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by Tom White
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Brass tube drilling.
Replies: 5
Views: 3641

Re: Brass tube drilling.

Sounds like an old glazing setup. Yes, brass tends to embed silicon carbide grains into itself better than steel. Cast iron flat laps were equipped with an abrasive grain and water feed which dripped both onto the lap surface slowly. Something like that might could be set up on your drill press if y...
by Tom White
Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Brass tube drilling.
Replies: 5
Views: 3641

Re: Brass tube drilling.

Unless your drill press is a whole lot larger than mine the first snag I see is fitting the 1 inch brass tube into the drill press chuck. I would need to fabricate a plug that would fit inside the 1" tubing on one end and fit the drill press chuck on the other end. Here in Texas, USA I would go...
by Tom White
Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Designing a new studio
Replies: 38
Views: 30922

Re: Designing a new studio

Have you considered LED lighting. Cooler running and lower power draw. Available in almost any color. Very long lasting.
by Tom White
Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pot Melt Questions ???
Replies: 7
Views: 10653

Re: Pot Melt Questions ???

It should not be too hard to cut the expanded metal with a small to medium size pair of bolt cutters. Just cut across the sheet one junction at a time on a line at the long end of one of the diamond shaped openings. You may want to file or grind the cut edges to remove any sharp burs to make it easi...
by Tom White
Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: CMC formula
Replies: 0
Views: 4788

Re: CMC formula

When I've been in a hurry for my 2% solution I have filled a widemouth quart canning jar 2/3 full of the hottest water I could get from the tap and had a stirrer mounted in my Dremel grinder running in the water when I added my 20 grams of CMC powder to it. After stirring for a minute or so I placed...
by Tom White
Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln problem - Paragon w/Sentry Xpress 3
Replies: 0
Views: 2425

Re: Kiln problem - Paragon w/Sentry Xpress 3

You said you can program the kiln. This pretty well rules out a bad controller board. You said you can get a temperature increase on the readout by touching the thermocouple. This indicates the thermocouple is good and working. That leaves the relay, the wiring delivering the current to the elements...
by Tom White
Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:41 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: looking for tile frame
Replies: 3
Views: 5112

Re: looking for tile frame

Rosanna, what size picture is this for? Do you want tiles already in the frame or want to put your tiles in lt? How wide a frame can you use? I have found picture frame molding with a nice channel in it but it is 3 1/4" wide and $7.50/ft unfinished. http://www.framing4yourself.com/picture-frame...
by Tom White
Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: using cookie cutters
Replies: 12
Views: 20172

Re: using cookie cutters

A couple of additional thoughts. Frit cast items shrink by about 50% in thickness/volume from loose frit to fired glass so plan your clay mold to allow enough frit to be loaded into it to make the item 1/4" thick when fired. Also, load the frit so it is piled higher in the center of the cavity,...
by Tom White
Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:44 am
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: using cookie cutters
Replies: 12
Views: 20172

Re: using cookie cutters

Low fire earthenware clay (cone 05-06) should fire to 1850F with no hold, natural cooling, no annealing needed for clay. If your glass kiln will not fire that hot firing clay to 1700F with a 20 minute hold will harden it enough to work but it will be more fragile than if it were fired to the hotter ...
by Tom White
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:44 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: PDV nuggets and slices
Replies: 3
Views: 3914

Re: PDV nuggets and slices

That is making good use of the glass you had. The crystal shapes do remind me of tourmaline. If I see Ellen today I will remind her to look at this forum to see your pictures.

Best wishes,
Tom in Texas
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bear Facts
Replies: 14
Views: 15227

Re: Bear Facts

Here are a few of the frozen frit items scanned on my flat bed scanner. http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w71/tomwhite2/frozenfritcatandshell.jpg This is the first check of these molds with the button model on the left and the fired glass on the right. These are just slightly larger than life on th...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help Please
Replies: 3
Views: 3062

Re: Help Please

I would look in the yellow pages for your town under thermocouples to see if a local dealer has a suitable one in stock. For emergencies the lead wire between the thermocouple and the controller is the same thermocouple wire as the welded bead on the end of the thermocouple. I have been known to cut...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:07 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Cutting teensy bits
Replies: 5
Views: 5542

Re: Cutting teensy bits

I have not noticed any trouble cutting across scored lines instead of along them. If you really worry about it you can flip the glass over for the second set of scores.

Best wishes,
Tom in Texas
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bear Facts
Replies: 14
Views: 15227

Re: Bear Facts

Les, I am more of a fuser at this time but am sliding toward some small casting. I have not worked with wax yet but do own some for use one of these days. I have reciently found a two part RTV silicone putty at Hobby Lobby which I have used to make molds over flat backed objects to reproduce them in...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Cutting teensy bits
Replies: 5
Views: 5542

Re: Cutting teensy bits

I have scored both ways as Rosanna said, run the scores in one direction starting in the center of the sheet then the center of each smaller sheet, etc. until all strips were one width wide. I placed a strip with the cross scored side down on a couple of sections of newspaper for the give in it and ...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:38 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: andy Warhol and satyr face 100 BC
Replies: 2
Views: 4955

Re: andy Warhol and satyr face 100 BC

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1911/9787004/18443983/292958627.jpg http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL1911/9787004/18443983/292958618.jpg Janet, you have to put the image tags around the url of the photo you are trying to display in your post. Best wishes, Tom in Texas
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: Board Help
Topic: Simple style as opposed to prosilver
Replies: 6
Views: 6797

Re: Simple style as opposed to prosilver

Carla, all you need to do is remove the : and the numbers inside the first image tag in your signature using your control panel to have just [img] in front of your photo url. The new board added the size of the photos to the first image tag of all the photos posted on the old board. Only the origina...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:04 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: quick cutting tool from Doug Randall's video
Replies: 4
Views: 4125

Re: quick cutting tool from Doug Randall's video

That looks like the Glastar strip/circle cutter set up for cutting strips used to cut repetetive lengths from a strip cut earlier. http://www.glastar.com/catalog/reference/scc_instructions.cfm Another tool to produce the same results would be the Morton portable glass shop set up on the Morton surfa...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:44 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bear Facts
Replies: 14
Views: 15227

Re: Bear Facts

Les, thanks so much for sharing your in progress pictures for this bear. It would seem that you document your work well as you produce it. For this type if instruction and sharing each picture is worth thousands of words for the information they convey. I look forward to pictures of the finished bea...
by Tom White
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:32 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Q: Annealing around trapped air
Replies: 5
Views: 4508

Re: Q: Annealing around trapped air

We would have to see at least the annealing side of your firing schedule to comment.

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