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by Dani
Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:44 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Question On Firing Reusche Enamels & Stains
Replies: 40
Views: 20354

Sorry for this 3rd question post - please reply to the above 2 as well if any would be so kind. Can I just sprinkle the kiln wash thickly over my Duraboard (instead of using the shelf paper)? I use a kiln shelf and Bullseye kilnwash for a smooth firing surface. As mentioned earlier, I sprinkle the ...
by Dani
Mon Apr 05, 2004 2:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Warm Glass Weekend Update
Replies: 49
Views: 28856

Brad- how about "Show and Tell" at WG3? I volunteer to moderate. 3 minutes max. per participant? We'll need a microphone, a laser pointer, a timer, and lots of beer. This will NOT be a critique session. (How about offering that as a sign-up? And I'm definitely not volunteering for that! There must ...
by Dani
Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Question On Firing Reusche Enamels & Stains
Replies: 40
Views: 20354

Kristina, optimum firing temp for the blacks and bistres is 1333 degrees so you may be firing a tad low and not curing out all the way. Try a little hotter. :idea: Dani, When I fire 1250 & up the whiting starts to fuse into the back of my glass, looking like grit. I also have the Duraboard, & it pu...
by Dani
Sun Apr 04, 2004 5:10 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Question On Firing Reusche Enamels & Stains
Replies: 40
Views: 20354

The Stained Glass Association of America will be having it's summer 2005 conference in Denver. The focus will be on all types of glass painting. contact http://www.stainedglass.org for info The only info on the site is for the Boston conference... also, could you tell someone that they spelled "Ass...
by Dani
Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:10 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Question On Firing Reusche Enamels & Stains
Replies: 40
Views: 20354

Kristina, optimum firing temp for the blacks and bistres is 1333 degrees so you may be firing a tad low and not curing out all the way. Try a little hotter. If I want to cool faster, I pull a few of the plugs on the big kiln. The little Duncan cools down in a few hours anyway, but I don't usually pr...
by Dani
Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:26 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Question On Firing Reusche Enamels & Stains
Replies: 40
Views: 20354

Re: Question On Firing Reusche Enamels & Stains

Would you (any of you) please discuss the points of firing the Reusche paints after traditional matting & tracing? I have listed some questions below if you would be so kind as to address them. I have a new oval Evenheat kiln & have not checked it's actual temps against cones. At 1250 whiting begin...
by Dani
Sat Apr 03, 2004 6:11 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Bullseye catalog
Replies: 20
Views: 16703

Yes, thanks to everyone... didn't mean to exclude anyone in the kudos. This catalog is one of those publications that's more resource than sales vehicle by intent... and then, of course, sells product like crazy because the customer feels so well-treated. What a concept! BE always makes me feel pamp...
by Dani
Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:21 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Bullseye catalog
Replies: 20
Views: 16703

Just got my catalog today and it's a beauty..... tell Lani it's better than ever. And is it my imagination or are there all kinds of new toys this time around? I only wish there were as many glass videos as there are jewelry videos available in my other fave catolog from Rio Grande.... but, that's n...
by Dani
Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:08 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

Keep repeating.... with endless patience. 'Tis the hallmark of a good teacher. Patience is good, but it won't necessarily get your point across. If a teacher gives a demo, or a lecture, or merely tosses some pearls, and the whole class, but one, gets it, you know where you have to put some extra ef...
by Dani
Thu Apr 01, 2004 3:12 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

I think I'm repeating myself here. "Opaque" enamels are a mixture of clear glass (flux) and colored metalic oxides. This yields a thin layer of rich color, which is why they are compatible with such a wide array of glasses. They look great in reflected light but not so great in transmitted light. B...
by Dani
Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:50 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

Transparency has always been the key issue with glass paints.... there aren't many and most of the paints that fire hotter are just china paints which tend toward the opaque. Transparency is essential when painting a piece that will be viewed with transmitted light like a stained glass window. If th...
by Dani
Thu Apr 01, 2004 3:09 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

I suspect that's why the Reusche black is firing out dull in spots.... I think maybe they messed with the formula and it has less lead than it used to. Or just some quirk in that particular lot. The Johnson Mattheys I have are lead and no-lead both and someday I'll get around to testing those again....
by Dani
Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:07 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

These are with Sunshines which are the ones being discontinued? Any similar results with the lead-free replacements? Nice look, but I'm not going to buy a sample set for $200, fall in love, and then be heartbroken when I run out of paints. No what I mean? :wink:
by Dani
Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stained Glass Painting INfo
Replies: 28
Views: 18384

Re: PAINT MIXING & STORAGE

[quote="Kristina"]I was just reading in the Old Archives & have a few questions,naturally! 1. Do enamels or stains get brittle or unusable over time, if mixed with water & Gum Arabic & then stored in glass jars for future use? I just leave mine on each palette.... "pile" the paint to the c...
by Dani
Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln Wash can I or can't I ? Do I really have to ??
Replies: 31
Views: 15257

I agree with Ron and Brock. Scrape the kiln wash off with a single edged razor in one of those little holders. Brush off any remaining dust. Recoat (I use 4 layers) and let air dry. If I'm in a hurry I put it in the kiln to 500 degrees and let it cool off quickly in the kiln. I always recoat if I'm...
by Dani
Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:00 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stained Glass Painting INfo
Replies: 28
Views: 18384

And speaking of making up techniques, I use food grade glycerin with tracing black Reusche to make my "India ink" to use with crowquill pen. I like it because it doesn't stink and never dries. I just cover it and then reconstitute with some water if it gets a little thick.... in a few weeks usually....
by Dani
Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stained Glass Painting INfo
Replies: 28
Views: 18384

The muller is used to grind the paint, however, that's not necessary with the Reusches as they are already ground very finely. The best technique when first starting to paint is to do all your tracery first, fire, then matting with the high-fire paints. Also, if you plan to use silverstain, you shou...
by Dani
Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:17 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

[quote="Brock] Wrong board Don, I think you're looking for a Green Monster. And again, any list of traditional stained glass painters/masters that does not include Reyntiens, is, in my opinion, incomplete. Brock Oh yeah. Sorry. Benoit Gilsoul rocks. so do Margaret Agnes Rope, and my main man Harry ...
by Dani
Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:54 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Share Painting Photos?
Replies: 51
Views: 27507

See: http://www.jkennethleap.com I find this work very irritating. I'm not sure exactly why. It is competent, but there us something about the design and execution that does not "rise above the medium" Stained glass is to me the most difficult medium to design well. Most designers fail to move me w...
by Dani
Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:12 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stained Glass Painting INfo
Replies: 28
Views: 18384

I mentioned this maybe on another thread? Go to the link above at Whitehouse Books and poke around their website.... they have the best collection of new and used glass books to be found and Julia will be happy to help you with any question you have. If you can get a copy of Stained Glass by Lawrenc...

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