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by Judd
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pottery Kiln Wash?
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

Re: Pottery Kiln Wash?

When we made pottery kiln wash in college, it was 50% EPK and 50% Alumna Hydrate. To make it more like glass kiln wash, you would have to add 20% to 30% Alumna Hydrate... right?
by Judd
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Glass/Cash Survey
Replies: 4
Views: 2492

Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Glass has always been a hobby for me that happens to make a little money on the side. However, with the exception of very few that describes art in general. Few of us become Dale Chihuly or Damien Hirst (god forbid), but if we can make Cool we can make a little money.
by Judd
Thu May 17, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: Is an art degree necessary for you to be or become an "artist"?
Replies: 7
Views: 2636

Re: Is an art degree necessary for you to be or become an "artist"?

Art degrees aren't necessary for anything unless you plan to do education.
If you can make Cool, you can be successful at selling art.
by Judd
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: Polishing any fused glass in a rock tumbler
Replies: 15
Views: 4560

Re: Polishing any fused glass in a rock tumbler

I know a lot of "artists" who use rock tumblers to create faux sea glass.
by Judd
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: Sharing studio space with friend or significant other? Horror or heaven?
Replies: 6
Views: 2673

Re: Sharing studio space with friend or significant other? Horror or heaven?

He has a business degree with 25+ years in hotel/restaurant/ medical office management. We're going to have fun.
;-)
by Judd
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: Sharing studio space with friend or significant other? Horror or heaven?
Replies: 6
Views: 2673

Re: Sharing studio space with friend or significant other? Horror or heaven?

In college, the pottery studio was a collective and I really enjoyed that. We seemed to feed off of each other's creativity. My new boyfriend, god bless his little heart, doesn't have an artistic bone in his body, but he wants to learn. I think I'll enjoy sharing a studio with him.
by Judd
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)
Replies: 8
Views: 1967

Re: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)

I'm not sure why you're wanting to do a drop mold. That would be a lot of heat, and bottle glass doesn't flow like art glass. Why not just make a plaster mold of the top of the spoon rest, then do a clay slip to create the positive? Or better yet, just let the bottle melt naturally flat on the kiln....
by Judd
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is float glass food safe?
Replies: 3
Views: 1425

Re: Is float glass food safe?

I understand if some glazes aren't fired correctly, they can leech chemicals into food, but that can easily be corrected by always capping the design with glass.
by Judd
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is BE black really a deep green?
Replies: 6
Views: 2267

Re: Is BE black really a deep green?

Well... celery is a good color... right?
;-)
by Judd
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Advice on what went wrong
Replies: 6
Views: 2430

Re: Advice on what went wrong

Roy,
Your kiln died? Ah... sad panda.
Get that bad boy fixed. It's much cheaper to fix a kiln than buy a new one.
What's the problem with the kiln. Many times a repair is quite cheap.
by Judd
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Advice on what went wrong
Replies: 6
Views: 2430

Re: Advice on what went wrong

1) You didn't program an anneal into your firing? Well, that screwed up your piece. 2) Unknown COE glass? That's why the red went opaque. It's not formulated to go to high temps, and reds/ oranges are prone to turn opaque. You can cast at lower temperatures. I cast at 1465. Also, use tested Fusible ...
by Judd
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Some of my Stuff
Replies: 5
Views: 3914

Re: Some of my Stuff

Thank you very much
by Judd
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: 3D printer to glass casting
Replies: 2
Views: 1942

Re: 3D printer to glass casting

For POP, yeah it's a one time mold. But, you got your plastic positive. You can always make more molds.
We cast bottle glass in the school pottery kiln at Cone 05. After the fire, those molds are toast.
by Judd
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: New Pendant Cabochon
Replies: 8
Views: 3646

Re: New Pendant Cabochon

Very nice. What's the size?
by Judd
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Reduce/remove micro bubbles in full fused pieces
Replies: 4
Views: 3335

Re: Reduce/remove micro bubbles in full fused pieces

I understand many people hate bubbles, but I love them. They add character to the piece.
Just my 2 cents.
by Judd
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: bottle glass frit - firing schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 6492

Re: bottle glass frit - firing schedule

I hope you post an update. I'm interested in your progress.
I love working with float and window glass.
by Judd
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: bottle glass frit - firing schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 6492

Re: bottle glass frit - firing schedule

Jim said Cone 015 for BE glass. Window and bottle glasses need more heat.
by Judd
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: bottle glass frit - firing schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 6492

Re: bottle glass frit - firing schedule

I make my own kiln wash. I use 20% EP Kaolin, 80% Alumina Hydrate. Even with that, I have had sticking at Cone 05.
I know when they make African Powder beads, they have a lot of sticking. They wash the beads in a sand/water slurry.
by Judd
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: bottle glass frit - firing schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 6492

Re: bottle glass frit - firing schedule

Are you wanting to make something like the African Bottle Beads? If so, you should crush your glass until its powder. If you're expecting your frit to smooth out like fusing glass, that will never happen unless you hit really high temps - like 2000 Fahrenheit. At least, that has been my experience. ...
by Judd
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: fill weight and firing schedule?
Replies: 3
Views: 2414

Re: fill weight and firing schedule?

Are you wanting them all to be uniform? If not, I just fill until the glass is heaping over.

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