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by DonMcClennen
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Some More Detailed Photos of the Enamels
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Some More Detailed Photos of the Enamels

Need a ruler in photo to give a sense of scale.. are these 1/2" or 4" or bigger ??
by DonMcClennen
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Light weight Kiln Shelf
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: Light weight Kiln Shelf

Suggestion; consider vermiculite board.. available from Bullseye.. not damaged at easily as fibre... I am using the same one 24"x 40" for over 10years.
Don
by DonMcClennen
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bottom heat kiln.
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Re: bottom heat kiln.

someone once made a wise statement: Glass needs to "see" the heat.. while pottery only needs to "feel" it! That is why elements in glass kiln roof and no multiple shelf layers when firing :) . Don
by DonMcClennen
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bottom heat kiln.
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Re: bottom heat kiln.

I've been firing glass (large and small) going on 30yrs. Always with top elements and a few side ones.. I can think of numerous reasons to not want bottom elements. I suggest you reconsider!
by DonMcClennen
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: LADY BLUE
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: LADY BLUE

Congratulations HAVI. It is good to see your unique, personal approach to design and display in these fine sculptural works! It is always nice to get recognition for good work! =D>
Don
by DonMcClennen
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: FIRE POLISHING
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: FIRE POLISHING

If the piece is the size of a fist then the firing schedule would have to be quite long and controlled to avoid breakage/thermal shock. Such a schedule would cause much all over surface distortion and loss of detail.. It sounds like the best solution is more coldwork polishing.
by DonMcClennen
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: drop ring fell off center
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: drop ring fell off center

I agree with Brad and Jolly.. could be placement, glass color, etc.. etc. The keeping of records eg: firing time/temp., type and amount of glass, kiln placement etc. is the only way for you learn, move forward, and not repeat that which does not work! I have 2 binders (25 years) full of my firing re...
by DonMcClennen
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best tweezers for glass shards
Replies: 3
Views: 801

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: 1460

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: 881

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: 1229

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: 965

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: 27
Views: 8096

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: 27
Views: 8096

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: 1635

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: 2802

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: 1635

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: 1563

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: 3227

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: 4314

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.

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