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by tbach
Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Crazy Crusher
Replies: 8
Views: 7484

Re: Crazy Crusher

To Terry Gallantine ... are you able to use the frit powder in your glasswork? I have had no problem using small/medium/large frit using my hand-made galvanized pipe crusher because the frit is easy to clean ... but when I tried to use powder, even after dragging a strong magnet through it countless...
by tbach
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: relays for kilns
Replies: 28
Views: 29529

Re: relays for kilns

When Skutt changed my controller to solid state relay, they also added a heat-sink on the front of the controller box. It was included in the cost of the conversion.
by tbach
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: relays for kilns
Replies: 28
Views: 29529

Re: relays for kilns

Check with Skutt customer service ... I had them replace my relays with a solid state relay, and I haven't had a problem since. Before that, I replaced my relays ... two at a time, since that what I was told had to be done ... 5 times over a three year period - the first one was less than 6 months a...
by tbach
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: lighting an art piece
Replies: 3
Views: 3255

Re: lighting an art piece

I have found myself in the glass painting mode for the last year or so - when I discovered that they needed to be backlit to be properly displayed, I set out to figure how to do that. What resulted is a short tutorial on making backlit frames using commercially available frame stock and LED lights i...
by tbach
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Waffers
Replies: 34
Views: 23759

Re: Waffers

Didn't think to mention that I use a very simple schedule - 600° to 1250°-1325° for 10 minutes, and then off. It takes more than 30 minutes for me because my kiln cools down rather slowly, but it is still quick when compared to other schedules - I don't have to babysit, and no anneal necessary. I am...
by tbach
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Waffers
Replies: 34
Views: 23759

Re: Waffers

I fire wafers at 1250° to 1325°, (sorry, do not know equivalent C°)depending upon how "delicate" I want them to be. Powder can be sifted over stencils, or stenciled through silkscreens (I use 110tpi screens for wafers). They can be fired directly on a kilnwashed kiln shelf, or even on bisq...
by tbach
Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:09 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln Relays
Replies: 51
Views: 33738

Re: Kiln Relays

I have had a Skutt 1014 for about 3 years. In the first 2 years I replaced both relays 5 times ... yeah ... pretty excessive. It was to the point where I was afraid to fire anything that I wouldn't want to lose. To add insult to injury, when I called about the first relay replacement, only 4 months ...
by tbach
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to back light
Replies: 17
Views: 8745

Re: How to back light

Just completed an instruction pamphlet describing the process I have been using - would be happy to send a copy to you ... either pdf or word format. I have already discovered that I can't download pdf file at warmglass, and that the word file is too large, so I will have to email it directly to you...
by tbach
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:24 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to back light
Replies: 17
Views: 8745

Re: How to back light

I have been working on this problem for several months. Many of my newer projects involve screenprinting, tracing and matting - the finished piece needs to be either in a window (not always possible) or backlighted. My solution goes as follows: I use a Nielson#35 frame (Americanframe.com) to constru...
by tbach
Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Silk screen, powders.... enamels etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 7476

Re: Silk screen, powders.... enamels etc.

Check out Stacey Lynn Smith - works at Bullseye. She has developed a system of imagery which is achieved by sifting fine glass powdered frit through prepared silkscreens. The clarity of images and texture is dependent upon the firing temp used. Her work will spark your imagination. I have been told ...
by tbach
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:59 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SS Screen
Replies: 16
Views: 8212

Re: SS Screen

When I "had my screen sandblasted," I took it to an auto body shop in the area . . . no way would I use a sandblaster that is used for glass projects, because it would most certainly contaminate the grit. I'm not really sure, but I think that the grit used by auto shops is much more coarse...
by tbach
Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SS Screen
Replies: 16
Views: 8212

Re: SS Screen

Had the same problem . . . When I called the screen source, I was instructed to smash all of the glass off with a hammer (on concrete floor works best, with lots of paper below and on top) - not big bangs with hammer . . . just short taps. When all of the residual glass is gone, I was told to use a ...
by tbach
Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Fusing glass to texture mold without bubbles forming
Replies: 4
Views: 4814

Re: Fusing glass to texture mold without bubbles forming

I purchased two other texture tiles from Creative Paradise - haven't had the slightest problem with them using either 6mm thick piece of glass or prefired 6mm blank (two 3mm pieces of Bullseye or Uroboros 90 that I fire to full fuse with 45 minute bubble squeeze at 1250°- I also have found that I ca...
by tbach
Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Share your water drip techniques and methods
Replies: 9
Views: 7333

Re: Share your water drip techniques and methods

I purchased a used Wet Belt Sander a couple of years ago, and it came with an ingenious drip container - it is simply a stock windshield washer container from auto supply - tubing was added at the bottom to direct the water to my Sander. There is a control valve on the top of my Sander, but I'm sure...
by tbach
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: HP Cartridges that work for image transfer
Replies: 8
Views: 6067

Re: HP Cartridges that work for image transfer

78A and 5A both work well
by tbach
Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:24 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Finished window project
Replies: 7
Views: 5760

Re: Finished window project

Actually, that's one of the "lessons" I learned through this project. I discovered that when I fired the spot colors on the reverse, I had to use thinfire between the prefired black enamel on the front and the kiln shelf. That is the only way to keep the enamel surface flat and shiny - on ...
by tbach
Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Finished window project
Replies: 7
Views: 5760

Re: Finished window project

Thanks for your encouragement.

Corrected the link to my gallery page . . . you can view my smaller test panel and original photo there.
by tbach
Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Finished window project
Replies: 7
Views: 5760

Finished window project

Please accept my apologies in advance for the long posting, but I felt that it would be better to explain the whole process than just to post a picture. Started this project more than a year ago – speedbumps and chaos put it on the back burner. Our daughter took a digital photograph in Noble Woods, ...
by tbach
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Some Recent Work To Say Thanks
Replies: 11
Views: 8628

Re: Some Recent Work To Say Thanks

Well . . . another faux pas to add to my growing list!!

Sorry, Jim. For some reason I had Brad's name in my head when I replied to your original posting. Please accept my sincere apologies for the brain fart.
by tbach
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Some Recent Work To Say Thanks
Replies: 11
Views: 8628

Re: Some Recent Work To Say Thanks

Thanks for feedback, Brad. Man . . . what patience you have to cut all of those pieces out of decal material and then reassemble! The payback for all that hard work is sharp, concise outlines and terrific color! All the Tuna images look perfect, so I assumed that they were full digital decal images ...

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