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by Marty
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Buy and sell
Topic: fiber board
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: fiber board

Dick- Did you look at Thomas.net for Refractories in So. CA?
by Marty
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

Get Henry Halem's Glass Notes and build your own. Mine's brick floor and walls (the brick is on the flat, not edge, and is not cemented), top is 2 layers of fiberboard with some blanket on top, protected with expanded metal mesh. Elements in quartz tubing. Angle iron frame, on casters, counterweight...
by Marty
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: lace glass
Replies: 12
Views: 10027

Re: lace glass

Babette (Shawn) wrote: I use fits, all sizes not powder.
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St. Vitus' Dance?
I've done some arcane things to get kiln stuff to work but haven't tried that yet.
by Marty
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: wet saw suggestions
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: wet saw suggestions

What's the problem with "industrial" sizes? 10" is more or less standard. Everyone I know who got a smaller one quickly regretted it. You don't say where you are but Harbor Freight, Lowes and HD among others, all carry the same MK knock-off (under different names) for between $300 and...
by Marty
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Paragon Kiln Repair
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: Paragon Kiln Repair

Paragon customer service is an oxymoron.
Call Duralite and get new elements and quartz tubing to suspend them in (within which to suspend them?).
PM me if you want more.
by Marty
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Studio Flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Studio Flooring

Concrete, honed but not polished (look up the grades of finishing concrete, I went for the last one before polish), and don't bother staining it. On top of that, perforated interlocking rubber 3'x3' floor mats. Home Depot's got them. You'll be able to re-configure them, take them outside to hose dow...
by Marty
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Help- Deposit refund to customer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Re: Help- Deposit refund to customer?

Bonnie- You should have terms WRITTEN out for when the word "commission" is first mentioned. For example, come to the studio and chat for free. I come to your house and consult for travel expenses and time (taken off the cost of the commission, if you want). 50% deposit to start. Cancellat...
by Marty
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drilling holes in stone
Replies: 6
Views: 1771

Re: Drilling holes in stone

If you have a drill you can get diamond bits (try HIS Glassworks). Either submerge the stone in water or build up a dam around the hole for water (clay, playdough, duck tape etc.). It's easier than drilling glass- use light pressure and raise the bit every few seconds to clear the swarf out of the h...
by Marty
Wed May 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop Ring from thick slab
Replies: 11
Views: 2407

Re: Drop Ring from thick slab

I've weighted the glass down on top of the ring with uneven success but haven't tried anything as thick as this.
by Marty
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: glass sifters
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

Re: glass sifters

To sort or to distribute? I'd start with a grading sieve. More distance from the work will give evenosity ™ (Brian B).
by Marty
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: cremains pieces
Replies: 3
Views: 4387

Re: cremains pieces

i know you're looking for business advice (check out Milon Townsend's books for that) and not an emotional reaction but all I can think of is "ick". A lot of glass blowers have been dealing with that (dead people's ashes, not "ick")- it can be lucrative. Is Wendy Rosen's Art Busi...
by Marty
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln elements
Replies: 8
Views: 3974

Re: kiln elements

Aaron- Do your own homework- get Henry Halem's book, Ed Schmidt's too. Go visit glass shops and offer to compensate anyone who will spend time with you.
by Marty
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: jellyfish dropmelt kiln
Replies: 5
Views: 2945

Re: jellyfish dropmelt kiln

Wires wrapped around an armature.
Sydney Cash did this long ago.
by Marty
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: colourless glue
Replies: 8
Views: 3371

Re: colourless glue

Check on the cure time- last I used it I left it for a week undisturbed.
by Marty
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Wetbelt sander belts breaking
Replies: 10
Views: 4502

Re: Wetbelt sander belts breaking

Marty wrote:I've never had one split either. Mine fray.
I have to change some out and the new ones are several years old. Stay tuned.


Full sized belts, from HIS.
by Marty
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Wetbelt sander belts breaking
Replies: 10
Views: 4502

Re: Wetbelt sander belts breaking

I've never had one split either. Mine fray.
I have to change some out and the new ones are several years old. Stay tuned.
by Marty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: coldworking disc grinder
Replies: 1
Views: 1913

Re: coldworking disc grinder

Talk to the stone workers near you. Glass is close enough to granite in hardness. You want the tools that everyone else is using (for supplies and repairs).
by Marty
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper
Replies: 8
Views: 4249

Re: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper

I find that the thinfire, once the binder burns out, is too powdery to keep the glass from flowing through it down to the vermiculite and sticking.
by Marty
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper
Replies: 8
Views: 4249

Re: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper

Thanks for the review.
by Marty
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: steel backing for glass
Replies: 4
Views: 2839

Re: steel backing for glass

Peter- it depends greatly on the weight of the glass and methods of attachment.

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