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by Michael Stevens
Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: re melt cracked piece
Replies: 0
Views: 93

re melt cracked piece

I had a 6mm panel shatter so I lined up the pieces up and put a little frit around the areas that cracked and re melted to. full fuse hold 15 minutes. one thing is crack line is visible, the other thing is after take out of kiln the piece made some slight sound like cracking but there aren't any cra...
by Michael Stevens
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: crisp lines with powders and frit
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: crisp lines with powders and frit

when I sift or brush on powders and frit, I create barriers using bendable plastic ruler. stencils or brush.

or could use a stringer bent to shape then glued down if you want border line. and fill in. like cloisone style
by Michael Stevens
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: latest work
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: latest work

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by Michael Stevens
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: latest work
Replies: 1
Views: 258

latest work

I sift powder, and frit, in layers.
red dwarf supernova
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morning calm
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by Michael Stevens
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: annealling large panels
Replies: 2
Views: 322

annealling large panels

I'm. making a 30 inch x 40 inch 9mm thick panel what should the anneal time be? I thought about 12 hours would that be enough
by Michael Stevens
Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: bubbles
Replies: 2
Views: 452

bubbles

The glass that I purchase has a lot of micro bubbles and often folds, when I make beads I really don't want bubbles, but Even with a 20 minute bubble squeeze still has bubbles. ify beads 12mm to 18mm size, have bubbles will a fire polish/ or fuse again and add a longer bubble squeeze of maybe 60. mi...
by Michael Stevens
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: dremmel suggestions
Replies: 1
Views: 408

dremmel suggestions

I'm. not sure what tips for dremmel I should get for plaster removal and fine detail cold working. i had many tips when I lived in USA. but now I'm in China it's not easy to.find.. not sure exactly what to get. pictures of the right heads would help
by Michael Stevens
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: frit lace rescue
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: frit lace rescue

came out ok. a little extra texture on the back. needed a little more cold working. but it's ok.
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overall I'm. satisfied
by Michael Stevens
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: COE 90 frit balls ok on COE 96 Christmas trees?
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Re: COE 90 frit balls ok on COE 96 Christmas trees?

you might be able to tack fuse, but really it could crack later. personally, I'd make compatible frit bslls
by Michael Stevens
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: frit lace rescue
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: frit lace rescue

Thanks Jim. saves a lot of tedious work rearranging little frit mounds by hand. I. wish I. had a long handled spoon so I could drop some extra frit during firing in case some areas are lighter.
by Michael Stevens
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: frit lace rescue
Replies: 5
Views: 901

frit lace rescue

It seems a little light and if I remove it from. the kiln shelf there will be pieces fall off. can you cap it and refire it without changing kiln paper.
by Michael Stevens
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Firing schedule for pate de verre vessel
Replies: 0
Views: 431

Firing schedule for pate de verre vessel

I was trying to make a small vessel but even at tack fuse temps it mishaped. i searched but couldn't find a good schedule
by Michael Stevens
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: trying to make a mold
Replies: 5
Views: 1591

Re: trying to make a mold

as a follow up, I made the silicon mold, I filled in some of the deep undercuts. then I made wax casting. added the deep cuts and fine details. will pour plaster silica mix tonight. thanks for all the tips.
by Michael Stevens
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked during heat up
Replies: 15
Views: 2069

Re: Cracked during heat up

my kiln heats up too quick. even if I set it at 5 hours to get to 550c, still can thernal shock some pieces.
by Michael Stevens
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Drop with Dropring
Replies: 16
Views: 3069

Re: Drop with Dropring

I think if dropping 25cm might want 5 or 6 layers. I use four layers for a 6 inch drop. also as mentioned just tack fuse them first if you don't use a dam. make sure things are perfectly level and centered. it's annoying when doesn't drop even. I often add a clear layer in the center, sometimes 2 if...
by Michael Stevens
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked during heat up
Replies: 15
Views: 2069

Re: Cracked during heat up

well looking at your schedule seems slow enough. I usually allow more time when have glass with different qualities, opaque and transparent. if you have lots of bubbles in the glass, or thick and thin fused Together. I vent my kiln little bit on heatup to 500c that always reduces thermal shock in. m...
by Michael Stevens
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Annealing temprature
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Re: Annealing temprature

I anneal at 510 degrees usually just 1 hour for 6mm thick 12" in diameter. but my kiln also holds temperature for a long time so often if I just let it cool without adding anneal cycle it's ok. for thicker 2 hour anneal or longer I make sure to set it. I've had my kiln set at 500 and it's ok. 4...
by Michael Stevens
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bottom heat kiln.
Replies: 11
Views: 2331

Re: bottom heat kiln.

well overall this little pottery kiln has done quite well. when slumping it really helps. overall I've had very few bubble problems that I got with top heat. if I fuse 2 or 3 shelf layers the bottom is hotter so I put things that need hotter temp at bottom. I do put 3 inch stands to raise bottom she...
by Michael Stevens
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: melted mess
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

Re: melted mess

So I removed some of the glass, opened the coils a little and then put back in place. I'm testing it now , if I screwed the coils, I can get replaced for less than 200 dollars, not too bad, . but I'm hopeful this will be ok
by Michael Stevens
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: melted mess
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

melted mess

I was casting something and the mold poured out onto kiln shelf and the heating elements. I have about 6mm thick glass encasing some of the heating coils. I chisseled off some chunks, but I'm. afraid of doing damage to the kiln if repeatdely pounding. should I heat up to 500 degrees and glass cool i...

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