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by Kevin Midgley
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Paragon GL24 kiln roof element installation
Replies: 2
Views: 733

Re: Paragon GL24 kiln roof element installation

Tighten the wires in the usual way: Yes tighten the wires. Leave for a long period of time. Retighten the wires and repeat until you can no longer retighten the connections. The copper will move during the above process and if not done can result in burning of connections and necessitate element rep...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique

Wire if you can pull it out. Straw will burn out as will wax.
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique

sprue sprue sprue and more sprue. High speed may cause cavitation where the glass hits the mold. Chances are you won't be able to consistently control the speed given the thermal characteristics of different molds. Float glass? why bother unless you are wanting a devitrified look. Eye candy here: ht...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pottery Wheel
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Pottery Wheel

Which one will be more pleasurable to use? smoother quieter etc. Then buy that one if both have the features and power you think you need.
I really dislike the noise of operating machinery. You will have to listen and try them both.
What are you going to try making some Higuchi vase forms for glass?
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Light weight Kiln Shelf
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Light weight Kiln Shelf

Check out building recycling sources for the tiles but of course when you look for them, the little identifying marking on the back may be covered in grease from the chicken fry restaurant they inevitably were removed from. :lol:
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to Fire Dichroic and Retain Colour
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: How to Fire Dichroic and Retain Colour

Best of all when you get a piece of gorgeous dichroic glass people wonder why you want to charge more for it or just like Barry said you don't want to sell it. Everyone assumes in this world that everything comes from a factory and it is produced simply as required. I think the best way to describe ...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Light weight Kiln Shelf
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Light weight Kiln Shelf

Armstrong Ceramaguard ceiling tiles are usable BUT they can heat warp, dent easily and also break easily enough when picked up 'wrong'. A regular kiln shelf will stay flatter, won't dent and won't break easily when picked up. My take is to use the regular kiln shelf and accept your kiln firing will ...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to Fire Dichroic and Retain Colour
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: How to Fire Dichroic and Retain Colour

The colour you see face on will not be the colour you get when fired. The colour you get will be closer to the colour you see when you tilt the coating. If you are trying for a bright blue, good luck doing it consistently as the coating companies produce variations from sheet to sheet. The only way ...
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: WIFI monitoring of RTC 1000
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: WIFI monitoring of RTC 1000

If you just want to monitor from point A the kiln to Point B, there are security cameras and screens that are wireless and don't use internet
Swann and Lorex ones come to mind. Basically they are visual and auditory baby minders or unannounced visitor warning systems.
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: 2020 Ornament Exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: 2020 Ornament Exchange

I like the requirement of a signature. I'll probably use one of my gold decals applied to an edge of the ornament so as to not detract from the design. The paper tags that were often glued on the back in previous magnet exchanges made it difficult to apply magnets. Obviously single layer edges will ...
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8865

Re: enamel suggestions

Brock Craig was adamant that you never use silicon carbide with fused glass.
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8865

Re: enamel suggestions

use aluminum oxide sandblasting grit only. The carbide etched glass will not fire as clean.
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I think I have a bad relay. Am I doing this right?
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: I think I have a bad relay. Am I doing this right?

Nothing will generally prevent a mechanical relay from eventually failing. Firing at high temperatures with long holds where the relay clicks on and off more than once a minute WILL generally shorten a relay's life. They will always fail in direct relationship with the importance of the glass in the...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Glass/Cash Survey
Replies: 8
Views: 5547

Re: Glass/Cash Survey

The basic issue with creating in glass is not charging enough for what you create. If you charge enough, you may be surprised at what you can earn from your glass work. If you are not charging what an electrician or plumber is making, then you are not charging enough. If what you make does not sell,...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Drop with Dropring
Replies: 16
Views: 1894

Re: Drop with Dropring

Who knows. experiment.
The more layers the more variability.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Drop with Dropring
Replies: 16
Views: 1894

Re: Drop with Dropring

Be prepared for lots of testing. Residual heat within your kiln will be the problem. You will peek at the glass and say that looks perfect only to realize that the piece you are making is like a car with no brakes. The effects of your peeking cannot be ignored either. Take Notes. Lots of notes. You ...
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: melted mess
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: melted mess

I had glass on elements for years. If you have some electrical safety controls, turn off, remove power when kiln is heated to say 800F??? With a spray bottle of water dialed to a fine stream, Open the kiln and spray onto the glass which if you are lucky will crack from the thermal shock and become r...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri May 22, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Books Lundstrom
Replies: 6
Views: 1612

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: 1612

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: 1163

Re: Lady's Slipper

Different COE's certainly work in this format LOL.
Beautiful work.

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