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by Kevin Midgley
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Slump and Fire Polish
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Re: Slump and Fire Polish

Never hand polish on machinery when you have a kiln that will round it all.
get a better kiln wash. Use bullseye
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Little Purple Riding Hood
Replies: 6
Views: 890

Re: Little Purple Riding Hood

Just like many modern day glass people were entranced by the wonderful works of Tiffany, who is going to pick up where Don eventually slows down? The mythical average person does not understand the skills or appreciate the time and money that goes into such creations and then wonders why they cannot...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Little Purple Riding Hood
Replies: 6
Views: 890

Re: Little Purple Riding Hood

Impressive work as always Don. Well done.
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Wall clock - how to hang
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: Wall clock - how to hang

bend a piece of metal and make the missing hanger to go behind the clock hands.
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Help- Deposit refund to customer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1122

Re: Help- Deposit refund to customer?

Her enthusiasm was the giveaway to the coming problem. Whenever someone is over enthusiastic about what you have made, you are not going to get paid. It happens every time. As for the garden club giveaway, you've been suckered. I'd go along with the idea up until the very end when you are for some r...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: ridigizer with fiberboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: ridigizer with fiberboard

Oh I'd expect you to have to apply a separator otherwise I think you'd have heard of "this perfect mold material that never sticks to glass and you can use a zillion times" :lol: We'd have those specialist separator companies worried. Everyone's kilns are different and the sources of mold ...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: ridigizer with fiberboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: ridigizer with fiberboard

Rigidizer is great but I've found it attracts glass like flypaper attracts flies.
Question to ask is will it make the mold any better in some way that is worth that risk.
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: zyp coating
Replies: 13
Views: 1571

Re: zyp coating

there are lots to choose from out there some for a lot of money. Using the carbide open mesh variety sand paper stuck on the bottom of one of these units will allow dust free sanding. Well dust free if the vacuum you are using is of high enough quality and doesn't just blow the dust out the exhaust ...
by Kevin Midgley
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: zyp coating
Replies: 13
Views: 1571

Re: zyp coating

using kiln wash seems the most sense to me.
I was even given a bottle of liquid equivalent of a zyp type and chose not to use it.

Buy a drywall sanding attachment for collecting the dust while sanding the shelves inside your kiln.
Hardware stores have lots of them to choose from.
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glues and silicones
Replies: 9
Views: 1282

Re: Glues and silicones

Lepages 100% glue has mirror applications listed. It isn't an instant grab glue so support during curing is needed
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Help! Can my ceramic frit mold be saved?
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Help! Can my ceramic frit mold be saved?

Just because something like Boron coatings are new and expensive does not mean that they are better than traditional coatings such as Bullseye kiln wash. My suggestion would be to get a dremel out and taking safety precautions, grind away the glass. Then I would sandblast the mold and apply kiln was...
by Kevin Midgley
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 12
Views: 1462

Re: Fusing antique glass

Low firing temperature clear enamel.
If it hits the plaster mold you'd have to make it will make a mess.
If it runs through you'd have a blob on the back side.
A glue that appears to work for glass with unknown longevity is Lepages 100% glue.
The project being discussed, just buy new old glass.
by Kevin Midgley
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 12
Views: 1462

Re: Fusing antique glass

Forget anything but number 1.
Seek out new old glass.
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 12
Views: 1462

Re: Fusing antique glass

1. Buy new old glass is the answer. Make something with the old broken glass as a memento. 2. Obtain a flux that will assist in the melting of the glass. Apply it to the broken edges and assemble and fire. Problem will be the inevitable missing bits and the change in sizing and shape caused by the h...
by Kevin Midgley
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Novice looking for help with Fuseworks Craft kiln
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Re: Novice looking for help with Fuseworks Craft kiln

frit could tend to grab kilnwash. kiln wash does need to be reapplied. Opalescent glass will grab kiln wash more than transparent glass. Keep you small kiln with manual controls. buy a pyrometer and install it so you can watch the temperatures. You will learn far more than if you go directly to a ki...
by Kevin Midgley
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 1548

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

Now you can begin to understand the difficulty of making the box!
Keep playing with the glass but be sure to keep notes.
by Kevin Midgley
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 1548

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

Drinking glasses and bottles are made on ribbon machines that will spit them out one per second. Hot glass can move that fast and you want to control melt it in a teeny kiln? On older warmglass websites before the crashes, there was a members gallery and in those photos was a fantastic glass box ass...
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster water separator.
Replies: 12
Views: 1288

Re: Sandblaster water separator.

One way to get the water out of the compressed air so that the separator can do its job is to cool the air and a low technology way to do that is to install a coil of small diameter copper tubing between the compressor and the water separator.
by Kevin Midgley
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Mica in Casting Mold
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Re: Mica in Casting Mold

I found that with a mold containing mica in the mold matrix that the mica left marks in the glass.
Your experience may vary.
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: 947

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.

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