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by Sharol
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kiln wash or kiln paper?
Replies: 1
Views: 122

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: 706

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: 867

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: 867

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: 867

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: 2092

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: 1340

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: 3447

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: 3291

Re: Another...recent work

I love precision craftmanship and this is a fine example of it! Lovely composition. Well done! Congratulations!
Sharol
by Sharol
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Re: cooking in the kiln
Replies: 1
Views: 1647

Re: cooking in the kiln

Hi Jim, A few years ago, I flattened a 16" bowl to correct a flaw. I did it with the opening down towards the shelf. I slumped it super slow (could dig up the schedule if you're interested) and I was surprised at how well it turned out. It ended up being a flat, almost perfectly round blank, th...
by Sharol
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: As promised...a recent work
Replies: 4
Views: 2045

Re: As promised...a recent work

I really like the organic rim on this piece. The interior color combination is striking! Nicely done, Jim! Thanks for posting it. It's great seeing what you've been up to :D

Sharol
by Sharol
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Working my way back to a passion
Replies: 7
Views: 4057

Re: Working my way back to a passion

Thanks Seachange. I've been working with dropout moulds too and appreciate your comments regarding finding the balance when it comes to wall thickness. I have yet to find the magic formula to successfully drop out a mixed component, combed slab. I'm still trying though. Hopefully my glass budget can...
by Sharol
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Working my way back to a passion
Replies: 7
Views: 4057

Working my way back to a passion

For the past several months I've been drawn back to combing after a year-long murrini detour. I'm still exploring how to incorporate murrini into my combing passion, but in the interim I have been working on visual texture techniques other than Bob's wonderful crackle. This piece is probably half-ba...
by Sharol
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: Ever put foil between two pieces of painted glass? Did you know someone has a patent on that?
Replies: 9
Views: 3805

Re: Ever put foil between two pieces of painted glass? Did you know someone has a patent on that?

Billsbayou,

I find your posts intriguing. Please share some images of what you are doing in glass.

Sharol
by Sharol
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Flow slab melt inclusions
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

Re: Flow slab melt inclusions

Hi Wragell. By "inclusions", you're referring to the bubble holes you found upon slicing the slab? Some of those holes may fill in when refired, but some may not. It depends upon how big/deep they are and how hot you fire the piece. I've had good luck just filling the void with clear fine ...
by Sharol
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: ceramic molds
Replies: 7
Views: 3275

Re: ceramic molds

Yes, drywall sanding mesh works best. It's also what I use to clean my shelves. Works great. Wear gloves though. It's rough on your hands.
by Sharol
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Murrini
Replies: 19
Views: 8891

Re: Murrini

Thanks Peter for posting the link. I went ahead and ordered one. It will be nteresting to see how I adapt to positioning the cutting blades perpendicular, rather than parallel to the cane. I'm curious if you found it to be heavy in hand after a bit of use. I do believe I need to start some grip stre...
by Sharol
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Murrini
Replies: 19
Views: 8891

Re: Murrini

Hi Jim. I've been pulling and laying up a lot of Murrine lately. In the beginning getting them to stand up was driving me crazy. This was mainly due to angled ends. If you're having trouble keeping the ends straight, just keep practicing. Trust me, you'll get the hang of it. One thing that helped me...
by Sharol
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pot melt for Patten bar slices
Replies: 3
Views: 2187

Re: Pot melt for Patten bar slices

Hi Tom, Yes, getting a perimeter of thicker clear at the border is typical when potmelting onto a clear base. You will likely see some, although much less, of the clear base across the entire back of the melt. You could flip it and try to add glass on top of the clear, but I wouldn't recommend it. M...
by Sharol
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Prickly Pear Suncatcher
Replies: 9
Views: 4081

Re: Prickly Pear Suncatcher

As always, just beautiful! My Christmas would be incomplete without this post. Thank you, Don! Happy Holidays!
Sharol

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