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by Kevin Midgley
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Help! Can my ceramic frit mold be saved?
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Help! Can my ceramic frit mold be saved?

Just because something like Boron coatings are new and expensive does not mean that they are better than traditional coatings such as Bullseye kiln wash. My suggestion would be to get a dremel out and taking safety precautions, grind away the glass. Then I would sandblast the mold and apply kiln was...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 11
Views: 83

Re: Fusing antique glass

Low firing temperature clear enamel.
If it hits the plaster mold you'd have to make it will make a mess.
If it runs through you'd have a blob on the back side.
A glue that appears to work for glass with unknown longevity is Lepages 100% glue.
The project being discussed, just buy new old glass.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 11
Views: 83

Re: Fusing antique glass

Forget anything but number 1.
Seek out new old glass.
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 11
Views: 83

Re: Fusing antique glass

1. Buy new old glass is the answer. Make something with the old broken glass as a memento. 2. Obtain a flux that will assist in the melting of the glass. Apply it to the broken edges and assemble and fire. Problem will be the inevitable missing bits and the change in sizing and shape caused by the h...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Novice looking for help with Fuseworks Craft kiln
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Novice looking for help with Fuseworks Craft kiln

frit could tend to grab kilnwash. kiln wash does need to be reapplied. Opalescent glass will grab kiln wash more than transparent glass. Keep you small kiln with manual controls. buy a pyrometer and install it so you can watch the temperatures. You will learn far more than if you go directly to a ki...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

Now you can begin to understand the difficulty of making the box!
Keep playing with the glass but be sure to keep notes.
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

Drinking glasses and bottles are made on ribbon machines that will spit them out one per second. Hot glass can move that fast and you want to control melt it in a teeny kiln? On older warmglass websites before the crashes, there was a members gallery and in those photos was a fantastic glass box ass...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster water separator.
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: Sandblaster water separator.

One way to get the water out of the compressed air so that the separator can do its job is to cool the air and a low technology way to do that is to install a coil of small diameter copper tubing between the compressor and the water separator.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Mica in Casting Mold
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Re: Mica in Casting Mold

I found that with a mold containing mica in the mold matrix that the mica left marks in the glass.
Your experience may vary.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: shipping large glass on containers on ship
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: shipping large glass on containers on ship

crates can be customs checked. Beware of the kind of screws being used to seal the crates. If they don't have the right screw driver handy to open the crate, they use crowbars. :shock: Needless to say the crate will not close properly after such treatment. Been there done that.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun May 12, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Heat shelf. Turn off power. brush on kiln wash. Yes it will sizzle. Repeat until you cannot see shelf surface. Helps to apply at right angles to previous coating. Different kiln washes have different amounts of clay that cause it to stick or not stick to shelf. Some people swear by Primo. Bullseye's...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed May 08, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Re: enamel suggestions

Don suggested "some crazy people". An alternative to paint that could drive you crazy would be to use sheets and powders of tint glass layered and also sand blasted thinner so as to change the colour densities. Guaranteed to be difficult and drive you crazy in the process but probably no m...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri May 03, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Re: enamel suggestions

Multiple firings, multiple coats will possibly give you the result you want. Silver stains fire down onto disposable whiting. (you don't want random silver in your kiln) Paints/enamels are fired face up unless you don't mind them sticking to whatever they are place on to fire. Spray booth absolutely...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Need advice on cooling AFAP with Paragon CS-26
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Need advice on cooling AFAP with Paragon CS-26

speed kills.
If you want to load a kiln sooner than the one you have wants to cool down the answer is to buy another kiln.
There are no shortcuts to glass making.
You would not want to sell a piece and have it break months later because you didn't anneal it.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC)
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC)

However you may find that less is more than that suggested by Barry. The less you use, the less there is to burn out in the kiln and to not leave residues.
It will depend on the CMC you buy and how much glue power you need to use.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln controller question
Replies: 15
Views: 1164

Re: kiln controller question

I was also told 40+ years ago that you were supposed to scrape the connector wire ends before making the connection with thermocouple leads.
And as well to tighten the connections and to re-tighten them an hour or so later.
The sending units with Digitry are nice.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flash glass questions
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Flash glass questions

Higgins glass for examples of what is possible
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: casting with blowing glass
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: casting with blowing glass

The glass you made had more heat work and thus was more likely to devitrify.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SSR question
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: SSR question

Since heat is the enemy on all things electrical I would suggest going for the presumably extra capacity of the 50amp. What would your local electrical code say? Further to the above, what is saved if the kiln stops running because of the smaller SSR you cheaped out on? Time and glass will be lost i...
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: casting with blowing glass
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: casting with blowing glass

These are questions you could possibly have better answered if you contacted the professors at Alfred University or took a course there. Devitrification is started by a 'seed' for lack of a better term which could be the tiniest imaginable speck of dust or chemical combo on or within the glass. You ...

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