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by Marty
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Glass/Cash Survey
Replies: 8
Views: 4662

Re: Glass/Cash Survey

My first wholesale account's (lo these many years...) first reaction to slow sales was to move things around in his store. Then he'd start raising prices. And keep raising prices. It worked.
Most of us undervalue our work and our time.
I'm raising prices tomorrow.
by Marty
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Soft fuse with flow?
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: Soft fuse with flow?

Don- it's strips on edge, cut in different widths so some will flop and flow. Watching the kiln is crucial until you know what happens when- you want the stuff stuck firmly to itself and the edges rounded nicely.
by Marty
Mon May 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best lights for light box
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: Best lights for light box

LED strips with a white diffuser on top- I used white plastic, sandblasted glass or white opal glass will work.
by Marty
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln wash residue
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: kiln wash residue

Where is "here"? All you need for the kiln shelves is sandpaper. Wet. Or dry with a good vacuum cleaner (and a face mask). If you go to fire polish temps (1300F+) and your piece is not in the mold, it will deform. You need to support it. One of the drawbacks to kilnforming is that you only...
by Marty
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to mount...
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: How to mount...

Take a look at BE's gallery shelf. Visualize turning it so the wall part is behind the work, not underneath it, with the lip up in front of the piece, like a capital L in profile with the upright at the wall. Have one fabricated locally (a real easy thing for a sheet metal shop to do) to fit your pi...
by Marty
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kiln element compatibility with stainless?
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Re: Kiln element compatibility with stainless?

Either will work. I used ss fender washers.
by Marty
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Iowa resources & some kiln supply & ring sawn questions
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Iowa resources & some kiln supply & ring sawn questions

#4- get Brad's book.
and #1 seems to be FB if you can stand it.
by Marty
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: PID controllers?
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: PID controllers?

Ditto to Kevin's post but just to confuse the issue- Digitry is expensive but worth it. Call Ron Digitry and see what he's got in used reconditioned ones. (Digitry isn't his real last name) The glassmakers who make their own equipment go to Partlow and Watlow and other makers for really cheap DIY co...
by Marty
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stainless steel molds
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: stainless steel molds

Spray the kw on.
by Marty
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Buy and sell
Topic: fiber board
Replies: 3
Views: 759

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: 1267

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: 11720

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: 880

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: 805

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: 1331

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: 3564

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: 2456

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: 3579

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: 2337

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: 5033

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...

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