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by Catharine Newell
Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:48 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE thinfire shelf paper
Replies: 11
Views: 5602

Tony,

I use a fibreboard shelf and do go to full fuse: 1480 degs for 20 mins... using both opals and transparents. Never had a whit of wrinkling! What do YOU use? Are you always firing at least 1/4" thickness? Wondering about glass shrinkage...

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:48 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE thinfire shelf paper
Replies: 11
Views: 5602

The new thin fire does not curl up or shrink. While it does not tear, it will wrinkle in the center of bigger pieces, a foot square and up or so. It is dense enough to cause bubble problems and it will also plug up a vaccuum filter about five times as fast as the old stuff. In spite of all that, I ...
by Catharine Newell
Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:45 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE thinfire shelf paper
Replies: 11
Views: 5602

BE's new thinfire is excellent stuff! It performs brilliantly, I've not had any problems whatsoever (and I've nearly finished the roll). I highly recommend it...

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Tue Apr 13, 2004 9:41 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Not To Miss: Kirstie Rea at Pittsburgh Glass Center!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 7786

Not To Miss: Kirstie Rea at Pittsburgh Glass Center!!!

As a dedicated Kirstie Rea fan, I just HAD to post an announcement about her class at the Pittburgh Glass Center this summer June 21 - July 3. Kirstie is an outstanding artist, a generous and dedicated educator, and one of the most thoughtful and inspirational women I have ever met. As her TA, I am ...
by Catharine Newell
Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:51 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: John Reyntiens and Pilchuk
Replies: 7
Views: 4824

Kathie, I'll be at the same session, in Janusz W's course... Brock hit it right on the nose: Pilchuck is all about being smack dab in the middle of the most creative environment you can possibly imagine. Incredible conversations abound - in and out of the studio, in and out of your particular course...
by Catharine Newell
Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:35 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Inspiration
Replies: 119
Views: 60990

Jackie, good thread you started. But everyone is talking about TECHNIQUE here. Technique is not inspiration. It is just technique. Nor is glass particularly interesting in and of itself. Heresy. Get away from it occasionally. Look elsewhere. I just got back from a trip out of town to visit a cerami...
by Catharine Newell
Fri Mar 05, 2004 3:03 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pilchuk picks
Replies: 2
Views: 1937

Sometime in April... Stay busy in your studio in the meantime. And, good luck to you!

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:37 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: TnF2 sentry controller fuse is out
Replies: 2
Views: 2081

Try Grainger... I've gone to them many times for controller fuses.

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Sun Jan 18, 2004 3:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is three layers hotter than two?
Replies: 15
Views: 6632

Hi Catherine Thanks for the info . Because these pieces are 60 inches long and no COE 90 is available in that length [ I also have to do one 87 inches } I am cutting sheets , laying them out to get the length . Its those edge to edge seams I would like to go away . Have you tried flip firing one 1/...
by Catharine Newell
Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:57 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Schedule: is it to slow?
Replies: 3
Views: 2318

And.... ramp up AFAP from 1240 (or whatever works for you) to your full fuse - again, taking the work quickly thru the 1300 devit range. Don't dilly dally there!

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Schedule: is it to slow?
Replies: 3
Views: 2318

Re: Schedule: is it to slow?

[quote="Sean Albert"]I wrote in a few weeks ago about having trouble with BE devitrifying in an older kiln. I brought the kiln up to a high temp to “cleanâ€
by Catharine Newell
Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is three layers hotter than two?
Replies: 15
Views: 6632

Hi Catherine Thanks for the info . Because these pieces are 60 inches long and no COE 90 is available in that length [ I also have to do one 87 inches } I am cutting sheets , laying them out to get the length . Its those edge to edge seams I would like to go away . Have you tried flip firing one 1/...
by Catharine Newell
Sun Jan 18, 2004 12:55 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is three layers hotter than two?
Replies: 15
Views: 6632

Hello Robert, I do a fair number of pretty thick (BE glass) pieces - 3/4 to 1" thick panels - and have found the following steps to be helpful in preventing surface bubbling (which occurs sometimes anyway, for whatever reason): I pre-fuse 1/4 layers prior to stacking; for the (second) stack firing, ...
by Catharine Newell
Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Applying for a Pilchuk Scholarship
Replies: 51
Views: 21362

Mosquitos, spiders and cold showers are all part of the fun! Don't forget bears and hangovers. Oh yeah, and the walk up the hill. Brock And MICE! Don't forget the mice... Their crunching away on all the snacks you've hidden away in your cabin can keep you awake at night. Not to mention their skitte...
by Catharine Newell
Fri Jan 09, 2004 11:03 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: NGR time again...
Replies: 34
Views: 13966

Sean Albert wrote:I was accepted to NGR, I'm not sure if it was for blown work or fused work, I sent images of both. No light bulbs here. Fused work will have it's day sooner than later.

Sean



EXCELLENT, SEAN!!! Wonderful news! Will you share photos of your submissions?

Congratulations,
Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:02 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: NGR time again...
Replies: 34
Views: 13966

NGR time again...

I got MY refusal letter from New Glass Review this afternoon! Ah well. Make that three in a row... Does anyone here have better news from Corning???

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Overspray vs. Devit
Replies: 6
Views: 3538

Re: Overspray vs. Devit

What is the most commonly used or should I say best performing overspray to use when fusing Bullseye glass. I'm having devit problems. I've cleaned the glass with 70% isopropyle alcohol, and have attempted to clean my kilns enviornment by high firing and venting. Still devits. So I must resort to o...
by Catharine Newell
Mon Dec 15, 2003 2:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: thin fire shelp paper problems
Replies: 9
Views: 4498

Doris,

Bullseye's new thinfire is reputed not to tear during firing... important if you're firing on a fibre shelf and can't use kilnwash.

Catharine
by Catharine Newell
Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:16 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: raining crud
Replies: 3
Views: 2652

Re: raining crud

I just got a new jenken oval 13 kiln & it's great, except for one thing. it seems to drop alot of crud from the top during firing. I vacuum it with a brush attatchment after each fire but by the time i'm ready to close it up, it's already raining again. Is this common with a new kiln? Will it get b...
by Catharine Newell
Sat Nov 22, 2003 10:48 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Marking glass
Replies: 22
Views: 10355

Watch out for marking and grinding... Sharpie will not fire out when left on a ground edge. On these edges, when sandwiched, it will feed into the seam during firing. If you DO get sharpie marks onto a ground edge, remove them with acetone and you'll be home free!

Catharine

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