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by Jeanne
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln cement for chipped brick
Replies: 2
Views: 1831

Kiln cement for chipped brick

I bought a used kiln and it had a fair amount of chips along the edge of the lid and the body from the previous owner propping it open. I decided to skim a thin layer of furnace cement over the bricks to keep them from flaking. The layer started lifting and peeling as it dried, taking brick chunks w...
by Jeanne
Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Lid Element replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 2590

Re: Lid Element replacement

We have GFI breakers for most of our regular basement outlets. Everytime we ran the table saw, the breaker tripped. If we plugged it into a non-gfi outlet, we didn't have the problem. Learned from a construction friend that this is a problem they come across when working on someone's house and plugg...
by Jeanne
Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Lid Element replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 2590

Re: Lid Element replacement

If you determine the kiln is wired properly, check your GFI and your breaker.
by Jeanne
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kilns
Replies: 24
Views: 11342

Re: Kilns

@ Bobbie - Per your original post... You said your kiln is 12 years old and you fire it daily - perhaps it's time to bid it adieu. The amount of time, effort and money you've spent/or may spend, to rehabilitate this kiln sounds like a lot, (are you still using the original controller?) not to mentio...
by Jeanne
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kilns
Replies: 24
Views: 11342

Re: Kilns

I don't keep my peep hole open - just the top. I would think the humidity in Florida, your proximity to the coast, plus your kiln in the garage (not climate controlled) might play a factor in the rusting. I don't crash cool my kiln anymore. Too many here have mentioned that it's tough on the bricks ...
by Jeanne
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kilns
Replies: 24
Views: 11342

Re: Kilns

I think it rusted out because I was venting through the peep hole. Mike at JenKen told me to crack the top open and vent to 1000 degrees. How are all of you venting. It is recommended to keep the lid propped a little to 1000F if you are using glue, thinfire or other additives. How close are you to ...
by Jeanne
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Lap Grinder problem
Replies: 11
Views: 4960

Re: Lap Grinder problem

Anyone ever try one of those suction/glass/dent remover tools? Like this one?

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by Jeanne
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kilns
Replies: 24
Views: 11342

Re: Kilns

Just wondering what the environment is where you keep your kiln?
by Jeanne
Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Wax Vac, no its not what you think!
Replies: 12
Views: 5729

Re: Wax Vac, no its not what you think!

@ Valerie - Wear a wig and sunglasses.....
by Jeanne
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster or WBS?
Replies: 7
Views: 3799

Re: Sandblaster or WBS?

As Charlie said, these tools do different things. I was able to get a new inexpensive blast cabinet (about 24" wide) that works for the size pieces I do. Cost about $200. The Compressor was more money (around $350). I was able to get a Somaca wet belt sander off of Craigslist (not that easy to ...
by Jeanne
Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Shelf wash or paper?
Replies: 8
Views: 4643

Re: Shelf wash or paper?

How many coats are you using? I use BE kilnwash. I put on 4 or 5 coats in alternate directions - just following the mixing and application directions. A little will dust up when I sand - you just need a very light touch. I use one of the spackle sanding blocks - the fine side.
by Jeanne
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Shelf wash or paper?
Replies: 8
Views: 4643

Re: Shelf wash or paper?

Kiln washing the shelf is no biggie. Just follow the instructions for mixing and put on the appropriate number of coats. I keep a modest batch mixed in a 1 q1 plastic container. I just mix it up with a paint stick before each application with a hake brush. When the last coat has dried I go over it l...
by Jeanne
Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: nichrome wire inclusion
Replies: 6
Views: 3990

Re: nichrome wire inclusion

Got a picture? Sounds like the twisted wire is fairly thick. How close to the edge of the glass are you going? What's your schedule?
by Jeanne
Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: wind chimes that don't chime, they clunk
Replies: 6
Views: 5610

Re: wind chimes that don't chime, they clunk

In my experience, which is not as technical as those noted - I have found that the smaller the piece, the lighter the sound. My fused pieces are generally just a 3mm base with accents on top. My chimes have both fused and regular stained glass pieces. When I make a chime with small pieces (about 2&q...
by Jeanne
Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dyson shelves
Replies: 5
Views: 3173

Re: Dyson shelves

Marty wrote: They did say that uneven masses on the board would lead to thermal stress and they recommended having anything on it well supported by kiln posts.



Was this mentioned in their specs?
by Jeanne
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit
Replies: 25
Views: 12553

Re: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit

Order them from these guys. At 35 cents each they are virtually disposable. http://thk.hk/onlinestore_details.php?id=24 I buy all kinds of core bits from them. THK is also sold by Lau on Ebay (they have been mentioned on Warm Glass in the past). I have bought a lot of bits from them and the large c...
by Jeanne
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit
Replies: 25
Views: 12553

Re: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit

I use a thin finish nail and put it through the side slots and tap it downwards with a small hammer. You could also just try a punch or nail set. Hit it in the center and break it (maybe score it first). Have to take the bit out of the press to do that.
by Jeanne
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:18 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: polishing using dremel tool
Replies: 7
Views: 11784

Re: polishing using dremel tool

Rubber polishing wheels on the dremel work fairly well to minimize the appearance of fine scratches. They also make rubber polishing points. You can try the felt with cerium after. Try practicing on some scrap glass first.
by Jeanne
Thu May 16, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Workbench?
Replies: 20
Views: 10596

Re: Workbench?

You could always try the floor mats for wood floors that go under desk chairs.
by Jeanne
Wed May 15, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Workbench?
Replies: 20
Views: 10596

Re: Workbench?

@David Jenkins. I can top that "messy" work table.

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