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by Phil Hoppes
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Maker of SS molds
Replies: 4
Views: 3914

Re: Maker of SS molds

by Phil Hoppes
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:47 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Bohle Silberschnitt running pliers
Replies: 16
Views: 15456

Re: Bohle Silberschnitt running pliers

I do a fair amount of strip work and these work like a champ. Never had an issue with them and most of the time work far better than anything else I've ever used. For irregular shape cuts, probably not. For strips, their the bomb and worth every penny.
by Phil Hoppes
Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:58 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: duraboard as dams
Replies: 20
Views: 19087

OK, I got a question here. Bert and I were discussing things back and fourth and I really had a question but I did not explain myself well enough. Bert mentions that Duraboard comes from the factory rigidized. Other people mention rigidizer, colloidal silica, colloidal alumina, etc. Anyway, the word...
by Phil Hoppes
Mon Apr 19, 2004 9:52 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing glue
Replies: 15
Views: 14596

Elmers glue - dilute it 50% with water. Works fine.
by Phil Hoppes
Mon Apr 19, 2004 9:50 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Angle Grinder or WBS?
Replies: 2
Views: 2037

The old addage of get the right tool for the right job. An angle grinder I'm assuming is actually a surface grinder. If you want to rework your surfaces and that is what is most important to you, get the angle grinder. A WBS is NOT for surface work. It is for edge work. It will produce fantastic edg...
by Phil Hoppes
Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:40 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Little Joe
Replies: 14
Views: 10351

Nener Nener Nener..... I got to see it firrrrrst and I got to see it in person........ \:D/ Very Beautiful Jackie. As always. So very very happy for you to be in this upcoming show. Your work has just really blossomed. Phil PS - Now you have to post some pictures of the Hot Rod when it is done so ev...
by Phil Hoppes
Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:39 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: shelf question for pot melt asap?
Replies: 3
Views: 2841

Not sure I completely understand your setup. In deep I believe you are refering to height? On a typical potmelt you have your pot, supported up in some method. The hole in the pot drips the glass to something to catch the glass, either a stainless plate or a kilnshelf. If your question is can you pu...
by Phil Hoppes
Fri Apr 16, 2004 5:11 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Working Deep MESS
Replies: 20
Views: 15914

I'd wait until Cindy-Next-Door rev 2.0 is released. 1.0 was a fantastic success but I hear 2.0 does windows. Ar Ar Ar Ar :lol:

Sorry Cindy......couldn't resist an opening for a really bad pun.
by Phil Hoppes
Fri Apr 16, 2004 9:19 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Working Deep MESS
Replies: 20
Views: 15914

Jackie, Thanks again for the lamp mold. Reslumped the flattened taco and presto! I have a lamp shade. Didn't stick at all either. I watched it like a hawk and stopped it at just the right point. You'd never know the sucker has gone through 3 slumping cycles. Drill a hole here and I should be in busi...
by Phil Hoppes
Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:51 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Working Deep MESS
Replies: 20
Views: 15914

Still rather a newbie here -- let me ask an unartistic question: What kind of electric bill do you have?? I am in Southern Calif. Though I would love to do some of this type of work (right now I just make jewelry in a Hot Box) -- I can't imagine what the electric costs would be for making pieces th...
by Phil Hoppes
Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Really, really dumb questions...
Replies: 9
Views: 6257

Joseph, Take a gander here: http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=10&cid=190&scid=628 These are what I use. You need to get yourself gold essence or a couple of jars of it too. One for each metal you are using and if you can afford it, I'd get a pen for each color too. Get your...
by Phil Hoppes
Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: duraboard as dams
Replies: 20
Views: 19087

Bert had a previous post on this. He will probably pipe in but if not, check the archives for Bert Weiss and collodial alumina. You get it in a powderd form. It is safer than colloidal silica and dries harder as I understand it. On the colloidal silica, I put it on and ramp my kiln at 500DPH to 500 ...
by Phil Hoppes
Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:05 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Being in business for oneself
Replies: 23
Views: 23622

I agree with some of what Dennis says and disagree with other parts. Way too many business fail because they are underfunded. I guess that also depends on what your specific business goals are but this business is not unlike any other, dare I say, manufacturing business, where you can make some thin...
by Phil Hoppes
Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:26 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: What to do with vitrigraph stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 28194

VERY nice piece Jim. I especially like the reverse contrast you did on the back side.

Phil
by Phil Hoppes
Wed Apr 14, 2004 9:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: I like to score...
Replies: 12
Views: 6303

They're the standard 10" square sheets. A bit of math for you Joseph: Density of glass is 1.62 lbs/sqft of single 3mm (1/8") glass. You have 10" sq sheets so each sheet will weigh about 1.125lbs. Looking at your racks you have 20 bins/rack so if each bin had one sheet in them you'd have 22.5lbs/rac...
by Phil Hoppes
Wed Apr 14, 2004 9:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Bullseye sample sets- Striking Colors
Replies: 9
Views: 8529

I've been temped to order the entire catalog again and just fuse the whole set so I would then have a book of fired and unfired colors.

Hey Lani, can we get a fleet rate!!!

Phil
by Phil Hoppes
Wed Apr 14, 2004 9:37 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: stainless steel question
Replies: 21
Views: 12326

Not sure exactly what you mean by "drop out". Typically a glass drop is accomplished by using a mullite or board doughnut that has a fair amount of surface area that you lay your glass onto. The board is supported by kiln furniture and the glass drops through the hole when heated. 18ga SS is not thi...
by Phil Hoppes
Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:27 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: windows in bowls/plates?
Replies: 10
Views: 5432

Stainless Steel rings..... Give my son an email matt@profabllc.com He makes circles, squares, rectangles and just about any other size you want. He's not fast but he is reliable. Check with others on the board and I believe you will find that they will testify to this. Phil Excellent service! Altho...
by Phil Hoppes
Wed Apr 14, 2004 8:21 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Website - webhosting?
Replies: 10
Views: 8028

Go to spenix.com. $7.95/month gets you 250MB of storage for your site and 15GB of downloads/month. They have great support tools for setting up and maintaining your website. They use Urchin for web stats. Works quite well. Don't have my site up just yet but should very soon once the photoshop is up ...
by Phil Hoppes
Wed Apr 14, 2004 12:44 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: duraboard as dams
Replies: 20
Views: 19087

Bert, I coat my LD boards with NALCO which as I understand it is basically colloidal silica. When these boards arrive from Unifrax, they are soft, flaky and can easily break and chip. I coat them with NALCO and burn them out. The surface becomes like ceramic. If you flick it with your finger it soun...

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