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by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: crisp edge on jewelry
Replies: 4
Views: 2793

Yes, you can get that look with a grinder, but it really works better with a disc grinder or saw. Take it up to fire polishing temperature in your kiln -- somewhere around 1360. Make note for future reference of when the edges start getting shiny, then bring the temp down quickly and anneal. Good lu...
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Tue Mar 09, 2004 5:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Judaica - searching for sedar plate glass bowls
Replies: 5
Views: 2675

Hi, Barbara-- I saw just this past weekend some small, clear glass bowls in Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I think they might be what you're looking for-- they were app. 2" high by 1 1/2" across. They were in the kitchen section. You might check their web site as well. I believe they were called "condiment ...
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Thu Sep 18, 2003 10:46 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Will it break if I walk on it?
Replies: 1
Views: 1689

Hi, Mira-- I'm not sure what size pieces you're thinking of using, but remember that glass (fused or not) and tile can get very slick, particularly when wet. Keeping the pieces on the small side and using grout can help keep the surface of the piece be a little more "rough" and not quite so likely t...
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Thu Sep 04, 2003 12:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Beadmaking
Replies: 3
Views: 2642

I think you've posted your question to the wrong Board-- try posting to Wet Canvas or ISGB and they should be able to help you.
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Thu Sep 04, 2003 9:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Creases formed around the rim during fire polishing
Replies: 1
Views: 1423

Hi, Charlotte! 1410 for a fire polish is pretty high (in my kiln, a Paragon 24", 1420 for 20 minutes is fusing temp). I fire polish at around 1360, depending on the piece. The creasing might also have something to do with the irid; as a surface coating it likes to stay on top and will try to migrate...
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Wed Sep 03, 2003 3:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: The BEST etcher?
Replies: 7
Views: 4651

Armour Etch cream is all I've ever used, as well. I've only used it to etch off dichroic, though, and have not had reason to try another kind since it's worked well. It's usually a white to cream color.
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Tue Jul 29, 2003 3:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: graham stone
Replies: 5
Views: 2663

I got mine through Brad 'way back when, when Graham used to post on this Board (about 3 years ago). If Brad can't get it for you he might be able to tell you where it's available. Also, try Whitehouse Books, one of the Board sponsors.

It's a great reference book!

Mimi
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Tue Jul 01, 2003 4:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: old fuser new to dichro has question
Replies: 5
Views: 3314

Try doing some test pieces even if you don't have a lot of time. If you're planning to use dichro on black, try firing a small piece uncapped and a small piece of the same color with a clear cap (make the "cap" larger than the dichro to prevent the coating from rising to the surface). That will give...
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Thu Jun 12, 2003 11:18 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Getting kiln wash off is making me crazy...HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 10981

Bullseye makes great kiln wash. and they're one of the Board sponsors. You can get it from them directly.
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Fri May 30, 2003 1:44 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: croquet wicket 2003
Replies: 5
Views: 4368

What wonderful wickets!! They should raise a ton of money. Thanks for posting them.
by Mimi Rivera Vellek
Wed May 28, 2003 3:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Vote on board format
Replies: 68
Views: 30546

I like the new format, as well as the different forums you've established-- but I miss being able to see right away who has posted to which threads.

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