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by RHunter
Sat May 03, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: Can you recommend a great jewelry book for a newbie?
Replies: 4
Views: 6081

Re: Can you recommend a great jewelry book for a newbie?

Hi All,

There are a million and one jewelry books and quite a few magazines available as well....but one of the gold standards is Tim McCreight's "The Complete Metalsmith."
....look to your local library for what they may have.
by RHunter
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Share your water drip techniques and methods
Replies: 9
Views: 5789

Re: Share your water drip techniques and methods

Hi All, This is the down and dirtiest method I know of......a #10 restaurant sized can, punch a hole to match whatever appropriate brass fitting you find at the Big Box , some tubing and away you go..... clothespin to retard drip or if you were ahead of the game , your fitting has a toggle on it. To...
by RHunter
Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dictionary
Replies: 29
Views: 14555

Re: Dictionary

Hi All, This thread seems to have started before my joining, however there is a gentleman who compiled a fairly comprehensive compendium of glass, called appropriately enough " A Dictionary of Glass" - materials and techniques -by Charles Bray. " the book is arranged as a lexicon of w...
by RHunter
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Clock Mechanisms
Replies: 6
Views: 3813

Re: Clock Mechanisms

Hi All, I too like the occasional clock and pretty much all the American ones seem fair at best.....I am less concerned about the movement as I am about the hands... but if you are having problems with the movements, then that is a problem too. Wood craft has seemingly decent ones....but still limit...
by RHunter
Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: Tile saws for cutting glass
Replies: 23
Views: 31299

Re: Tile saws for cutting glass

Hi All, typically tile and even marble tend to use water, but for stone slabbing, oil in the reservoir is the preferred method....and really , really slow too. I am assuming that while water does the trick for tile and glass, it may be degrading the blade faster than oil would , but water is a lot e...
by RHunter
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: polishing using dremel tool
Replies: 7
Views: 11783

Re: polishing using dremel tool

Hi All, While I can't swear to it's grit size ,in the jewelry world, there are a number of products, the one that comes to mind is Fabuluster....it is a proprietary alumina polishing compound for making metals shiny....I would guess the grit size is 600-800, it isn't a loose grit but some formula th...
by RHunter
Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:39 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: making frit & powders?
Replies: 12
Views: 6598

Re: making frit & powders?

Hi All, There is always the old stand by.....using a Braun coffee grinder....you won't be using it to grind beans in it after you use it for glass fritting, but it is a reliable way to generate a couple of good tablespoons worth of whatever color you drop in. Garage sales, maybe E-bay, Goodwill shop...
by RHunter
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hake Brushes
Replies: 7
Views: 3386

Hake Brushes

Hi All, I dislike coating molds, and kiln shelves, with a Hake Brush....orthodoxy says use one.....without ever explaining why.....nor how to avoid the endless shedding these things put out, much like a long haired dog. Questioning Authority leads me to ask, WHY ? I understand from Googling other si...
by RHunter
Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Esoteric Toyo questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4491

Re: Esoteric Toyo questions

Hi All, FWIW , since no one could really pop off the top of their head, what the different cutter heads are or do.... I spent a little time doing that research. To some degree it seems that partly the cutter heads and their handles coincide for their product numbering. TC600 is the pistol grip cutte...
by RHunter
Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Airbrush Tank ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1898

Re: Airbrush Tank ?

Hi Cynthia, Nope, I have seen little compressors for airbrushing...but what i saw was just the tank , sans generator. Thought it would be a silent way to work an airbrush versus the 20 dollar can of super deluxe air that Badger sells at my craft store. I like the Spare tire work around even better !...
by RHunter
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polishing Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 10171

Re: Polishing Puzzle

Hi All, I just tripped over a couple of Youtube vid's that show the mini belt sander being used.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJRO4jK7n0Y It may be helpful in determining if your work would be compatible with this method....in this instance , the guy has his glass anchored in a vise as someone ...
by RHunter
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Airbrush Tank ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1898

Airbrush Tank ?

Hi All, I recently saw a smallish tank, used to hold air, about the size of a Bar-B-Q propane tank, and costing about $50.00 I assume you fill this at a gas station and you have some quantity of air....My question is....could this be a down and dirty way to power an airbrush for occasional use as we...
by RHunter
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Esoteric Toyo questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4491

Esoteric Toyo questions

Hi All, I recently put together a strip cutter from Paul Tarlow's tutorial, and in the process was cannibalizing cutter head(s) from my various cutters, brass pencil, plastic pencil, and that funny little one you couch in between the fleshy part of your thumb and index finger. A couple of things I n...
by RHunter
Wed May 22, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Glastac and Klyr-Fire
Replies: 9
Views: 5429

Re: Glastac and Klyr-Fire

Hi All,

Wikipedia , written by someone(s) with way more insight than me, seems to reference several variations of CMC so it seems to be luck of the draw, as to what we buy and where we buy it and then how it behaves once we mess with it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboxymethyl_cellulose

Randy
by RHunter
Wed May 22, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: Tile saws for cutting glass
Replies: 23
Views: 31299

Re: Tile saws for cutting glass

Hi All,

an alternative to large-ish tile saws is to look on lapidary sites....they have small saws which use diamond blades for rocks and minerals...further Craigslist is a treasure trove of used tile saws.

http://www.kingsleynorth.com/skshop/cat ... catID=1036

Randy
by RHunter
Wed May 22, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Glastac and Klyr-Fire
Replies: 9
Views: 5429

Re: Glastac and Klyr-Fire

Hi All, I think there may be different formulations of CMC. I bought a container of cmc in japan and upon making a batch , it would go moldy within a couple of weeks....which kind of put me off using it as a glue for laying up projects....now here in the US, I bought some from my ceramic supplier wh...
by RHunter
Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: glass cuttimg medium
Replies: 51
Views: 20204

Re: glass cuttimg medium

Hi All, Was really puzzled by the resurrection of this thread, however it is an old but goody... About 1978 in a stained glass setting, pre TOYO , using one of those Fletcher $ 2.00 cutters, I was cautioned to use oil as well, have since given up on the practice, but I used what was once the ubiquit...
by RHunter
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: nipping thick murrini
Replies: 13
Views: 7242

Re: nipping thick murrini

Hi All, A woman that was in my glass class , had picked up a pair of regular tile nippers from Lowe's or Home Depot....they opened wider than the glass nippers we use, and were pretty sweet...they might be just the ticket for larger cane.....glass blowers must have something similar to cut their can...
by RHunter
Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:25 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Lettering
Replies: 20
Views: 11641

Re: Lettering

hi glasswiz

along the lines of mixing powder and glue.....you could mix any number of the metallic mica's and freehand the writing or if your penmanship is iffy, get a calligraphy stencil and follow along.....the only caveat is that you have to cap the mica.

Randy

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