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by Sharol
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked during heat up
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Cracked during heat up

It’s a beautiful design and you've obviously put a lot of time and thought into it. I hope you post photoss of it when it's completed. :)
by Sharol
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked during heat up
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Cracked during heat up

I always hesitate to publish my schedules for high fire and challenging compositions, because my experience/kiln is unique to my work. Still, I think once you eliminate the compatibility questions, I believe slowing your anneal cool segment would be helpful. If I was adjusting your schedule, I would...
by Sharol
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked during heat up
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Cracked during heat up

I understand you observed the piece cracked on the way up, but I would think too about the anneal cool segment you’ve used. I think 9999 from 960 to 850 is too fast, especially with a piece involving multiple firings. You may be retaining stress with each firing. I’ve done a lot of combings with whi...
by Sharol
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bottom heat kiln.
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: bottom heat kiln.

Hi Jen. I’m sorry, but I don’t have a specific spec sheet or manufacturer link for the hard fiber board. I believe it is the same material as is fairly common in kiln lids and also in Jen-Kens all fiber kilns.
by Sharol
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bottom heat kiln.
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: bottom heat kiln.

Thank you all for your replies. Brad, the “crap” issue has been one of my primary concerns with this configuration. No, the proposed bottom elements can not be controlled separately from the top elements. I will not be doing any deep casting and never fire multiple shelves, so I’m going to pass on t...
by Sharol
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bottom heat kiln.
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: bottom heat kiln.

Hi. I’m considering a new kiln with top and floor elements and saw this post. I’m curious if anyone here sees a disadvantage to this arrangement. I’ve seen where some European manufacturers offer this as an option in their glass kilns. The kiln I’m considering has a 27” x27” x 17” (depth) chamber. C...
by Sharol
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: cut, carved and polished
Replies: 5
Views: 1457

Re: cut, carved and polished

Dick - This is a great piece. I am really drawn to the movement of the edge and intensity of the green you chose to use. What are the approximate dimensions?

Sharol
by Sharol
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

Thanks Marty for the suggestion. If it were two years ago, I’d seriously consider taking your advice and build a kiln. Right now I’m neck-deep into rebuilding a home, studio and shops and re-provisioning them from ground zero. I don’t think I’ve got the juice now to take on another project! Plus, I’...
by Sharol
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

Another question I have is in regards to kiln maintenance when operating in humid climates. Up until now, my kiln work experience has been in dry, far northern CA. I’m now in TN with hot, humid summers. Should that be a factor when considering brick vs fiber kilns? My studio will be air conditioned ...
by Sharol
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

Wow! Brad, that Nabertherm is one heck of a beautiful kiln! I contacted a US distributor and learned they no longer sell to individuals, just schools and businesses. Probably for the best, as I got the impression it was going to be outside my budget comfort zone :D David - Thank you for sharing your...
by Sharol
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

Thanks Jen. Really appreciate your input. What an ordeal you went through with that fiber kiln! I’m definitely starting to think a custom built kiln is the best way for me to go. I think that’s likely the only way I’ll end up with what I really need. I’m loving living in TN, but feeling a bit isolat...
by Sharol
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

New Studio - New Kiln

I'm hoping this will start a discussion regarding people's experiences with fiber vs brick kilns. I'm looking to replace 2 kilns. A Glass Glow 24" x 24" x 18" (brick walls, fiber top) and a Skutt GM 22 clamshell (all brick). I need the capacity to handle a 24" shelf and I prefer ...
by Sharol
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: lace glass
Replies: 12
Views: 13271

Re: lace glass

Shawn. Great to see this photo of your lace. I miss being able to see your abstract (and all other) works. Good stuff!

Sharol
by Sharol
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fiber Kiln/Shelf
Replies: 7
Views: 2378

Re: Fiber Kiln/Shelf

This thread is very timely for me. I am slowly re-provisioning my studio and recently purchased a new, all fiber kiln and fiber kiln shelf. I’ve completed the burnout and regidizing process. I have had concerns about the surface smoothness and overall shelf durability. My supplier has suggested, and...
by Sharol
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Studio Flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 1750

Re: Studio Flooring

Thanks Don and Marty. Marty, I checked out the different concrete finishes and a honed surface sounds like a good option. Pretty nice looking too. This new studio is about 2/3 the size of my previous one and so space management is a bit of a challenge. Although I think I have the layout where the ki...
by Sharol
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Studio Flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 1750

Studio Flooring

I’m building a new studio and I’m undecided on what type of flooring to choose. Although I will have a separate concrete floored area for most cold working tasks, some will be done in the main layup/design portion of the studio. The entire building will have a poured concrete subfloor, which I’m con...
by Sharol
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: The Latest Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 5500

The Latest Bowl

Hi. Our home and my shop were destroyed in the Paradise Camp Fire on November 8th. While digging through documentation for the insurance company, I came across this photo. I just finished the bowl a little over two weeks ago. It was the last piece produced in my studio and I had forgotten that I had...
by Sharol
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kiln wash or kiln paper?
Replies: 1
Views: 2632

Re: Kiln wash or kiln paper?

Yes, several coats of kiln wash will stop the glass from sticking to your shelfduring normal fusing temperatures. You sound like someone new to glass craft. I strongly suggest you buy and (more imprtantly) read Brad’s book Contemporary Fused Glass before you go much further!
by Sharol
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Potmelt from transparent glass
Replies: 5
Views: 5109

Re: Potmelt from transparent glass

In addition to reds...orange and yellow transparents will have a tendency to opalize at pot melt temperatures. So, unless you’d like this effect, you should avoid these colors.

Sharol
by Sharol
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper
Replies: 8
Views: 5706

Re: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper

I received the TaoFiber samples and don’t care much for the stiffness of the backing. I understand that all of these papers use some type of a latex matrix for the backing, but the Tao is even stiffer than the Lytherm product, which is pretty stiff. It is quite smooth, though not as smooth as the Fi...

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