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by charlie
Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Fiber Kiln Prefiring
Replies: 11
Views: 5597

Re: New Fiber Kiln Prefiring

[quote="Deborah Harbison"]I am using thin shelf paper I purchased on a huge roll from Delphi a few years ago (I don't think it was any particular brand name) - does not do this in my brick kiln. I used it on the bottom of the kiln itself, I also used a fiber board with hardener on it and o...
by charlie
Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New Fiber Kiln Prefiring
Replies: 11
Views: 5597

Re: New Fiber Kiln Prefiring

you're picking up the pattern of whatever you're firing on, and tiny particles of that (if you're using wash, fiber, or some sort of paper). it's not devit. you can't get the bottom of a fused item to be as shiny as the top.
by charlie
Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Re-using 1/8" fiber paper
Replies: 8
Views: 4362

Re: Re-using 1/8" fiber paper

yes, but it's lost its stiffness. you could wet it with a sugar solution (7up), roll it out flat, and let it dry (or use a slab roller if you have access to a ceramic's shop).

i use wads of it as filler in bottle necks if i'm flattening a bunch for friends.
by charlie
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kiln wash
Replies: 10
Views: 6749

Re: kiln wash

if the coating is smooth, i just put on a couple layers of new wash. i only remove it if there's divots that i can't work around.
by charlie
Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:16 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Searching for a scale accurate to .1g
Replies: 10
Views: 7169

Re: Searching for a scale accurate to .1g

HF is hit or miss. the quality control from item to item, even identical shipments, is off. look through some of the bins of items, and you can pick out the lemons of the group. it wouldn't surprise me that 2 scales wouldn't have near the same accuracy. they do have a good return policy though, so i...
by charlie
Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Compressor recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 18407

Re: Compressor recommendations?

[quote="Jerrwel"]There are some questions this thread raises for me: [list][/list]Why is 220V not a readily available alternative here? For all the money that's being spent on equipment, is an electrical upgrade to 220V in order to maximize the investment possible? I upgraded my primary se...
by charlie
Fri May 30, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: S/Steel tube ,patten bar
Replies: 9
Views: 7876

Re: S/Steel tube ,patten bar

you can heat it afap. it isn't solid yet, and even if it does crack, do you care? it's going to move inside the tube when it gets soft anyway. since it's packed so well, you will have to hold at the top temp a long time to ensure that the heat reaches the middle. treat it like a 45mm thick casting f...
by charlie
Fri May 30, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Compressor recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 18407

Re: Compressor recommendations?

15amps means you need a 20 amp circuit. 5.5 cfm isn't very much, and whilst it can be used, you're going to have to wait as it recharges. speedair has a very good reputation from long ago, but i don't know what it is in recent times.
by charlie
Mon May 26, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: coldworking mirror--like regular glass?
Replies: 15
Views: 8213

Re: coldworking mirror--like regular glass?

no, except the silvering or paint may chip on the edges. use a very fine grit head on your grinder and belts.
by charlie
Wed May 14, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glass Painting & Firing Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 24993

Re: Glass Painting & Firing Questions

[quote="Sashaziv"]Hi there, thanks Don & Bert for the helpful responses, appreciate it! Don, re the cleaning, the acetone seemed to leave a kind of residue, so I gave up on that quick! The ethyl alcohol cleaned better, with less residue, but afterwards there was a fair amount of resist...
by charlie
Wed May 07, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Jewelry Making
Topic: ramping schedule
Replies: 6
Views: 8823

Re: ramping schedule

with an infinite switch, you can't really tell what the temp is. you can get a thermocouple with a readout so that you can tell, and adjust the switch to change the temps. you'll have to do some anticipating, because when you change the switch, the temp rate won't be affected for some time, so is ex...
by charlie
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: photos showing up in IE and FIrefox but not Chrome
Replies: 1
Views: 3124

Re: photos showing up in IE and FIrefox but not Chrome

put up the announcement on your site on a page, and provide a link to that page in the email.
by charlie
Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Building a studio?
Replies: 9
Views: 5933

Re: Building a studio?

[quote="Morganica"] Besides, at some point I'm supposed to get new knees, I've been told no stairs for at least two months post-surgery, something disastrous in my stairs-all-over-the-place house. I'd planned to rent an apartment for a couple of months, but if I could use the studio as a m...
by charlie
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pot melt problem
Replies: 5
Views: 3883

Re: Pot melt problem

not hot enough for long enough.
by charlie
Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Ideas for Easter Egg Fun
Replies: 7
Views: 5300

Re: Ideas for Easter Egg Fun

someone should do the same thing with pumpkins.
by charlie
Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Clear frit
Replies: 4
Views: 3784

Re: Clear frit

different glasses. water clear is more transparent than clear.
by charlie
Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Seam with white residue
Replies: 9
Views: 5809

Re: Seam with white residue

[quote="KaCe"]I know of number of people have recommended it. I did say Borax, but meant BonAmi. Sorry. But I believe them to be about the same. I was trying to stay away from the commercial spray cleaners and didn't have any BE cleaner. I wonder if there is some sort of a build up abrasiv...
by charlie
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: paints face down on shelf
Replies: 10
Views: 7554

Re: paints face down on shelf

when i've fired bottles with glass paint on the bottom surface, it's pulled up big chunks of wash, and i have to scrape it off. it does leave a residue that i can't get off.
by charlie
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:15 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: kit to make wet lap sander
Replies: 19
Views: 10231

Re: kit to make wet lap sander

i built both ron's 24" flat lap and his blasting cabinet. i have the plans and parts list if anyone's interested.
by charlie
Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Can I replace my plug?
Replies: 13
Views: 8710

Re: Can I replace my plug?

what does it look like, and what is the amperage of each kiln? there are standards for plugs, each can carry a certain amperage and are designed so you can't plug something into a line where it shouldn't be plugged into. if your existing kiln takes a higher amperage than the new one and the line is ...

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