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by Kevin Midgley
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to mount...
Replies: 7
Views: 79

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: 79

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: 67

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: 156

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: 216

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: 281

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: 241

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: 303

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: 403

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: 303

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: 732

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: 989

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: 288

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: 989

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: 499

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: 288

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: 499

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: 365

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: 1615

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: 2888

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.

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