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by DonMcClennen
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best tweezers for glass shards
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Best tweezers for glass shards

I must have 20 pairs... my favorite are about 6" long with a 45degree bend on bottom inch, and they are "Closed "and you sqeeze to open. Don
by DonMcClennen
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to mount...
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: How to mount...

How about grinding/polishing bottom edge absolutely flat then cast a clear rectangular base 1/2" or more in thickness then fasten with UV adhesive.. ?
by DonMcClennen
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: first attempt with new kiln
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: first attempt with new kiln

Sounds like you have a program error in your controller.
by DonMcClennen
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Panel for bathroom window
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Panel for bathroom window

Nice job Don.. I assume you used more than 1 firing eg: 1 for color, 1 for outline ??
by DonMcClennen
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: FUSING HOUSE NUMBERS
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: FUSING HOUSE NUMBERS

Kids plasticene in the Kiln?? I hope your kidding! You have a bit of a learning curve to get these numbers cast. Your dam material must be thinner than the final cast glass in order to eliminate needles. It actually is very simple to accomplish what you wish but I think you need to expand your knowl...
by DonMcClennen
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 3619

Re: enamel suggestions

Container says: Clear Glide wire pulling lubricant by IDEAL #31-388.. maybe you can find it online. When fire it left some texture. Don
by DonMcClennen
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: enamel suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 3619

Re: enamel suggestions

I was able to get a watercolour look by mixing powder frit with "cable pull gel" (available at Home Depot) You wind up with a acrylic paint like consistency. Then apply to glass with brushes as if painting a watecolour . try it !!
by DonMcClennen
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Studio Flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 1088

Re: Studio Flooring

17 years ago I had commercial grade floor tile (like used in Walmart etc) installed over the concrete base. It has stood up well, is easy to wet mop, and you can move stuff around without damage to floor. I initially used rubber mats in areas where I stand but I found they were a trip hazard.. I wil...
by DonMcClennen
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Little Purple Riding Hood
Replies: 6
Views: 1696

Re: Little Purple Riding Hood

I like all the small detail... takes a lot more than a glance to really appreciate this work... well done!
by DonMcClennen
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Annealing small thick pieces
Replies: 1
Views: 1278

Re: Annealing small but thick pieces

Over many years I have fused numerous smaller thick ( 1",1 1/2", and 2") pieces. Dimensions 2"x 3" , 2 1/2 x 4" and on up to 5" x 20" . I have always used the Bullseye suggested schedule for these based on the smallest dimension of each piece.. My work often s...
by DonMcClennen
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Mesh Melts
Replies: 2
Views: 980

Re: Mesh Melts

Too much black for my taste (just my 2cents opinion) :wink:
by DonMcClennen
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: mesh melt turn black
Replies: 9
Views: 2137

Re: mesh melt turn black

I actually see a lot of darker cathedrals in your pile... they will dominate!!!
by DonMcClennen
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing antique glass
Replies: 12
Views: 2994

Re: Fusing antique glass

Just for your future knowledge... If you tried to fuse single thickness glass by butting edges together... they will actually pull away form each other at fusing temps... leaving gaps (holes) in the final piece.
by DonMcClennen
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Cleaning Glass after Grinding Edges
Replies: 4
Views: 1563

Re: Cleaning Glass after Grinding Edges

If you have someone else do your firing (who gave you lessons) then you need to talk this all out with them! These results could be avoided if you gave your assembled work an surface coating (airbrush) with superspray before fuse firing. When you get your own kiln you'll have better control of handl...
by DonMcClennen
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?
Replies: 11
Views: 3009

Re: How to keep parts aligned during fusing?

You could accomplish what you describe using a UV adhesive,,, getting a UV bulb and UV glue is not expensive and certainly more permanent than other adhesives. You can buy beer glasses fairly cheap :P :wink:
by DonMcClennen
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best 120v Kiln
Replies: 5
Views: 1768

Re: Best 120v Kiln

You will soon feel very restricted/limited with a small 110 volt kiln! I would suggest you use an electric switching device to allow you to use the 220 dryer circuit for the new kiln (you just can't use dryer when your firing) then buy the biggest 220 kiln you can afford.
by DonMcClennen
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming a curved line
Replies: 7
Views: 3088

Re: Damming a curved line

In order to get a nice rounded edge on top layer edge corners your glass, contact with dam must be about 1/16" above dam. This is easily accomplished using 1/8" thick fibre around inside of dam. If your dam is higher than glass you will get needlepoints at top edge corners) If you are just...
by DonMcClennen
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming a curved line
Replies: 7
Views: 3088

Re: Damming a curved line

I fuse up to 12 layers (1 1/2") fully dammed ... I ramp at 200F up to bubble sqeeze... never had thermal shock.
by DonMcClennen
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming a curved line
Replies: 7
Views: 3088

Re: Damming a curved line

If your concern is thermal shock then my approach would be to really slow down your firing ramps below 1000F so the glass has time to heat and cool evenly regardless of the dams.
by DonMcClennen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'
Replies: 11
Views: 4761

Re: Removing sticker 'ghost marks'

Most of the suggestions offered seem to be related to sticker glue removal (eg: paint thinner, lacquer etc.)... not the "ghosts" you describe. I have experienced the ghosts you refer to when I have removed a small pricing label after it has remained on a piece in my studio for some years. ...

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