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by Kevin Midgley
Fri May 22, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Books Lundstrom
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Books Lundstrom

Brilliant idea. Not that I ever use commercially available objects for molds as I make all my own.
Of course there is one issue with using glazed ceramic plates for molds is that unless you are willing to drill air escape holes in them, you may have bubbles forming.
by Kevin Midgley
Wed May 20, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Books Lundstrom
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Books Lundstrom

not that I know of. It was originally a fusing ranch product. If you can find it, buy it. I suspect that the coat, but I have zero idea if my suspicion is correct and nor have I ever done any testing to see, is that it would be alumina hydrate. A lot of fancy priced materials used for glass are comm...
by Kevin Midgley
Sat May 16, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Lady's Slipper
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Lady's Slipper

Different COE's certainly work in this format LOL.
Beautiful work.
by Kevin Midgley
Tue May 12, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: fusing intiricate pattern.
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: fusing intiricate pattern.

if could be used for food cap with clear.
ensure you have air escape paths below the piece otherwise you may trap air.
That is one firing.
Two firings says clear underneath, fire it and then flip it over and fire again so the clear is on top.
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best tweezers for glass shards
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Best tweezers for glass shards

I find my plastic ones have more grip for glass than any metal ones.
Different ones for different jobs.
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Does a new kiln controller come already programmed?
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: Does a new kiln controller come already programmed?

I presume you kept the old controller. Open it up and look for a little glass tube containing the fuse wire. Chances are there is one in there although some lower quality units may not have such things. Held in place by two clips the fuse pops out. You can sometimes see the wire broken inside or the...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Using Glass Flux in Casting Process
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Using Glass Flux in Casting Process

It sounds like a great idea but I suspect the flux will act like a wetting agent and make the glass want to stick to the mold material. Of course that wouldn't matter if you were going to send it out to an acid polisher or were able to polish it yourself. The real answer is more heat or a more flowi...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Does a new kiln controller come already programmed?
Replies: 5
Views: 388

Re: Does a new kiln controller come already programmed?

i don't know the internals on the controller that died but I had Digitry controller fail because a fuse inside it burned out when a sending unit from a thermocouple was damaged. Popped in a new fuse and I was back working.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to mount...
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: How to mount...

If you have Brad's Warmglass book, in it you will find an upper torso without much detail, by Brock Craig. When I bought out his studio I obtained that mold. I found it lacking in details and I increased the neck and sides and added the missing naughty bits to the glass I made with it. If you want a...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to mount...
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: How to mount...

I cut with a series of drilled and jig saw cutting a curved slot/pocket in a slab of wood. In my situation a 2x10 piece of lumber was used. I had the board running front to back and the slot/pocket cut on an angle so the glass torso could lean back slightly and become self supporting. Best of all wi...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kiln element compatibility with stainless?
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Kiln element compatibility with stainless?

Ceramic tubes are available. Old knob and tube wiring tubes could work as well. Get your wiring inspected before using.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: PID controllers?
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: PID controllers?

Digitry. Why? They work. With a battery backup system short power failures can be ignored as the unit will continue the firing when the power comes back on The value of a saved load of glass can be more than the price of the unit. Combine with Mercury relays for long high temperature holds. Worried ...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: cut, carved and polished
Replies: 5
Views: 582

Re: cut, carved and polished

This is a good example of exploring concepts.
I presume you are aware of Brian Blanthorn's works?
It is a great twist on the viewing window idea.
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Carbon Steel Mold
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Carbon Steel Mold

Considering some stainless will also spall, you just have to live with it and ensure there is enough kiln wash used. Might be an idea to have an easy to clean up surface beneath the mold to catch the bits.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bell kiln repair
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: bell kiln repair

Kanthal A1
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: engraver is still at it
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: engraver is still at it

That is when you have to work with lower cost materials and just use a Dremel and diamond bit. If you are into sandblasting and shading depths of glass your cost is already too high in terms of time spent cutting stencils etc. I'm in this book with flattened bottle and hand drawn engraving. Just one...
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: wet saw suggestions
Replies: 4
Views: 722

Re: wet saw suggestions

I suggest blade stiffeners. Your issue will be keeping your cuts straight and my issue is trying to figure out how to cut pattern bars with a blade that has no glass waste. Bit of an impossibility but the blade stiffeners could help as could a smaller blade. Figure out a way to wet both sides of the...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: engraver is still at it
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: engraver is still at it

Cheaper? simpler still would be to fire regular art glass of the colour you wanted, engrave it and then rub white chalk into the engraving to give it the white accented look you desire. If you wanted to be fancy you could use coloured chalks and instead of the animals looking fire ash coloured white...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fiber Kiln/Shelf
Replies: 7
Views: 1169

Re: Fiber Kiln/Shelf

Nothing like a regular kiln shelf for taking accidental abuse. I built my own kilns and went with traditional kiln shelves. In theory there is less thermal mass in the kiln because of the fibre shelf but by the time you solidify it with cement, I cannot visualize much benefit during heating and cool...
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Adhesive Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1488

Re: Adhesive Question

If it takes a week for full chemical resistance then it is still curing to maximum strength. The week came from looking it up online on the company website. For sure, heat curing speeds up strength gain in most epoxies. It looks to be similar in strength to glue I use so I'll stick with what I know....

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