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by Soozin
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Potter Wheel as Flat Lap
Replies: 5
Views: 4695

Re: Potter Wheel as Flat Lap

Pottery wheels using slurry is fantastic. I have used my old pottery wheels for years for flat lapping but only for 100 grit silicon carbide. When I want to flatten a bottom of a piece, it's a kick wheel, not electric and it's faster than doing it on a piece of glass by hand. The pottery wheel I hav...
by Soozin
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Mixing large amounts of dry plaster and silica
Replies: 14
Views: 14194

Re: Mixing large amounts of dry plaster and silica

On large scale investments I need to use, I learned from Richard Whiteley to mix dry ingredients first and then sprinkle into the water. However, I use both methods, depending on the amount of investment required for the cast. For small investments I just sprinkie directly into the water and then mi...
by Soozin
Sat May 10, 2014 3:01 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax
Replies: 5
Views: 6310

Re: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax

Thanks for that. You are correct in that I am just coiling it and moulding it up like I normally do 1:2 (1 wet, 2 parts dry plaster/silica). Because it was so small, I didn't need to use a reservoir and used a flower pot. Once I made the wax, moulded it, steamed it out then cast it. I am now trying ...
by Soozin
Thu May 08, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax
Replies: 5
Views: 6310

Re: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax

I made this piece of work a wee bird's nest, I used water displacement and got the mould filled perfectly. I used a normal 1:1:1 on investment like normal, cast the piece but the investment has gotten in to the glass (I used spaghetti wax)... the only way is to drill the investment out. this is my s...
by Soozin
Sun May 04, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Calculating amount of glass for a casting by weight of clay?
Replies: 5
Views: 4467

Re: Calculating amount of glass for a casting by weight of c

or use the water displacement method.. Once you take the clay out of the mould, pour water in... and then use the displacement method...
by Soozin
Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax
Replies: 5
Views: 6310

Re: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax

Thanks Brad, after considering this, I decided that displacement method for glass volume would be best, so thank you for confirming my resolution is correct indeed.
by Soozin
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax
Replies: 5
Views: 6310

Bees Wax vs Microcrystalline Wax

Hi there I normally use microcrystalline wax for making my models, however, I have found something I want to use but it is made of bees wax. With mc wax I normally use weight to get volume of glass required (gaffer) so wax weight x 4.2 (gaffer glass) to get the amount of glass I require to cast my w...
by Soozin
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: New Zealand trip
Replies: 8
Views: 6218

Re: New Zealand trip

if you go to the NZ Society of Artists in Glass Inc website, there are artists listed in various cities. Auckland has some major internationally renowned artists as well as Wanganui. Gaffer Glass is in Auckland where the majority of us reside! Good luck to your friends and their travels to our fair ...
by Soozin
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: easiest casting method for small 3-D objects?
Replies: 1
Views: 2634

Re: easiest casting method for small 3-D objects?

1. make model out of wax - toy solder... with legs or not. I can't draw on here. 2. You can add extra wax to the legs (about 2 cm) to form a small reservoir (if you like) 3. Place the 3D object on your moulding table 4. Make up your investment 5. hand build first layer, and then add another or use t...
by Soozin
Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Tips or Tricks
Replies: 9
Views: 6171

Re: Tips or Tricks

if your wax piece is on clay, screw a screw on the bottom of your wax and place back onto the clay. This is great for 3D works. The screw you can pull out when you pull out the clay that you have made as a reservoir. If a flat cast, glue gun the wax to your board, that will solve that problem.
by Soozin
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: New Zealand trip
Replies: 8
Views: 6218

Re: New Zealand trip

Hi there, not sure if you made contact with any glass artists in NZ or whether in fact, you have been to NZ and back in the US. In Auckland, there are many artists studios, blown and cast, which include Ron Reichs, Ann Robinson, Christine Cathie, Evelyn Dunstan and there is an NZSAG site as well, ht...

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