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by FusedLightStudio
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: plaster for casting
Replies: 11
Views: 8398

Re: plaster for casting

Could I use just cleaned/sifted beach sand in the second layer?
If not - wondering where to get grogg...
by FusedLightStudio
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: tack fusing 4 layers 3mm without dams to keep the volume
Replies: 13
Views: 12585

Re: tack fusing 4 layers 3mm without dams to keep the volume

Ed, thanks so much for that great idea.

Do you just use kiln wash on the TC or do you cut fiber paper circles?

With the edge particles - how much of an edge on, say, a 6-inch diameter blank?
by FusedLightStudio
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: calculating weight of glass for potmelts
Replies: 6
Views: 4014

Re: calculating weight of glass for potmelts

This made me curious about the specific gravity of recycled glass cullet, which I use sometimes. Surprise - it is also 2.5 (well, 2.49 if you want to get picky). http://www.penndot.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/RoadDesignEnvironment/Environment/PollutionPrevention/Documents/FS-%20GC%20Fact%20Sheet%20FINAL%...
by FusedLightStudio
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: "Dumbing down" of glass art?
Replies: 55
Views: 60261

Re: "Dumbing down" of glass art?

I appreciate so many of the posts on this topic - so, first, a general Thank You for all the thoughtful responses. My start in warm glass was when I took a community arts center class in fusing almost three years ago, and it was like a FB group - no formal instruction, everything was fired by the in...
by FusedLightStudio
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Sand mold for IN the kiln
Replies: 6
Views: 5754

Re: Sand mold for IN the kiln

Hi Tony - I am also interested in this technique - does it matter what kind of plaster? No. 1 plaster, or plaster of Paris...?
by FusedLightStudio
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: calculating weight of glass for potmelts
Replies: 6
Views: 4014

Re: calculating weight of glass for potmelts

Yes, 2.5 is specific gravity of Bullseye. I believe you also have to add 10% to allow for the glass that sticks to the pot. If you’re trying to calculate the volume of an irregular-shaped object (say a plaster mold for a sculpture), you weigh a large container of water, fill the mold with water to t...
by FusedLightStudio
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: How to polish a casted sculpture
Replies: 18
Views: 15064

Re: How to polish a casted sculpture

Wow!!! Cynthia, I’m so grateful to you for this detailed description! It sounds like just what I want for the pieces I have. THANK YOU for taking the time to write it up!!!!

Update - thanks for that info about the 3M pads, too!!
by FusedLightStudio
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: How to polish a casted sculpture
Replies: 18
Views: 15064

Re: How to polish a casted sculpture

I’d like to hear more from Cynthia and anyone else about hand-polishing cast glass. In a casting workshop I just took, the only techniques demonstrated were: potter’s wheel with sanding surface; loose grit on plate glass; wet belt sander. I don’t have the room or money for the potter’s wheel or wet ...
by FusedLightStudio
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)
Replies: 8
Views: 3848

Re: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)

Oh, good reminder about using PAPYRUS (same here, love Papyrus :) to line the mold. This may all be moot, as this morning I fired the molds with rigidizer (from Delphi), and not only did it stink to high heaven but it turned everything with kilnwash - shelf, posts, floor - BLACK. I got the worst of ...
by FusedLightStudio
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)
Replies: 8
Views: 3848

Re: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)

Thanks, Edpal! Yes, I am using rigidizer and kiln wash on the mold.
by FusedLightStudio
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)
Replies: 8
Views: 3848

Re: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)

Hi Judd, Sorry I wasn't clear. I'm not slumping a bottle. I'm slumping art glass. I fused two layers of art glass and now I want to make a spoon rest with it by slumping it through a custom mold made of 1/4" fiber felt, on 1/2" posts. I can make the drop mold with a round spoon shape and a...
by FusedLightStudio
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)
Replies: 8
Views: 3848

Drop mold for a spoon rest (open end)

I'd like to use 1/4" fiber felt to make a custom drop mold, which would create a spoon rest. Looking at the ceramic spoon rest that I currently own, it looks like I should make an oval and then a long slot that goes all the way to the edge. Here's the ceramic spoon rest IMG_2349-2.jpg IMG_2351-...
by FusedLightStudio
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cheap vases - are they safe to fire?
Replies: 3
Views: 2180

Re: Cheap vases - are they safe to fire?

Thanks very much, Marty and Brad. I’ll continue my experimentation with these limitations in mind!
by FusedLightStudio
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cheap vases - are they safe to fire?
Replies: 3
Views: 2180

Cheap vases - are they safe to fire?

I bought some colored vases and bottles at Dollar Tree thinking that I could use them for color accents on my float glass creations. But when I broke them up, I saw that the thick bottoms are clear glass; only the thin sides have color. I'm concerned that the colors are some superficial coating (lik...
by FusedLightStudio
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Opinions needed for new kiln
Replies: 16
Views: 9328

Re: Opinions needed for new kiln

Thanks Edpal - very helpful!!
by FusedLightStudio
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Opinions needed for new kiln
Replies: 16
Views: 9328

Re: Opinions needed for new kiln

I am considering buying a new (preferably used) kiln, and have lots of questions - so I apologize in advance! (I hope the moderators will move this post if it needs a new thread) UPDATE - just saw an add here for an Olympic 1814GFE so would appreciate any thoughts about that particular kiln and its ...

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