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by Mark Kemp
Sun Feb 01, 2004 2:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Disappearing act~~~~~~~~~~
Replies: 10
Views: 5482

Whatever kind of pen you use, if you allow it to dry awhile (probably a days is best, but at any rate give it some time), it won't come off as readily. I haven't found anything really perfect -- the combination of vibration and water is very effective at lifting marks or rubber cement. The most sure...
by Mark Kemp
Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:39 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Nigeria Order
Replies: 26
Views: 16894

I'm pleased to announce that I am again in favor with the Nigerians, who would be happy to exchange a credit card number for some of my work. I had been feeling so neglected.
by Mark Kemp
Thu Jan 29, 2004 1:17 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: how to shine sterling
Replies: 11
Views: 5362

Geri Comstock wrote: The natural oils in skin tarnishes sterling jewelry fairly quickly, not to mention some of the food goop that people attending shows have on their fingers. LOL.

Good luck!

Geri


Honey sticks should not be allowed within 2500 feet of a booth.
by Mark Kemp
Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: how to shine sterling
Replies: 11
Views: 5362

If the silver is smooth and polished, just dull, a silver polish like Simichrome of Flitz and a piece of cloth works great.
by Mark Kemp
Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Slumping Glass/Face Molds
Replies: 18
Views: 11678

What are the alternatives if you are: 1) Chicken about lifting the lid of the Jen ken when that hot 2) Chicken because I don't have a fireproof hood 3) Chicken because I would like to keep my hair thank you Clucking girl Jeri I wouldn't think you'd need a fireproof hood. Just keep your face back wh...
by Mark Kemp
Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Turtle wax
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

Yeah, displacement. :)

Of course, now he's got Taco Bell.
by Mark Kemp
Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Turtle wax
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

In the old days Coyote would sneak up on the turtles and milk them when no one was looking. Now it's all done in Malaysia.
by Mark Kemp
Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:00 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Turtle wax
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

I find carnauba car wax helps prevent fingerprints from pieces that get handled a lot at shows, so I don't have to polish them so often. This is on polished glass, not sandblasted surfaces.
by Mark Kemp
Sun Jan 18, 2004 3:37 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sound , Frit and Crop Circles
Replies: 5
Views: 3059

In a magazine I saw some little gadgets that attach directly to any surface, including glass, to turn the surface into a "speaker". It uses a metallic transducer of some sort, no magnets. Might work well for this purpose.
by Mark Kemp
Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:38 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Light bulb cutting
Replies: 9
Views: 4671

When I was a kid a had a book about cheap science experiments. They used lightbulbs for flasks. I can't remember for sure after all these years what they did (hmmm...wonder if I tied my shoes this morning...), but it was something along the line of what Tony mentioned. They may have scored the line,...
by Mark Kemp
Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:18 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Granite Irid
Replies: 12
Views: 5938

Tony Smith wrote:the rough side

tony


Are you sure about that Tony? All the granite and textured glass I have has the irrid coating on the smooth side. I think at least some of it is Spectrum, but I can't swear to it at this point.
by Mark Kemp
Thu Nov 20, 2003 2:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Distorted Ornaments
Replies: 11
Views: 5241

I've had small pieces jump across the shelf an inch or so a couple times. I think it happened when the pieces were small and I had too much glue under them. When the glue heated, it suddenly bubbled or gassed and threw the piece. That's my theory, anyway. Poltergeists are another theory that had pos...
by Mark Kemp
Thu Nov 20, 2003 2:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glue Left Marks
Replies: 19
Views: 8207

Mark-How long does the gel take to set up, say before you can move the work off a bench and into the kiln? Have you used it on clears, and in the center or pieces where burnout residue is most likely? How about cleanup? Same as regular Elmers? Thanks I think it sets up enough to move things gently ...
by Mark Kemp
Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:09 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glue Left Marks
Replies: 19
Views: 8207

I use Elmer's Washable School Glue -- Blue Gel. It's never left a residue, and no watering down needed.
by Mark Kemp
Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:51 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Diamond Drill Bits and Fire Polishing
Replies: 8
Views: 4944

How frequently did you lift the bit? You said periodically. You need to lift it a bit every few seconds, maybe 2 to 5, to let water in under the bit. You develop a rhythm of up and down. Some of the cheap Chinese bits I've used lasted 30 to 60 holes. Lately the ones I have don't seem to be drilling ...
by Mark Kemp
Mon Oct 27, 2003 7:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Lables on Bottles
Replies: 17
Views: 12081

Orange oil, such as Citrisolv, works well on a lot of label adhesive. Softens it, then it can be removed with a strong detergent solution.
by Mark Kemp
Thu Oct 23, 2003 1:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: taking the back off of a mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 4383

They sell a product in craft stores made specifially to selectively remove mirroring for decorative purposes. I haven't tried it though.
by Mark Kemp
Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:30 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Inland Grinder Bit
Replies: 7
Views: 3898

Several online suppliers carry this "groove bit". I know Alpine Glass does, though it's mispelled as "grove bit". It's made by Glastar.
by Mark Kemp
Tue Sep 30, 2003 12:37 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: scotch tape' am i the only one
Replies: 20
Views: 12453

I've checked a number of MSDS's, and none of them say combustion products from cyanoacrylate adhesives are particularly hazardous, but just irritating. One mentioned "a trace amount of hydrogen cyanide". Another said there were no hazardous combustion products. A third mentioned no hazardous combust...
by Mark Kemp
Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:14 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Silly Ethics Question
Replies: 38
Views: 21536

I don't think that people really want to know how things are done, the same way they don't want to know that they are paying for all that slag that you had to make, before you could make that really spiff piece. That's not to say you shouldn't tell them, just that they might not want to know. Greg ...

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