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by Mark Kemp
Mon Sep 22, 2003 12:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Permanent nose butter and check fixing
Replies: 8
Views: 3867

Yes, I was alarmed at the idea of spraying acetone. My understanding is that it is very easily set aflame. A vaporized cloud of it could go off like a bomb.,
by Mark Kemp
Mon Sep 22, 2003 12:55 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Silly Ethics Question
Replies: 38
Views: 21604

I've been asked this a number of times by customers, too. I think it's usually just that they don't understand how the art is made, and they are curious. But I think very few hot glass artists actually make their own glass, either, just as very few potters dig their own clay and formulate it, and wo...
by Mark Kemp
Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:07 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dull lines on edge of clear casing
Replies: 21
Views: 8471

By some chance are you grinding your edges and are you using Thinfire? I've had that combination bite me before. Tony I had that happen to a whole batch last week. Thought maybe it was one of those virus things. I ground, used superspray and thinfire. Left a haze around the edge. So I re ground and...
by Mark Kemp
Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:47 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: muller
Replies: 28
Views: 15711

When I saw mention of glass mullers, I thought it meant "mullers for glass", but now I see they are mullers MADE of glass. The ones on the link I followed said they were made for grinding pigments. Do these really hold up grinding glass, which I would presume is harder than most pigments? I would th...
by Mark Kemp
Tue Sep 16, 2003 10:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What do you use to cover your cutting table?????
Replies: 32
Views: 16311

What is the purpose of cutting on a cushion? I've been cutting on my light table which is covered in thick tempered glass or I cut on my MDF table if I'm not using a pattern. What am I missing by not cutting on a cushion??? Confused as always.... Solid surface works fine with a lot of glass. Glass ...
by Mark Kemp
Tue Sep 09, 2003 12:03 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Coping with "artist abuse" at shows
Replies: 22
Views: 12925

LOL. Yikes! Okay, this is how you get rid of them. It's called body language and crowding their space. You move really close to them, pretending you're adjusting/straightening/cleaning your display. Bend over and bump them with your tush if you have to so that you give them a little nudge in the dir...
by Mark Kemp
Wed Sep 03, 2003 4:58 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Lincoln City's Glass Galore Art Fair
Replies: 5
Views: 3963

Thanks, Jerry. I sent off the application this morning. My work is probably not as high-end as yours, so maybe that will be good for this show. Since moving to the Florence, I've done several shows along the coast and done pretty well.
by Mark Kemp
Wed Sep 03, 2003 12:32 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Lincoln City's Glass Galore Art Fair
Replies: 5
Views: 3963

Thanks, Jim. I wondered, too, how the change in locaton would affect it. I do fused glass. ;) Hanging pieces and jewelry, mostly. Perhaps I'll see you there.
by Mark Kemp
Mon Sep 01, 2003 8:13 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Lincoln City's Glass Galore Art Fair
Replies: 5
Views: 3963

Lincoln City's Glass Galore Art Fair

I am wondering if any of you have done the Lincoln City (Oregon) Glass Galore Art Fair in the past, and if so, if you have any opinions to offer about it.
by Mark Kemp
Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:48 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Interesting info wrt Credit Cards....at least new to me
Replies: 24
Views: 12459

On the other hand, your purchases are also not recorded on a debit card and the information sold to information clearinghouses, an abominable invasion of privacy as far as I'm concerned. Also, many debit cards today are transparent to the merchant. In fact, I've been advised to simply state that I'...
by Mark Kemp
Mon Aug 25, 2003 11:50 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Looking For Black Shiny String
Replies: 14
Views: 7033

Be aware that rattail catches on things and frays easily. I found it becoming shopworn before items sold. When I use cord on something now, it's usually waxed cotton cord. It looks a lot like leather cord. It's stiffer than rattail, but holds up well, and I like the appearance.
by Mark Kemp
Sun Aug 24, 2003 12:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Intriguing surface defect
Replies: 7
Views: 3538

Is the glass opal or cathedral? I haven't had this problem exactly, but the Spectrum opals have a darker layer on the outside than the inside, like glass flashed on both surfaces. Sometimes this shows up after fusing, and can either be an unpleasant or pleasant effect.
by Mark Kemp
Tue Jul 15, 2003 12:23 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How Do YOU apply E 6000
Replies: 22
Views: 16117

Recently I removed some earring backs I had glued on with E6000 a couple years ago -- it took a lot of work wedging a knife blade under the earring pad and prying to remove them -- thoroughly ruining the studs. (I've since taken to soaking them awhile in acetone -- much easier.) I dab a bit on a too...
by Mark Kemp
Thu Jul 03, 2003 12:56 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: mailing lists
Replies: 27
Views: 14433

My feeling is that when someone gives me personal information in order to pay me with a check, they are doing so for that purpose and trusting me not to use it for some other purpose. I would feel I was betraying that trust by taking the address from it for mailings without permission. Perhaps I am ...
by Mark Kemp
Fri Jun 20, 2003 10:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Technique or trick?
Replies: 18
Views: 8391

I think it's wrong only if a customer reasonably believes the item to be all glass, when it isn't. As long as you clearly state what it is they are buying, then they are making an informed decision. I worked at a store that sold these nice colored glass bottles. I was tempted to buy some with my emp...
by Mark Kemp
Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Element Contamination
Replies: 3
Views: 2585

Thanks. I checked out the URL Brad gave -- I don't think I'm doing much of the things that might damage the elements, and they didn't show "carbuncles" or other signs of damage. I suspect the elements have been sagging becaue the channels in the firebrick were made a little too wide in places.
by Mark Kemp
Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:51 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Element Contamination
Replies: 3
Views: 2585

Element Contamination

A representative of the company that made my kiln said my elements might be sagging because of what I use in the kiln. He said he talked to the makers of Kanthal element wire and was told that some materials as they volatize in the heat of the kiln can sort of soak into the elements themselves, chan...
by Mark Kemp
Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:10 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Problem Slicing Pattern Bar
Replies: 6
Views: 6106

Can you cut a short way into the far side of the bar, then flip it and make the main cut? I haven't cut pattern bars, but I've used this method with wood and with single-thickness glass to prevent breakout.

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