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by Kevin Midgley
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln elements
Replies: 5
Views: 404

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: 484

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: 248

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: 484

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: 164

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: 871

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: 871

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.
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by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Desert Morning
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Desert Morning

impressive Don,
Took a while between creation and the install.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Buying Bullseye Glass
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: Buying Bullseye Glass

Like everyone else outside the US, you have them crate it up and arrange the shipping and pay the lower price for buying in bulk. Then we have the added cost of dealing with customs brokers and paying government taxes and local delivery costs. Alternatively find someone going out of business, rent a...
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Lupine suncatcher
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Lupine suncatcher

I can't see the aphids! Lupins always have aphids. LOL
Great job done!
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Where is the iridescent 96?
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Where is the iridescent 96?

Merrygoround glass had a wonderful orange/red opal with irridized oil slick finish that when fired, came out in one piece but crumbled when touched. The joys of early kiln work with incomplete knowledge of the glasses or the firing characteristics. The irid survived nicely wrinkled but that was it. ...
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Where is the iridescent 96?
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Where is the iridescent 96?

Decades ago before the days of 96, Spectrum made a wonderful irridized product on Baroque glass. So I bought a crate of it. Fired it up low temperature and made vases which can still occasionally be seen for resale online. However I would not have bought that glass if I had known prior to delivery t...
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'

Great idea Tony. BonAmi being limestone is the same stuff as whiting which is calcium carbonate which is limestone. :lol:
Seriously the best glass cleaner going for the price.
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'

Whiting. Also have to remember that the opal glass with the problem is by its very nature a devitrified glass. Once devit has started as in the glass was devitrified to create the opalescence, it is more subject to other things that may devitrify it like the stickers or even glass sucker ring marks....
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Playing with drop vases
Replies: 3
Views: 624

Re: Playing with drop vases

Nice work Ed, The tops don't have to be cut off if you drop the vase onto a nice wide base and fuse them together all at the same time. Takes making a few duds to get it all perfectly done. :lol: And all you thought you had to do was perfect the timing and temperature of the drop? Don't forget the v...
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Firing Schedule for abalone shell
Replies: 1
Views: 609

Re: Firing Schedule for abalone shell

raise mold off shelf
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: steel backing for glass
Replies: 4
Views: 1128

Re: steel backing for glass

Richard LaLonde gives classes where backings are created as you describe.
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: "Dumbing down" of glass art?
Replies: 55
Views: 44652

Re: "Dumbing down" of glass art?

It is really easy to explain my glass to studio visitors as 'I make grilled cheese sandwiches of glass'.
Then they understand the 'process' and can just enjoy the eye candy.
Dumbing down can sometimes be helpful.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: out of the norm and need firing schedule
Replies: 9
Views: 1769

Re: out of the norm and need firing schedule

If you'd fired it onto Bullseye kiln wash, the wash probably would have washed off clean. As it is an opaque colour of red you'd probably have to re-kilnwash the shelf. Easier than using paper. Never touch the stuff myself although it is easy enough to make your own 'paper'.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: out of the norm and need firing schedule
Replies: 9
Views: 1769

Re: out of the norm and need firing schedule

brilliant instructor fusing it to the paper. covered, you will probably trap air. What are you plans for the piece? I think I'd be tempted to remove the paper. Soak it in water and scrub carefully with heavily gloved hands. Some residue will be left. Then I'd hang it on a wall or window to be kept a...

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