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by peter cummings
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Kevin I use silicon because I do decorative blasting so much, and it is better for that. I've blasted quite a few for a satin finish which worked fine. I think the spectrum I blasted devit off and firepolished is not perfect, so I hope blasting is OK enameled over. My problem is using it as an engra...
by peter cummings
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

I blasted the tin off float, then enameled over that, which worked better than airbrushing on smooth glass.(didn't run) Yet to fire Kevin so I hope it's OK since I use SiC for blasting. Airbrushed in small loads, because some, especially browns settled down in the cup quickly and clog it up. At leas...
by peter cummings
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Next time I burn off the binder in the fiber. I'm busting to send a finished photo. First I have to finish.
by peter cummings
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

That sounds a good tip I'll try thanks.. I had a full reboot. Dragged out the pyrometer I bought for when I try a small kiln with basic controls. Got a new battery and my good kiln was running 20 degrees C under, so did a reset. Online bought some mouth atomisers potters recommended, but they splatt...
by peter cummings
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

You know the expression "win some, lose some"? I get a half win, enough to want me to get it right, but a lot of times it's hell. Too hard I'm going to forget it. So I try at times. Gum arabic gummed everything up, airbrush wouldn't flush but there was a bottle of metho nearby and voila, i...
by peter cummings
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: engraver is still at it
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: engraver is still at it

The mere time and effort in engraving means I can't go cheap enough to satisfy the local market, which is more or less non existent. Art glass by the way is very expensive here. Basically I'm doing it for me, although I might edge into the sculpture scene.
by peter cummings
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: engraver is still at it
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

engraver is still at it

https://glasspeter.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/dsc_0453.jpg?w=604 I've been looking for a way to have a flashed type of glass. Cheaper, and in my control to slump etc. High Fire enamel onto float, slumped. Engraved. These are going into a sculpture, when I get that done. Soon I hope.small.jpg
by peter cummings
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Airbrush isn't too difficult, gives a much thinner layer. I'm going to try gum arabic as a dilutant, and maybe glycerine which will certainly make it goooey. The plan is working out ok though. I'm going to try a photo in pictures section now. Thanks all. Smokey here but the fires are up in the hills...
by peter cummings
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Well I made a small spray booth, by up ending a 3 ft table and closing most of it in. Arm holes and extractor port as well. If I take glass top off I can just up end again to use as a table. Going to look for gum stuff, food or "clear glide wire pulling lubricant" sounds like a fun thing t...
by peter cummings
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Now I might stick with brushes, it's a bit of a worry. Been using opaques, and just got transparents. Maybe I can fix up a booth, temp. cause I'm running out of room. I've started writing all the steps I've been through so far and will put them on my blog soon. Thanks for advice. I wish I had a glas...
by peter cummings
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Thanks everyone. An update in case you think I gave up. I checked out what's available and researched them. I tried the a very low temp enamel which came lose when I engraved it afterwards. Usual fused glass powders worked out expensive and not the way to go. Having loose release powder under made a...
by peter cummings
Sat May 04, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

Re: enamel suggestions

Thanks Kevin. More experiments, when the switches are replaced. Why do I get too many ideas?
by peter cummings
Fri May 03, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 8096

enamel suggestions

Enamel suggestions please for a thin, watercolour wash look, probably airbrushed on. Float maybe. I'm in Australia which might limit it. I don't think sifted powders will give me a smooth wash look. Oh and can I fire it enamel down for a smooth clear top? Thanks folks.
by peter cummings
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Buying Bullseye Glass
Replies: 7
Views: 4148

Re: Buying Bullseye Glass

I'm laughing from Australia. No I'm not laughing at all.
by peter cummings
Mon May 15, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: coloured rolled figure glass
Replies: 1
Views: 3228

coloured rolled figure glass

I've had what seems to be called rolled figure glass on a shelf for years. One side smoothish, the other patterned from a roller. Green, yellow and purple pieces. From windows and doors, it's beautiful glass. I'm thinking of slumping, light and easy, but unsure if the colour will hold. Has anyone ex...
by peter cummings
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: metalic stains after blasting
Replies: 6
Views: 5457

Re: metalic stains after blasting

Yah Tony. Sculptnouveau have a distributor in Australia, that has opened a new store in Melbourne. My capital. They tell me some of their products will work on glass. A trip to town coming up.
Peter.
by peter cummings
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: metalic stains after blasting
Replies: 6
Views: 5457

Re: metalic stains after blasting

Thanks Tony. Beautiful colours and finishes. I see they "road freight" and I've sent email questions. I'll also look for metal finishes over here.
by peter cummings
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: metalic stains after blasting
Replies: 6
Views: 5457

Re: metalic stains after blasting

Thanks Brad and Kevin. That is some studio Alex has, and looks interesting works. I can't get right into the pictures though, either website or flickr problem. I'll try the paint as Kevin suggested, maybe like my recent wood stain effort, painters oil paint mixed with gum turps, apply and wipe back....
by peter cummings
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: metalic stains after blasting
Replies: 6
Views: 5457

metalic stains after blasting

Kiln is rewired, experiments starting. I've noticed that after sandblasting, the glass is susceptible to staining, from lots of things, some of it seems permanent even without firing. Thinking of trying copper sulphate, that puts greenish tinge on bronze castings, or rust in a solvent of some type. ...
by peter cummings
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter
Replies: 27
Views: 21574

Re: stencils for sanblasting - photoresist or vinyl cutter

Problem I have is I can't get the old greasy carbon paper, modern stuff won't "write" on these. I use cd pens or permanent markers or wax pencils, but would like a proper carbon type. Paid a lot for some flimsy yellow. Good luck Jen.

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