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by Tom Fuhrman
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Buy and sell
Topic: I’m looking to buy a used flat lap
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Re: I’m looking to buy a used flat lap

There was one listed on FB Glass Tools for sale in Idaho. 24" Somaca, $2500. you might try to check that out. I had 2 very old Somaca and they were real workhorses. C.R. Laurence bought out Somaca about 10 years ago if I recall.
by Tom Fuhrman
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flat Lap
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Re: Flat Lap

I ordered and received a hair barrette, I will pursue it further. In the mean time my wife gave me a battery powered potters wheel she had bought years ago and never opened. Bought thru Hobby Lobby and can be run off a 6V transformer . Haven't tried it yet, but that item was $24 when purchased so th...
by Tom Fuhrman
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flat Lap
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Re: Flat Lap

Really good double faced tape will hold a steel disc on the aluminum. We used to use the tape to hold things down when we were doing milling on a good sized milling machine and it held. It might be worth a try to use some waterproof Gorilla glue or some good silicone. I'm just hoping that one of the...
by Tom Fuhrman
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flat Lap
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Re: Flat Lap

I just ordered one. I'll let you know the outcome. Total was $36.79.
by Tom Fuhrman
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Professional Photographer for glass art in Portland OR
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

Re: Professional Photographer for glass art in Portland OR

check with Bullseye and see who they have used for their brochures and advertising pieces.
by Tom Fuhrman
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flat Lap
Replies: 13
Views: 2481

Re: Flat Lap

I saw those advertisements as well and thought the same as you. I know of people in the past that have used larger ceramic throwing wheels as lap wheels after converting them. the magnetic diamond discs might be a challenge to use on these as I think the top surface is aluminum so it would require s...
by Tom Fuhrman
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dichoric & iridized
Replies: 15
Views: 12647

Re: Dichoric & iridized

If you were familiar with the production of catspaw and the formulations of it, you would realize why it disappears when it is heated to fusing temps. It never ceases to amaze me the people that haven't taken the time to visit glass companies and get an education on how difficult it is to make and k...
by Tom Fuhrman
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dichoric & iridized
Replies: 15
Views: 12647

Re: Dichoric & iridized

As a furnace worker I used to spray tin chloride quite often as many glassblowers have done. It requires you to create a chamber that is well ventilated/exhausted and if used properly and carefully is not that dangerous. Some people I know even used silver chloride and Fenton even used ferrous chlor...
by Tom Fuhrman
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Effect of Samarium on kiln elements
Replies: 1
Views: 1677

Re: Effect of Samarium on kiln elements

according to what I have read samarium oxidizes at 150C,. I doubt it would have any effect on your kiln seeing as how it is such a very small amount, 1% of that thin coating on the glass has got to be almost indistinguishable.
by Tom Fuhrman
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glues and silicones
Replies: 9
Views: 5303

Re: Glues and silicones

Lisa, it depends on where the piece is to be used and what type of joint is involved. For outdoor usage, I preferred Panacol VBB-1. for some interior pieces I used 6108 with good success.
by Tom Fuhrman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glues and silicones
Replies: 9
Views: 5303

Re: Glues and silicones

check out www. Panacol-USA , I have used a lot of their adhesives with great success. They even have some of my applications shown on their website. They make a lot of different adhesives depending upon your application. They used to be called Tangent Industries but were merged with a European compa...
by Tom Fuhrman
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SSR question
Replies: 17
Views: 9198

Re: SSR question

don't dismiss putting a fan on them as well. In my experience, it helped a lot. Those small computer fans are very inexpensive and are well worth the effort to install.
by Tom Fuhrman
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Using Rare Earth Oxides
Replies: 8
Views: 5328

Re: Using Rare Earth Oxides

It depends on what rare earth oxides you are referring to. Cerium is normally used as a polishing agent for glass primarily as a final polish. Other rare earths are used in a few glasses but are normally mixed into the batch before they are ever melted. As far as applications of rare earths to glass...
by Tom Fuhrman
Wed May 22, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: shipping large glass on containers on ship
Replies: 5
Views: 3231

Re: shipping large glass on containers on ship

If your crate is wooden, make sure you have the proper wood as many countries regulate what woods they will allow into their country for fear of the wood containing latent larvae from in sects. If you can get someone with experience making international shipping crates to make the crates for you.
by Tom Fuhrman
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'
Replies: 11
Views: 8095

Re: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'

possibly buff with a little pumice or cerium oxide. they will actually polish the surface.
by Tom Fuhrman
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: colourless glue
Replies: 8
Views: 6106

Re: colourless glue

Contact Tangent Industries in Winsted, CT,. I have used a lot of their adhesives and they have been very good to work with. They make many different types of adhesives for many different applications., sorry, just checked, they are now called Panacol-USA, Torrington, CT. 860-738-7449. info@tangentin...
by Tom Fuhrman
Fri May 04, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Loose abrasives vs. bonded(pads,etc.)
Replies: 3
Views: 3227

Re: Loose abrasives vs. bonded(pads,etc.)

Many people have changed to the bonded abrasives because you can use one or two laps and just change the discs very quickly. Having the loose abrasives requires you to have more machines, usually a dedicated machine for each grit or you spend a lot of time cleaning up when changing from one grit to ...
by Tom Fuhrman
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: making cabochon with coin inclusion?
Replies: 21
Views: 18288

Re: making cabochon with coin inclusion?

I used to put copper pennies in bottles and paperweights when I had my furnace. I would make a small indentation/cup in the gather then insert the coin and attach a 2nd gather on the cup's edge to encapsulate the coin. For fusers I would try making a small cup shape and then put the copper penny in ...
by Tom Fuhrman
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: How to Tell Good Art from Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 24167

Re: How to Tell Good Art from Bad?

A good read is "The Principles of Art" by R.G. Collingwood who wrote this in 1923 but still has a lot of relevance to this subject today.
by Tom Fuhrman
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Cutting Very Thick Glass Slabs
Replies: 12
Views: 12717

Re: Cutting Very Thick Glass Slabs

you don't say what the thickness of the slabs are. I used to cut slabs that were 1" thick and 12" square in a few minutes with a MK saw and a 10" blade I don't know what you're doing wrong. lots of water , a good saw, and a good blade should do it. I also used to cut large pieces of o...

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