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by Sharol
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: cut, carved and polished
Replies: 5
Views: 587

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: 927

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: 927

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: 927

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: 927

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: 927

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: 11237

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: 1173

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: 1216

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: 1216

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: 4295

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: 2319

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: 4394

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: 4846

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...
by Sharol
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper
Replies: 8
Views: 4846

Re: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper

Thanks, Marty. I’m still waiting on my samples of the TaoFiber, but now have sample of the FiberFrax 970 (great looking stuff!), KaoWool 900 and Lydall Lytherm 970 (I think this is what Bullseye sells and uses in classes, but I’m not sure). Of the three, so far the Fiberfrax wins for its low shot co...
by Sharol
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: TaoFiber - Fiber Paper
Replies: 8
Views: 4846

TaoFiber - Fiber Paper

Hi, I’m searching for an extremely smooth, low “shot” content fiber paper. Something along the lines of a KaoWool series 2000 product. This is supposed to be an equivalent: https://ceramicfiber.com/ceramic-fiber-paper/ I’ve sent for a sample to test fire, but was hoping someone had experience using ...
by Sharol
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Getting ready to blow out Color Bar in HOT shop
Replies: 13
Views: 7504

Re: Getting ready to blow out Color Bar in HOT shop

It is so great to see your work posted here again! I’ve missed you! What a wonderful thing for you to once again merge these two glass methodologies. Inspirational. Thank you for posting the pictures of your adventure.
Sharol
by Sharol
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Vermiculite up to what temp. can it be fired???
Replies: 2
Views: 3450

Re: Vermiculite up to what temp. can it be fired???

Hi Hav, I don’t know what maximum temperature you can take vermiculite to, but I was having some cracking problems with the vermiculite base in my vitrigraph kiln. I asked the nice folks at Bullseye about it and they suggested I prefire the shelf before using it. I was told to fire it AFAP to 860 C,...
by Sharol
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: What Happened, and Can I Fix It?
Replies: 8
Views: 7632

Re: What Happened, and Can I Fix It?

Linda, What COE glass did you use in the melt? If it is COE 90 or 96, your anneal cool in both firings is way too fast for a 1/2” thick piece, especially one that has been high-temp fired. I would slow that down to 25 to 35 degrees from your anneal soak to 800 degrees and then you could speed up a b...
by Sharol
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Another...recent work
Replies: 9
Views: 7495

Re: Another...recent work

I love precision craftmanship and this is a fine example of it! Lovely composition. Well done! Congratulations!
Sharol

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