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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: 47

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: 2
Views: 50

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: 182

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: 182

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: 174

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: 481

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: 716

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: 261

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: 393

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: 13
Views: 554

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: 393

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 ...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln controller question
Replies: 15
Views: 716

Re: kiln controller question

Digitry have as part of their system, little sending unit boxes which are fed by the thermocouple and then can be sent via 3 conductor 14/2 house type wire to the controller. No need to be close to the kiln with the digitry controller. The sending units also have a feature where they will buzz loudl...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln elements
Replies: 8
Views: 2271

Re: kiln elements

Jolly check your messages
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.
Replies: 36
Views: 4666

Re: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.

Contact https://sandfire.com/
They can probably flame lathe a precision curved surface for you out of boro or quartz glass.
I'd guess no or little grinding would be needed.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How much weight can wire inclusions bear?
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

Re: How much weight can wire inclusions bear?

I've had no problems with the series of heavy solid fused crushed glass masks I made in 1992 with copper wire embedded in the back for wall hanging. The best hanger was 12 gauge copper wire bent in a U and pushed deeply under the crush prior to melting. Your experience may vary.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.
Replies: 36
Views: 4666

Re: I want to melt glass scrap into a disc.

optically bond them and then grind your telescope lens.
You would want to use some optically clear glass as well not float glass.
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: High Temp Powder Coating
Replies: 5
Views: 1143

Re: High Temp Powder Coating

The usual way to get small powder coating jobs done is to find a powder coater and ask the guys in the back to put the pieces through on the end of a run and you gift them something they would value in return for the favor. Of course done that way the headers might come out Bright Pink if that was t...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: irritating news
Replies: 11
Views: 2220

Re: irritating news

The link when I click on it takes you to a scrolling series of photos the first of which is a barnboard pattern table with various things on top of it. Don't blink the scrolling is speedy. It gives the idea of what the table looks like. Obviously they could move things between locations and in this ...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: irritating news
Replies: 11
Views: 2220

Re: irritating news

Nice table Bert. It is underneath all the stuff they are selling. Barn board pattern shows well despite all the stuff sitting on top of it.
https://homeplushome.com/
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Desert Morning
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Desert Morning

impressive Don,
Took a while between creation and the install.

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