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by jolly
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I think I have a bad relay. Am I doing this right?
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: I think I have a bad relay. Am I doing this right?

I would first call Paragon and ask them the question since they know the kiln the best.
by jolly
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: drop ring fell off center
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Re: drop ring fell off center

Just a guess since I only use window glass. The color looks like it was darker on one side. The darker glass absorbs heat faster than the clear side so you would have to slow down your drop to make sure it heats evenly. You might want to do a test to see how even your kiln heats with strips of glass...
by jolly
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln elements
Replies: 8
Views: 5670

Re: kiln elements

Bert, the kiln was on 480 3 phase but now it is on 208 3 phase. It would have been easier if I had 240 v but I had to refigure the wiring and I shorten the kiln by unhooking one loop of elements and filled that end with fiber. Now I can still do a 3 foot x 8 foot piece. Once the kiln pays me back fo...
by jolly
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln elements
Replies: 8
Views: 5670

Re: kiln elements

To answer myself in case anyone cares: I will have to change the elements at some point so I will have the place I buy the elements from calculate what I need. It works but the kiln is only 8 inches deep so when I am bending glass on a form I am placing two layers of firebrick around the perimeter t...
by jolly
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.
Replies: 36
Views: 19727

Re: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.

I wrote a post a couple of days ago but I must have forgotten to hit the submit button. You need to get hold of a kiln and try firing some glass. It doesn't behave the way you think it will. If I were you, I would cut some rounds, stack them and fire them for the first experiment. If you use old win...
by jolly
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.
Replies: 36
Views: 19727

Re: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.

I still don't understand. Are you going to cut out rounds out of thin float glass (windows) and then stack it and fuse it, hopefully without bubbles? What thickness of glass are you starting with? Why do you want to cast it and not just fuse it? Heating window glass that hot to make it more liquid i...
by jolly
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: High Temp Powder Coating
Replies: 5
Views: 3999

Re: High Temp Powder Coating

I would look at the MSDS to see what fumes might be coming off the very high temp powder coating material. Also, if you have a glass kiln with elements only on the top, will that be a problem for the parts? Won't the top be hotter than the sides or bottom? I might be looking for someone with a potte...
by jolly
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: I need castable mould materials to melt plate glass into a disc.
Replies: 36
Views: 19727

Re: I want to melt glass scrap into a disc.

You need to tell us what your final outcome is meant to be. If you are looking to make a telescope, it won't work with float glass.
by jolly
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Galvanized Steel
Replies: 4
Views: 4742

Re: Galvanized Steel

use a cheap magnet, won't stick to Stainless Steel
by jolly
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln elements
Replies: 8
Views: 5670

kiln elements

I bought a large used kiln but it heats up slowly. Can I shorten the lengths of all the elements to make it heat more quickly. The elements don't ever get red even at full power for an hour. Shorter elements would reduce the ohms which would increase the amps which should make it hotter. Does this m...
by jolly
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Coldworking/grinding leaded crystal?...
Replies: 3
Views: 4076

Re: Coldworking/grinding leaded crystal?...

I don't consider any glass dust to be safe for exposure to my lungs so I certainly wouldn't consider leaded glass to be safe. If it were me, I would use the same precautions as for any grinding of glass and then I would buy a lead testing kit -the EPA has some recommendation on which kits are best- ...
by jolly
Sat May 21, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SPECTRUM GLASS CLOSING DOWN
Replies: 29
Views: 36546

Re: SPECTRUM GLASS CLOSING DOWN

I stopped making glass objects because the market dropped out with the Great Recession. I moved into my studio and rented out my house and went back to doing remodel work. Now people are asking for glass again and my kiln has been running almost daily for a month. So I understand Spectrum having to ...
by jolly
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: source for float glass
Replies: 6
Views: 5175

Re: source for float glass

I live in a small town and I have gotten to know some of the local contractors. I have a small trailer and an A frame that I can put in it to carry glass. The contractor calls me when they are taking out a bunch of windows and I park my trailer where they want it. They call me when they are done loa...
by jolly
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Screws for making fiberboard box
Replies: 12
Views: 7333

Re: Screws for making fiberboard box

You will want the type of screw that has deep threads and a narrow shaft and not a 'wood screw'. You don't need strength so the shaft can be skinny. There are lots of these screws out there now, they used to be referred to as not needing to predrill.
by jolly
Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Drop Ring - Kiln w/o a peep hole
Replies: 3
Views: 3592

Re: Drop Ring - Kiln w/o a peep hole

Depending on your style of kiln, you will lose heat when you open it so it will take time to get back up to heat so the glass can slump some more. It will be tricky to learn that through trial and error. You could just make a peephole in your kiln. Just get a plug from a pottery supply or from the p...
by jolly
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Building outdoor screen - Epoxy - sources?
Replies: 8
Views: 6858

Re: Building outdoor screen - Epoxy - sources?

Epoxy doesn't do well with UV light so make sure the product you use can tolerate sunlight.
by jolly
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pacemaker and kiln
Replies: 7
Views: 5082

Re: Pacemaker and kiln

You need to check with your doctor but when you turn off the kiln is when you would have the most disruptive event I would guess. When the kiln is turned on or off is when the magnetic field is created or destroyed and the magnetic waves pass through the area in a big way. When it is on, the magneti...
by jolly
Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Plastic Blowing Art Form , Plastics acting like glass
Replies: 12
Views: 8230

Re: Plastic Blowing Art Form , Plastics acting like glass

We have a plastics supply store in our area. They sell all sorts of plastics and I would start there. So look up plastic retailers to get a start or look for their websites. There are many companies that form plastics for different purposes so if you keep calling places that sell plastics, you shoul...
by jolly
Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: structural ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2921

Re: structural ?

I would have to see some sort of drawing to see what you mean exactly. Could you do a drawing and take a photo of it and post the photo so we could better understand the problem?
by jolly
Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flat bed grinder
Replies: 3
Views: 3099

Re: Flat bed grinder

A large surface area filter should do the trick or at least reduce the number of times you need to clean it. You need to catch pretty small particles so you will need small holes so you will need a larger filter so you don't slow the amount of water pumping. There are some foam filters they use for ...

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