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by Buttercup
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

As noted, my experience with fibre kilns is extremely brief so I have nothing to compare. I can say I'm in a humid sub-tropical environment and haven't noticed any kiln issues. If Haydo reads this thread he may comment as he's in a much more humid climate than my location. As for my brick kiln, it h...
by Buttercup
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Studio - New Kiln
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: New Studio - New Kiln

Hi Sharol, glad to see you're almost up and running again. My experience of an all-fibre kiln, from many years ago, put me off ever going that route again. I'd taken a picture of a brick kiln I'd used at Pilchuck to a large industrial-kiln manufacturer in Vancouver and requested a kiln of similar si...
by Buttercup
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: R & R Glasscast 910
Replies: 4
Views: 1221

Re: R & R Glasscast 910

Thank you, Dick. Our area has been OK. Our drought has broken locally but some areas, people and wildlife, have been terribly impacted.

Sadly, today three American air crew died when their water-bomber crashed while fighting the fires near the Snowy Mountains. A tragic loss.
by Buttercup
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: R & R Glasscast 910
Replies: 4
Views: 1221

Re: R & R Glasscast 910

I just came across these. Very impressive!
by Buttercup
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: wet saw suggestions
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: wet saw suggestions

Am I missing something? A tile saw should be properly waterproofed and grounded. Nothing to add other than the right blade and blade stiffeners, as suggested by Kevin.
by Buttercup
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2577

Re: enamel suggestions

Peter, a used appliance box, such as a TV or microwave box, with appropriate holes cut in it and a strong extractor fan makes a good spray booth that can be flat-packed for easy storage when not in use.

Take care with these terrible bushfires. Jen
by Buttercup
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Christmas Suncatcher
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: Christmas Suncatcher

Thank you, Don. Thought I'd missed it or it wasn't happening this year.

R&G enamels?

Have a good one and a brilliant 2020. Jen
by Buttercup
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Silver foil & leaf
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Re: Silver foil & leaf

Jennifer, note disclaimer: I haven't tried this with silver leaf but you can remove tarnish from silver by immersing it in hot water in a glass or plastic basin (non-metallic) touching a piece of aluminum foil. Add baking soda to the water and stir in. The tarnish will float off, along with a micros...
by Buttercup
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Little Purple Riding Hood
Replies: 6
Views: 1406

Re: Little Purple Riding Hood

Squeals of delight coming from the Antipodes!!!!

Does anyone say 'too cool' any more?

Your sense of fun and wonderful, complex execution continue to inspire, Don. Thanks for sharing, Jen
by Buttercup
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: air supply for blasting hood?
Replies: 8
Views: 1825

Re: air supply for blasting hood?

I forgot to mention the in-line fume trap and water trap, but must confess that I haven't changed the filter in the fume trap ever since I was advised that if the ambient air is clean and you can't smell any fumes or have any side effects it's not necessary. (Filter-free...sounds like a cheap cigare...
by Buttercup
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: air supply for blasting hood?
Replies: 8
Views: 1825

Re: air supply for blasting hood?

Bonnie, you say you blast outside so already have the most expensive item you need, the compressor. Take your hood and the information about your compressor to a company that supplies sand-blasting equipment.** They should be able to provide you with a regulator and fittings and a hose to split the ...
by Buttercup
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glues and silicones
Replies: 9
Views: 2143

Re: Glues and silicones

Lisa, be careful using adhesive on mirror backs. Many adhesives will destroy the mirroring so be sure to choose one that won't. I've forgotten the North American one I used to use. Glass installers use a particular brand that won't harm the mirroring. I'm sure that information is readily available f...
by Buttercup
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tack fusing temp. for frits
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Re: Tack fusing temp. for frits

Hi Havi, I've just seen this thread and have done just what I believe you are looking for, frit melted to stick to itself, nothing underneath. It was used as flower centres. If you haven't found the answer by experimenting let me know and I'll look for my notes.
by Buttercup
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 12
Views: 2497

Re: Fusing antique glass

I see you've already been given good advice re buying some new 'old-style' glass. I couldn't find information on gravity glass and haven't heard the term before, but did read quite a bit about Guinness glasses in the search. Being a fan I found that interesting. Some time ago I put a piece of 2 mil ...
by Buttercup
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Using Rare Earth Oxides
Replies: 8
Views: 2053

Re: Using Rare Earth Oxides

Hi Jim and Jim, That remark about F/B was not made snidely. I noted that Jagboy 69 was relatively new to the board but spoke disparagingly about the members' lack of response to Jan's question. I thought maybe he expected a F/B-like response where all sorts of 'advice' would be offered regardless of...
by Buttercup
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best 120v Kiln
Replies: 5
Views: 1517

Re: Best 120v Kiln

As Don suggested, you can alter your wiring to access 220 when your dryer isn't in use. I did it for years in Canada without any inconvenience.
by Buttercup
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Using Rare Earth Oxides
Replies: 8
Views: 2053

Re: Using Rare Earth Oxides

Jagboy69 wrote:Sorry bud... I can't help you. The other's around here aren't very lively are they?

Try it, Hope it works for you, then don't tell anyone how you did it! (except me) ;-)


This isn't FaceBook. Members are very helpful if they know the answer or can make a good suggestion.
by Buttercup
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Using Rare Earth Oxides
Replies: 8
Views: 2053

Re: Using Rare Earth Oxides

Accidently posted twice!
by Buttercup
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: How do I present my Art?
Replies: 2
Views: 1536

Re: How do I present my Art?

Interesting concept, Havi. How was it eventually displayed? I agree, a wooden fence 'containing' the free-flowing water is antithetical to the out-of-control nature of a flood. The size isn't obvious from the photo but it must be fairly large if it could be displayed on the floor. Adhering it to a p...
by Buttercup
Wed May 01, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Float Glass Reco Needed for Decals
Replies: 7
Views: 1772

Re: Float Glass Reco Needed for Decals

Assuming the dollhouse won't be going in the dishwasher, if you buy picture frames at a charity shop and remove the glass you'll have thin, cheap glass. The frit could be glued on. That's not something I'd ever do with a piece of art glass but, along with the decals, might achieve the look your frie...

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