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by Brad Walker
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: mesh melt turn black
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: mesh melt turn black

Bonnie Rubinstein wrote: On a mesh melt, are light colors the only options?


I mostly use opaques and clears. Why would light colors be the only option?
by Brad Walker
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: mesh melt turn black
Replies: 9
Views: 60

Re: mesh melt turn black

Got an after photo?
by Brad Walker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sundance Glass
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Sundance Glass

They're out of business.
by Brad Walker
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: zyp coating
Replies: 11
Views: 138

Re: zyp coating

jim simmons wrote: My shoulder started to bother me when I was around70 and has just gotten worse.
*85 and counting :>)


Great, something to look forward to.
by Brad Walker
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: zyp coating
Replies: 11
Views: 138

Re: zyp coating

Sorry about your shoulder. Having just turned 65, I can certainly sympathize. I haven't tried ZYP on the shelf, but am not sure how it would hold up to repeated firings. I guess I would just use thinfire or Papyrus, easy enough and you can vacuum it out as needed. But you can always try the ZYP and ...
by Brad Walker
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: zyp coating
Replies: 11
Views: 138

Re: zyp coating

Why would you want to?
by Brad Walker
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drilling holes in stone
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Drilling holes in stone

Two options come to mind. One is a place that makes and installs granite countertops. They can drill holes. The other would be a place that fabricates headstones. Never tried either, but probably worth a few calls.
by Brad Walker
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tack fusing temp. for frits
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Tack fusing temp. for frits

Because kilns are so variable and your desired look is so specific, the best option is to do some small scale testing to see what works for you in your process. Use a base glass and put frit of various sizes on it, then fire to different temperatures to see what you like. It's a bit more complicated...
by Brad Walker
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: MM6
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: MM6

Enjoyed the video, can't wait for part 2.
by Brad Walker
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Fusing antique glass

What Jim and Kevin said.

Can't really be done and even if you could figure out how to do it it would cost more than buying new old glass.
by Brad Walker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 488

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

Before he passed away in 2011 Ron sent me a series of slides documenting his process. He actually made these boxes in two different ways: one was as Kevin described (encased in sand), the other was freestanding. I've done the sand version (used to teach it, long ago), it works well but like any cast...
by Brad Walker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 488

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

For starters, white glue (or any glue, for that matter) will burn off before the two layers of glass fuse together, so you only consider glue as a way to help you get the glass into the kiln without moving, not a way to keep it from moving once its in the kiln. Also, ordinary white glue will sometim...
by Brad Walker
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: fusing glass laminate powder
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: fusing glass laminate powder

In general glass laminate is used to laminate two pieces of glass together (like a front windshield in a car). It's a kind of plastic film between the two and can't be fused in the kiln.
by Brad Walker
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: My Orton controller - did it go wrong??
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: My Orton controller - did it go wrong??

PloG errors mean the controller has detected a problem. It can be a lot of things. Sometimes it's just a glitch caused by a power surge or something that's a one off thing. PLoG 011, 012, or 013 errors mean there's a problem with a thermocouple. I believe 010 is a generic catch all error message (bu...
by Brad Walker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: My Orton controller - did it go wrong??
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: My Orton controller - did it go wrong??

What was the complete firing schedule?

Do you recall the exact error message?
by Brad Walker
Tue May 21, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop Ring from thick slab
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Drop Ring from thick slab

I would be very worried that the whole thing will fall through the drop ring hole. You said the glass is 5.5" in diameter and the drop ring hole is 4". That only leaves 3/4" of glass on the edges and it also looks to be chipped out. I don't see how it can hold on. However, I hardly e...
by Brad Walker
Mon May 20, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop Ring from thick slab
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Drop Ring from thick slab

I would go 100F/55C per hour to your top temperature and then hold until it has slumped. You'll also need a longer anneal because the piece is thicker. I would hold for at least 3 hours. One more thought: I never fire drops higher than 1325F/720C. If I've waited half an hour to 45 minutes at that te...
by Brad Walker
Fri May 03, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: I got the decals - in contiuation of block printinhg...
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: I got the decals - in contiuation of block printinhg...

Decals should be compatible with any glass. Different manufacturers have different firing schedules so you'll need to get some help from the place that sold them to you.
by Brad Walker
Wed May 01, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Need advice on cooling AFAP with Paragon CS-26
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Need advice on cooling AFAP with Paragon CS-26

If the cooling profile from 1465 to 950 takes 2.5 or 3 hours with this kiln, is that going to work out or will I see devitrification? That's an entirely normal cooling rate. No need to crash cool. If you get devitrification it's more likely due to other factors than how rapidly you cool through thi...
by Brad Walker
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE Dense White (0313) Reaction
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Re: BE Dense White (0313) Reaction

BE's reactive potential chart is just the possibility of a reaction, not definitely a reaction. I have tested almost all of the "lead" reactions. 0313 and 0243 react with 0137, but nothing else i have tried works. Almost none of the other lead colors react with anything in any significant ...

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