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by misteroldhouse
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tack fuse first?
Replies: 4
Views: 3554

Re: Tack fuse first?

It's not necessary to tack fuse everything if your only op intent is to avoid bubbles. After all. The tack fuse isn't a full fuse & so will leave the same bubble-causing spaces! Look up "bubble squeeze" firing schedules and try that, knowing that some bubbles are just unavoidable perio...
by misteroldhouse
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best Wet Band Sander
Replies: 8
Views: 6861

Re: Best Wet Band Sander

I like the CRL / Somaca 104" WBS, BUT it's a large, not inexpensive, floor model.

I switched to it from a table-mounted Covington and saw a world of difference. So if you can stomach that large of a tool, it,s great!
by misteroldhouse
Wed May 21, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Does mr97 really need to be reapplied every firing?
Replies: 7
Views: 6176

Re: Does mr97 really need to be reapplied every firing?

I use MR-97 for all of my molds and then just a bare kiln shelf with Thinfire for my kiln shelves. I hate the finish that chipped kiln wash leaves on the backs of my pieces... I rarely re-prime the MR-97...recently I draped 18 9" squares over 4 stainless forms...meaning each one was used 4 time...
by misteroldhouse
Wed May 21, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Devitrification in New Kiln/Kiln Shelf
Replies: 8
Views: 4997

Devitrification in New Kiln/Kiln Shelf

Hi All, I'm the brand new owner of a Denver kiln and Western Industrial Ceramics 60" x 30" kiln shelf... I did my first test....the very first firing after hooking it up and doing one brief test to 400F. The test involved placing 2" x 2" double-stacked tiles around the kiln...loo...
by misteroldhouse
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Which belt grits?
Replies: 7
Views: 4957

Re: Which belt grits?

Like others have said, it depends what you're doing and how you work. I have a large 104" Somaca WBS and use 180 & 220 for almost everything. I can fire polish anything out from 220 grit. Occasionally I'll use a 120. That said, when I was using a much smaller Covington, it seems like I need...
by misteroldhouse
Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Sandblasting questions
Replies: 18
Views: 17597

Re: Sandblasting questions

Hi All, I too have a larger cabinet-style sandblaster, with factory-supplied dust collector, etc. One, or even several, high-quality water traps are critical to removing all traces of moisture from the air-line. My current setup has two water traps in a row, situated about 2 feet apart and seem to e...
by misteroldhouse
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit
Replies: 25
Views: 16212

Re: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit

Order them from these guys. At 35 cents each they are virtually disposable. http://thk.hk/onlinestore_details.php?id=24 I buy all kinds of core bits from them. If these are any good, this is amazing, Rick! I've been spending upwards of $50 each on 1 3/4 diamond hole saws and teirs are $8 with shipp...
by misteroldhouse
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Belt Sander or Lap Wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 4279

Re: Belt Sander or Lap Wheel

I agree with all, First the WBS, than a diamond lap.

In my experience, diamonds cut faster & deeper; one often has to use the WBS with t's silicon carbide wet belts in order to remove those fine diamond-produced scratches!

Larry
by misteroldhouse
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Safety relating to thin fire kiln shelf paper
Replies: 19
Views: 23086

Re: Safety relating to thin fire kiln shelf paper

Great question/great topic! I would also add in my belief that a mask and gloves, even if latex-free, are not enough protection for any of us glass workers! I use those and vacuum the Thinfire off of the kiln shelf using a HEPA filtered long-handled vacuum. When we brush that dust into a dust pan or...
by misteroldhouse
Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: Tile saws for cutting glass
Replies: 23
Views: 36706

Re: Tile saws for cutting glass

I use my MK 101 for the same exact purpose, having migrated to the relatively huge 101 from a smaller MK saw due to my desire to cut much thicker slabs. Beyond price and tool longetivity (and I firmly believe that you get what you pay for...), two issues apply, as follows. 1. The quality of the diam...

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