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by Kevin Midgley
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: engraver is still at it
Replies: 3
Views: 67

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: 77

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: 67

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: 4
Views: 330

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: 620

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....
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: pate de verre-ish
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: pate de verre-ish

Or you need to pack an inner shell holding the carefully placed powder in place.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Adhesive Question
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Adhesive Question

No, Dick that resin has a 7 day full cure.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: what to do about new kiln
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: what to do about new kiln

I commiserate with you LOL. What is the metal doing inside the kiln conducting all the precious heat to the exterior? Good luck. Whoever made it didn't know what they were doing. In case you can't get a refund, cutting the interior metal bars out of the lid and bottom may make it usable. But you did...
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: pate de verre-ish
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: pate de verre-ish

watch your temperatures LOL

Look through the files on Warmglass
Like this in the photo section.
http://www.warmglass.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=41287&p=351974&hilit=pate+de+verre#p351974
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: what to do about new kiln
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: what to do about new kiln

Not Fiberglass but refractory blanket. Yes you may need a respirator because of the irritation that can occur from handling the material. Generally and take this advice at your own risk, the refractory materials themselves are safe and supposedly non cancerous. Time will tell. Heating refractory mat...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: greetings. new here
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: greetings. new here

Unlike a site like 'twitface' the posts remain and are searchable. However it is advisable to cut and paste notes on information you find useful as this site was hacked in the past and large numbers of early posts disappeared.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln shelf
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: kiln shelf

The micro holes in kiln shelves are filled with the multiple layers of kiln wash you apply. Not only finding kiln shelves can be difficult but finding smooth non gouged ones can be difficult. Potters don't care if they have gouged shelves and the suppliers take little care of their inventory. The tr...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1862

Re: enamel suggestions

Not engineering shops but electrical installers.
Those food grade gums since they make water thicker and into a gel, are good for putting on burns or fires for that matter.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln wash recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: kiln wash recipe

Probably doing nothing wrong. If you add more clay the kiln wash will stick to molds better but it will also stick to glass better. Kiln wash once dried will be dusty if not much clay and won't stick to the glass so much. You have to figure out what you want and need and mix accordingly. There are a...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1862

Re: enamel suggestions

I reckon all the gels used to thicken or stick stuff are just variations of all the different gums you can get that can be used to prepare food. The last one I made, didn't stick glass together all that well but I'd made a very liquid batch of guar gum in a tiny plastic eye drops empty bottle. I put...
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Christmas Suncatcher
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Christmas Suncatcher

So real looking. The only complaint is that I can't smell the flowers.
Well done indeed.
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1862

Re: enamel suggestions

Do air brushing inside a spray booth with supreme filtration at the exit end of that filter. Air brushing will suspend particles in the air for Hours and hours after spraying. Please visualize a brilliantly sunny day where a beam of sunlight comes inside your room and you can see the 'house dust' dr...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Materials for casting a container
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Materials for casting a container

The lower density board will insulate the glass you are heating and make the firing slower and longer. The higher density board would allow more heat transmission through conduction of the kiln heat through the material and into the glass. The lower density board because it is less dense has infinit...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help me find this COE 82 amber powder!
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Help me find this COE 82 amber powder!

The instructions were clear when I learned. Stains down on a thin bed of throw away whiting and paints up. Silver in my experience can come back to haunt you months and months after the fact. Your first comment on seeing its golden return will be a 'what the..." Where did that come from? The an...
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help me find this COE 82 amber powder!
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Help me find this COE 82 amber powder!

effectively you have a silver stain which may be difficult to track down these days.
If you have not used stain before and it looks like you did with those pieces, it is advisable to fire face down or risk have stain fumes reappearing on your glass work at the least opportune later time.

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