fusing them together... Ending up with 1" to 2" thick larger panels. This means the shelf needs to withstand the weight and hopefully last a long time. The dams I have now are 5/8" ...
by Chris Lowry
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln shelves
Replies: 6
Views: 3971

Kiln shelves

So what do people use for large kiln shelves and dams? Where do you buy such products? I need a kiln shelf 27 x 39... Seems like Euclid has a great extruded shelf and dam but shipping to Hawaii is $1,000. I can get a corelite shelf from Olympic kilns with an ok shipping price but they don't have dam...
by Chris Lowry
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:49 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Re: Help with crack

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by Chris Lowry
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Re: Help with crack

Well yes so far kiln glass is very temperamental compared to blown glass. It's crazy how after changing one little thing you get such a different result. It is a lot of work figuring out every nuance of the kiln. Just yesterday I thought I should slump at a lower temp since my piece seemed to be don...
by Chris Lowry
Sun May 29, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Re: Help with crack

Totally understand what you guys are saying and apriciate the comments. I've been a glass blower for 30 years now but kiln work is very new to me. I was just frustrated with a piece that cracked when I've had similar pieces that worked great. It makes me wonder if the ones that have worked are stres...
by Chris Lowry
Sat May 28, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Re: Help with crack

I've been thinking about you response for awhile now and although I understand your point of view I disagree with it. We have so many books and publications out there that we could spend our whole lives just reading and never have any personal interactions. I personally am not the best reader or wri...
by Chris Lowry
Tue May 24, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Re: Help with crack

Well I understand the principle but can never get a clear answer on what is good.

I can find all sorts of schedules for annealing but none for the turn up.
by Chris Lowry
Mon May 23, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Re: Help with crack

200 f

I'm trying to refire the pice right now and I did 150 f an hour.
by Chris Lowry
Mon May 23, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Help with crack
Replies: 15
Views: 10864

Help with crack

So I had a piece crack and I'm a little confused. I was putting pieces together that were previously fused together. It seems like it cracked on the way up as the crack was partially fused back together. Strange that it wasn't totally fused back together as the parts I was putting together were full...
by Chris Lowry
Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Annealing question
Replies: 15
Views: 11518

Re: Annealing question

So a hold at annealing temperature is to make sure you have uniform temperature threw out the piece. When I'm fusing I'm dropping as fast as possible from 1500 to 890 then holding. It seems like it would take a long time to get even temperature. Would it be better to hold for an hour at say 1000, wh...
by Chris Lowry
Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Annealing question
Replies: 15
Views: 11518

Re: Annealing question

Yea... But can you actually release stress at the low temperatures of slumping? On another note, if all the stress is out from fusing does that mean the slumping annealing schedule can be shorter? Just interesting thoughts I don't know the answers too. In blown work we assume that if you put a piece...

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