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by Rick Wilton
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stainless mold shallow enough to slump INTO?
Replies: 2
Views: 1963

Re: Stainless mold shallow enough to slump INTO?

You can "almost" always get away with slumping INTO a Stainless mold. The "rule" of not slumping into stainless is one of those rules that the rule maker never actually tried. Unless it has some intricate design which stainless never has, the glass should always come out easily. ...
by Rick Wilton
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 2325

Re: Sandblasting Issues

no matter what the pressure your masking should NOT just come off. If the pressure is too high it might blast through the resist or "eat away" at it but the masking should stay put under any pressure. That's not to say it's ideal to blast at really high pressures, or that extremely small d...
by Rick Wilton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked as a feature
Replies: 4
Views: 3272

Re: Cracked as a feature

It possibly wasn't fused but a sheet of tempered glass glued to a sheet of regular glass with the tempered glass shattered but held in place with the glue and clear sheet. It can also be done without the clear glass yet still using a glue of some sort. The laminated version has been around for decad...
by Rick Wilton
Mon May 29, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is my compressor pooched?
Replies: 8
Views: 6757

Re: Is my compressor pooched?

Bert, I've replace every part imaginable at one time or another. You can buy replacement EVERYTHING for most air compressors. I've replace the the compressor heads, motors, pressure switches, unloader valves etc. I've had the thing get stuck on until the safety blown and come in hours later and the ...
by Rick Wilton
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Car window glass
Replies: 3
Views: 3204

Re: Car window glass

Car WINDOWS are tempered....... car windshields are laminated.

Windows good to fuse

Windshields NOPE
by Rick Wilton
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polarizing film
Replies: 11
Views: 5913

Re: Polarizing film

who'd have thought talking about polarizing film could be so............... polarizing.
by Rick Wilton
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glass cracks on fused glass oil lamps I made
Replies: 5
Views: 3691

Re: Glass cracks on fused glass oil lamps I made

If the hole was drilled but not either refired or "smoothed" out it will easily break from the heat. When a hole is drilled and not either fire polished nor cleaned up there are dozens of "micro starts" these are microscopic flaws in the glass just waiting to "run" like...
by Rick Wilton
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter
Replies: 27
Views: 16242

Re: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter

Rick, soon I'll be looking for some more masking as my roll is running low. I went to the Avery site here and this is what they have in that category: http://www.gamart.com.au/AslanMaskingFilms.aspx Is one of these the product you use, please? Thanks Jen I am not familiar with that brand "Asla...
by Rick Wilton
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter
Replies: 27
Views: 16242

Re: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter

I used a product called "paint mask" (made by AVERY there are other brands also) it is used as a temporary masking for painting cars, signs etc (go figure) it is low tack and incredibly tough for pretty deep carving into glass. It is much easier to use than sandblast masks like "butte...
by Rick Wilton
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter
Replies: 27
Views: 16242

Re: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter

I have used a letralite photoresist system for over 20 years now and find it works amazing well for my needs. I don't usually do halftones however. I print my artwork onto ikonics UV II vellum with a hp laser printer and expose away. They say that printing onto the clear acetate gives better results...
by Rick Wilton
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter
Replies: 27
Views: 16242

Re: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter

I have both the photoresist and vinyl cutter. I bought this cutter from ebay for less than $400.00 and it works really well for what it is. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-24-Redsail-Vinyl-cutting-plotter-Best-Value-Sign-vinyl-cutter-Kit-Artcut-/251930669694?hash=item3aa83cf27e:g:~UoAAOSw1vlUzBfS It is ...
by Rick Wilton
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Murrini
Replies: 19
Views: 12450

Re: Murrini

laydown a bed of clear powder to stand them up on, this will provide a leveling surface.
by Rick Wilton
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: is casting ar 1100c possible
Replies: 1
Views: 2703

Re: is casting ar 1100c possible

at 1000 c you have glass in basically a liquid form, glass blowers have their glass at around that temperature and it's the consistency of honey.

So yes that is plenty hot.

Respectfully though if you are not aware of basic temps I doubt this is something you should undertake.
by Rick Wilton
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Casting in vacuum furnace
Replies: 1
Views: 2082

Re: Casting in vacuum furnace

at 1000 c you have glass in basically a liquid form, glass blowers have their glass at around that temperature and it's the consistency of honey.

So yes that is plenty hot.

Respectfully though if you are not aware of basic temps I doubt this is something you should undertake.
by Rick Wilton
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: polishing
Replies: 4
Views: 3740

Re: polishing

Mike,

I don't think that can be answered at all.

It all depends on dozens of variables, thickness of glass, location of area (ie edge or face), is the glass perfectly smooth and even. thickness, shape, flat or curved etc, etc,

Good luck,

Rick
by Rick Wilton
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln shelves ground flat
Replies: 2
Views: 2090

Re: Kiln shelves ground flat

in a word...... Hugely.
by Rick Wilton
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Need solid glue to replace Triolyse...
Replies: 7
Views: 5698

Re: Need solid glue to replace Triolyse...

no regular uv glues will NOT work with opaque glass and metal.

Dymax does sell a uv glue that works with an activator though

http://www.dymax.com/index.php/adhesives
by Rick Wilton
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster Question
Replies: 6
Views: 4159

Re: Sandblaster Question

I disagree, I sandblast glass, stone, granite, marble, steel, ceramic mugs, stainless coffee mugs, stainless molds, and rust covered car parts all the time. It does NO HARM to your media at all.

I have been doing this for over 20 years and it is just fine.
by Rick Wilton
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kokomo for fusing?
Replies: 35
Views: 18712

Re: Kokomo for fusing?

Terry, I didn't mean to imply that I was intolerant of any alternatives. I just don't see the value in buying something that may not work that cannot be returned nor likely used for anything useful. I can certainly understand your reluctance to switch especially if you have a significant amount of 9...
by Rick Wilton
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kokomo for fusing?
Replies: 35
Views: 18712

Re: Kokomo for fusing?

Testing is great......until you buy a bunch of glass that DOESN'T test as expected. Now what? You are stuck with a bunch of product that is useless unless you are also a stained glass artist, mosaic artist or general glass hoarder. Why bother trying to save a dollar and get stuck with a bunch of use...

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