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by charlie
Wed May 20, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Removing unwanted GE Silicone II
Replies: 6
Views: 7163

Re: Removing unwanted GE Silicone II

razor blade.

there's also a chemical that can dissolve it. i believe home depot carries it.
by charlie
Sat May 16, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Anyone know where to buy this?
Replies: 6
Views: 5856

Re: Anyone know where to buy this?

find a local welder. they're probably pretty easy to make.
by charlie
Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cold combing
Replies: 2
Views: 2676

Re: Cold combing

if you get over 212F, you'll get steam and possibly movement. you might test out 160-180 and see how long it would take to dry. you can hold a mirror at one of the peepholes and see if you get any condensation. if not, it's probably dry.
by charlie
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: graphite
Replies: 4
Views: 5727

Re: graphite

you buy them. it depends upon how big you need. marble or bead makers use them. you can probably get them off ebay cheaply.
by charlie
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cutting circle from mullite kiln shelf
Replies: 12
Views: 10016

Re: Cutting circle from mullite kiln shelf

i would take a diamond blade in a 4" side angle grinder, and carefully lower the blade into the discarded piece near where the edges of the hole will be. make many cuts, and use the edge of it to round off and smooth (and probably bevel) the hole sides. make shallow cuts, deepening them with mu...
by charlie
Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Designing a new studio
Replies: 38
Views: 34392

Re: Designing a new studio

[quote="Mark Hall"]Don't forget good ventilation, especially working with powders. I prefer a whole house fan mounted at the end of the bench, blowing out. Somewhere you can brush off your work that's filled with stuck fiber paper & such. A portable fan can be positioned to create hori...
by charlie
Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: GE Silicone II
Replies: 11
Views: 11670

Re: GE Silicone II

i like the ace hardware crystal clear silicone over ge. it cures a lot clearer. ge seems to get milky as it cures. it is a bit more than ge though. i never seem to finish a large tube, so the smaller ones, although more expensive per oz, is actually cheaper because i don't have to throw away as much...
by charlie
Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:28 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: source for float glass
Replies: 6
Views: 5552

Re: source for float glass

yard sales. think chipped dining room or living room tabletops. i've gotten pieces up to 1.5" thick for a few dollars.
by charlie
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: 2mm Clear 96
Replies: 5
Views: 3560

Re: 2mm Clear 96

the hotter you go, the more it will shrink because it's trying to get to 6mm overall. you might get dogboning or something similar.
by charlie
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hang your Glass glue
Replies: 16
Views: 15972

Re: Hang your Glass glue

i made a couple of stacks of float glass, glued with UV water thin glue i got at home depot as feet for a sheet of glass over an LED lightbulb. the glue was water clear and disappeared. about 7 years now. i also made some stacks of float glass to glue on sheets of glass I use on top of my salt water...
by charlie
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:58 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Removing Plaster from Mold
Replies: 16
Views: 16386

Re: Removing Plaster from Mold

take it to the car wash and use their washer. it's not as powerful as a purchased power washer, because no one likes removing the paint from their car.
by charlie
Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:12 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4646

Re: Sandblasting Question

it's fusing. you can't get all sides to be shiny. whatever is against a mold will always be matte to some degree. a blasted surface will be even more matte than a non-blasted surface, if it's against a shelf.
by charlie
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fire Polish 2.0 / Matte Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 3364

Re: Fire Polish 2.0 / Matte Finish

i do a matte at 1225 for 7 minutes. leave it in the mold, or you risk it unslumping.
by charlie
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: French Cleats or Hanging glass panels
Replies: 4
Views: 4590

Re: French Cleats or Hanging glass panels

anyone with a table saw can make french cleats. try a home handyman, or a shop that makes kitchen cabinets. it's basically a piece of wood or plexiglass, maybe around 10cmx20cmx8mm, cut in half the long way on a 45 degree angle. screw one side to the wall, glue the other side (i use silicone) to the...
by charlie
Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fire Polishing
Replies: 4
Views: 3304

Re: Fire Polishing

i'm not sure 5 min at 1275 will firepolish. it won't in my kiln. i'd get a light matte surface.

you should look in at 1275, and see if it's shiny enough for you. if not, just increase the time.
by charlie
Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Slumping disaster - HELP!
Replies: 4
Views: 4484

Re: Slumping disaster - HELP!

as the heat has undoubtably caused the glass to stretch, when you flatten it, it won't be round or even again, but distorted.

you can either start over, or use a large flat lap to grind down the edge to make it even. you'd have to do this to all the bowls to make them match.
by charlie
Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Making a mold of a bowl
Replies: 18
Views: 14966

Re: Making a mold of a bowl

[quote="The Hobbyist"]I would make a plaster cast of the center medallion. Then roll out a flat circle of clay. Press the medallion into the center and hand carve the petals and scallop the edges. Check for any under cuts that need easing and then bisque the clay when it's dry. This will y...
by charlie
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE ball mold?
Replies: 18
Views: 12527

Re: BE ball mold?

[quote="Vonon"]Charlie, Are the stands from Picazzo's for tableware - like for holding pizza or bread basket?[/quote] they are pizza stands for the table. they must get then from some supplier, because all the stores in the chain have the same ones, but no mgr that i've asked has been able...
by charlie
Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE ball mold?
Replies: 18
Views: 12527

Re: BE ball mold?

[quote="Babette (Shawn)"]I made a coiled steel stand for those totally round bottoms. Expensive and a bit excentric...[/quote] the stands at a place called Picazzo's (here in AZ) are perfect for this. i've bought stands from them for not very much. they look almost like this, except they'r...
by charlie
Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Using spectrum cullet for pate de verre
Replies: 21
Views: 16227

Re: Using spectrum cullet for pate de verre

and put the magnet in a plastic bag first.

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