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by The Hobbyist
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln electrical question
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Kiln electrical question

I thought the fuse was to protect the wiring not the appliance. However, if the original setup was correct with a 60 amp fuse on a 4 awg wire then downgrading to a 45 amp fuse would be OK. But the reverse would be dangerous; replacing a 45 amp fuse on 6 awg wire with a 60 amp fuse. I suppose you cou...
by The Hobbyist
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: frit lace rescue
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: frit lace rescue

Nice job...well done!

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: lace glass
Replies: 12
Views: 12812

Re: lace glass

I've always made lace on a primed shelf.

Maybe I'll try it on thinfire sometime. Please report your results if you try it.

Jim
by The Hobbyist
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Round piece of glass.....sagging
Replies: 4
Views: 2332

Re: Round piece of glass.....sagging

The circle will sag like the square, by folding in a few places. If centered on the post it will end up with even height edges without the peaks you get with a square drape/sag.

Do a test with a circle of float to see if you get the effect you want.

Jim
by The Hobbyist
Tue May 21, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop Ring from thick slab
Replies: 11
Views: 4128

Re: Drop Ring from thick slab

I would be very worried that the whole thing will fall through the drop ring hole. You said the glass is 5.5" in diameter and the drop ring hole is 4". That only leaves 3/4" of glass on the edges and it also looks to be chipped out. I don't see how it can hold on. However, I hardly ev...
by The Hobbyist
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: float glass fusing problem - bends
Replies: 11
Views: 3818

Re: float glass fusing problem - bends

Looks like a clear case of incompatibility. Not all float glass is the same COE. You are using two different manufacturers which would most likely mean they are different glass formulas.

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: irritating news
Replies: 11
Views: 6128

Re: irritating news

Welcome back! I'm happy for you that you are, at least partially, rebuilt and newly functional.

Can we look forward to pictures and reports of your progress with your studio repair?

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Galvanized Steel
Replies: 4
Views: 4492

Re: Galvanized Steel

Go to your local hardware and look at a piece of metal pipe. You should find black pipe and galvanized. Black pipe is just what it's called...black and usually oily/greasy to reduce rusting for a while. The galvanized will be silvery colored and not smooth. It is a dullish silver, not bright and shi...
by The Hobbyist
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'
Replies: 11
Views: 5944

Re: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'

Paint thinner and lacquer thinner are my favorites. Lighter fluid if you have it also is very good. Very high evaporative rate.

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Alcohol ink and float glass
Replies: 3
Views: 3157

Re: Alcohol ink and float glass

Cover the surface with an even (or not) layer of powder that is compatible with float. When fired to full fuse it will "flow" into the cracks and give you the effect I think you're seeking. There is also a BE tip sheet on coating frit with powder in a container using water and then forming...
by The Hobbyist
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: firing schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 2207

Re: firing schedule

I would add/change 50 800 to the anneal for this one and the next.

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Sat May 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Slumping Tempered Glass
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Re: Slumping Tempered Glass

Sure, you can order exactly what you want/need but there are so many glass table tops floating around at great prices, new and used. Many of these are tempered and some are not. The savings are worth the effort if you can work with that glass. I just trashed a 5' = 60" diam x 3/4" glass to...
by The Hobbyist
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Another...recent work
Replies: 9
Views: 8454

Re: Another...recent work

Nikki, what a pleasure to hear from you. You must have been on that sorting team also if you got one of my 3 x 5 "Thank You" cards. Those early magless exchanges were great and I still treasure them. For sure, you are welcome to visit in March, or any time. Although that's a long way off. ...
by The Hobbyist
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Whiting as texture mold
Replies: 1
Views: 2858

Whiting as texture mold

Will a nice layer of whiting spread on the shelf with a texture pattern pressed into the surface serve as a mold for kilncarving? Or is it too soft? Can it be stiffened?

Jin "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: thicker and thinner together- ok?
Replies: 13
Views: 7345

Re: thicker and thinner together- ok?

Have you considered "Hang Your Glass"? I've used them on a few pieces with success.

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: major heating element disaster
Replies: 3
Views: 3323

Re: major heating element disaster

Years ago I repaired a dryer heating element by bolting the ends together using a small bolt(screw) and nut, erector set size. It held for a long time. Of course the dryer element doesn't get as hot as the kiln but I believe it is the same sort of material. For an emergency fix it might work. Jim &q...
by The Hobbyist
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: Help with disaster fire
Replies: 6
Views: 8053

Re: Help with disaster fire

The old version of thinfire would shrink and curl up. Which may be the cause of your problem since your pieces are small.

Jim "The Hobbyist"
by The Hobbyist
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Should I switch to System 96?
Replies: 14
Views: 11488

Re: Should I switch to System 96?

Marty wrote:
I have had nothing but positive encounters, encouragment and friendly support from Bullseye in the approximately 20 years that I've been using their glass.


Likewise.

Jim
by The Hobbyist
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: extruding glass strands from pot
Replies: 5
Views: 4363

Re: extruding glass strands from pot

The name of the process is "vitrigraph" and I don't think it is possible with a front loading kiln. I don't think you need fear the pot exploding. More likely it will cool rapidly past the point where any glass will flow. As it continues to cool it will begin to crack and break apart possi...
by The Hobbyist
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Finally sharing some work
Replies: 6
Views: 6557

Re: Finally sharing some work

Exceptional work. Congratulations!

Jim "The Hobbyist"

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