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by Dick Ditore
Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:45 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: polishing
Replies: 5
Views: 3992

You can use a flat lap and grind the blank and polish before you slump.

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: UGH - Devitrification!!
Replies: 1
Views: 1770

A lot of stained glass is susceptible to devit. You would have to sandblast and refire.
by Dick Ditore
Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusion 10 help, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 4039

over two layers brings in the volume control issue. Some glass leaves ripples on full fuse. When l want a really flat surface, I fire face down and then flip over. Fire polish if you want it shiny. For the edges, you need to cold work if you want the edge even and not wavy.

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:15 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: John Reyntiens and Pilchuk
Replies: 7
Views: 4435

oops. Sorry Catherine, just realized you are in session 1. Sorry I will miss you.

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Sat Apr 03, 2004 9:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How perfect are you?
Replies: 22
Views: 12337

Ive had the same thing happen Phil. It depends on the piece. If it is a large or nice art piece, I will redo it, and my family gets more gifts! If it is a production piece, I evaluate it on how minor it is, and if I am probably the only one to notice, if so, let it go. From what I have seen of your ...
by Dick Ditore
Sat Apr 03, 2004 9:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: John Reyntiens and Pilchuk
Replies: 7
Views: 4435

Congrats Kathie. I think everyone is right. I am looking forward to seeing and talking with all the classes. Catherine, nice to hear you will be there! Look forward to seeing you again.
by Dick Ditore
Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hey Dick . . .
Replies: 26
Views: 13400

I too am wondering who else got in. I know there are probably politics involved to some degree. There is everywhere. In my case however, I do not know anybody at Pilchuck, and this is my first application. Have heart. I hope that to some degree they read the application and look at the slides to get...
by Dick Ditore
Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hey Dick . . .
Replies: 26
Views: 13400

Oh alright. Saturday was pretty amazing as I received notification from Pilchuck that I was accepted into Klaus Moje's class in July and August. I don't think that it has really sunk in yet. My head is spinning. I know from what you and Avery have told me that it will be a wonderful experience. This...
by Dick Ditore
Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hey Dick . . .
Replies: 26
Views: 13400

Well, I did order KB from netflix. Still Waiting

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hey Dick . . .
Replies: 26
Views: 13400

Do you mean did I get any mail recently?

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Sat Jan 10, 2004 1:45 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Applying for a Pilchuk Scholarship
Replies: 51
Views: 19418

Got my catalog. Inspiring, intimidating, exciting,intimidating... I agree, Doug would be a GREAT TA! Will apply and pray to the kiln gods!

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Sat Jan 10, 2004 1:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: NGR time again...
Replies: 34
Views: 12642

Got my first refusal yesterday! I guess I will start a file of them. Just had to submit for the heck of it. Congratulations Sean!

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: large circle cutter
Replies: 18
Views: 9236

Thanks. I like the design of the toyo, and prefer carbide over steel. It is just nice to find out if anybody really does not like one. The toyo is more money, but looks worth it. I am not sure about the fletcher. It is less, but I don't always like to go for the lowest price. The cutters mate seems ...
by Dick Ditore
Mon Jan 05, 2004 3:09 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: large circle cutter
Replies: 18
Views: 9236

large circle cutter

Hi all. I wanted to know if anyone had experience with the larger circle cutters? I need to cut circles 23" and up. I have found several:

Fletcher circlemate II
Toyo circle supercutter
Cutters mate
Silberschnitt

What works, or doesn't?


Thanks,

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Tue Nov 11, 2003 2:11 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: hiding devit
Replies: 7
Views: 3669

Back magic says it matures at 1000 but it is closer to 1200. All the sprays seem to require a higher fire polish. On bad spots I usually just sandblast and fire to 1300.

Dick
by Dick Ditore
Mon Nov 10, 2003 1:10 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pilchuck Auction - Inquiring Minds Want to know.......
Replies: 7
Views: 3793

What a great time! We were thrilled to be there, see so much great glass, and support our much deserving friends! Here's to next year needing more tables!

Dick and Marlene
by Dick Ditore
Sun Oct 12, 2003 7:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Spectrum 96 White - discoloration?
Replies: 18
Views: 6663

Was it the spectrum 96, or just spectrum? Sometimes the non tested do weird things. I have used 96 black, red, and white in lots of combinations, and never had it change. Could you have had a contaminant on the shelf or in the kiln? Silver stain or other products could have an effect.


Dick
by Dick Ditore
Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Need Simple Water Feed Setup for Grinder
Replies: 9
Views: 3816

I bought a small fountain pump, put it in a tupperware container below the grinder, and plastic tubing to drip on the sponge. another tube goes into the drain at the bottom of the grinder. Then I just change the water often. I added a little valve to control how much water flows.



Dick
by Dick Ditore
Wed Sep 10, 2003 8:19 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: gallery insurance question
Replies: 22
Views: 12107

Thanks for the replies. I understand both sides. Basically, if they are not insured you have to be willing to write it off. I know most of the time this will not be an issue, but want to be upfront. I am looking into insurance just to price it. I have heard horror stories of not only work being brok...
by Dick Ditore
Tue Sep 09, 2003 9:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is there a difference between peeking & flash venting?
Replies: 8
Views: 3909

No, a quick peek is fine. The only danger is opening too much or too long as it cools and you risk thermal shocking the glass.

Dick

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