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by Geri Comstock
Sat Apr 19, 2003 10:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Soldering Jump Rings
Replies: 14
Views: 7835

Judy - Until I read the last post, I missed the part about the jump rings being silver PLATED. I thought they were solid sterling. If you decide to rouge buff them, be super-careful or you could buff the plating away. Is there a reason you're not using sterling jump rings? They really aren't that ex...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Apr 19, 2003 9:45 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Soldering Jump Rings
Replies: 14
Views: 7835

Good question, Judy! I forget that not everyone is part jeweler on this board sometimes. LOL. You can buy them from a jewelry supply place. They're in the current Rio Tools catalog on p. 398-399. I'd try both the white and yellow buffs...not sure which will do better for you for that application. Yo...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Apr 19, 2003 9:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Soldering Jump Rings
Replies: 14
Views: 7835

Yep! If you have a Dremel or Flexshaft, use a tiny muslin buff with a little bit of rouge on it to touch them up. The solder joint is probably going to show, though. Silver jump rings are meant to be silver-soldered with a torch and silver solder. Silver-soldering those puppies without breaking the ...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Apr 19, 2003 2:56 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Shipping and Insurance Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 13824

On another board (Crafts Report, NAIA, John Iverson's or PACA), I noticed several people recommended the services of a shipping company called "Art in Motion", I believe it was called, to ship work to shows. They specialize in shipping art. I've never used them, don't know anyone personally who's us...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Apr 19, 2003 2:49 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: What do you know about applying for public art projects?
Replies: 6
Views: 5157

Somehow I got on the list for mailings to artists for public art projects for the City of San Jose, where I live. Every few months or so, I get a mailing from them with a call for a proposals. I didn't apply to be on this list and I don't know how I got on it, except that once I met a city councilma...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Apr 19, 2003 2:41 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Has anyone ever dumped their stained glass inventory?
Replies: 9
Views: 8660

I couldn't bear to throw away some of my gorgeous stained glass scrap (lots of Yough), so I gave it to someone else on the show circuit who makes those concrete and glass pavers. They were happy to have it and I was happy to see that it would be used.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Thu Apr 17, 2003 2:50 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Technique Ownership - A Question of Ethics
Replies: 183
Views: 97653

An Observation

Although I don't know everyone who has responded to this thread so far, I have noticed something interesting about those I do know... I'm making some broad generalizations here...but here goes... Generally, it seems that the trend so far is that folks who have a "day job" and don't make their entire...
by Geri Comstock
Thu Apr 17, 2003 12:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: white outline
Replies: 7
Views: 3689

Another thing that could be causing the white edges is not thoroughly washing the glass before you fire it. When you tile saw cut or grind pieces, bits of glass may be left on the edge that will turn white when you fire them.

Wash, wash, wash and dry your work before firing.

Good luck!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Thu Apr 17, 2003 1:05 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Technique Ownership - A Question of Ethics
Replies: 183
Views: 97653

Good question, Tony. I think if you learn something in a class, it's fair game for you to use in your own work in your own way. It doesn't make sense to me that anyone would teach you to do something and then not allow you to you it in your own work. LOL. I'm unclear about the teaching aspect of thi...
by Geri Comstock
Tue Apr 15, 2003 2:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Making Itty Bitty Drop Molds?
Replies: 18
Views: 10439

Hey, Carla!

Carla! Good to see you here! Thinking about your question....when I was a kid, my mom had these "mini-muffin" tins that had openings that were really small...don't know how small, though. Anyway, if you could find one of those in stainless at a restaurant supply place, maybe you could use one of tho...
by Geri Comstock
Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: bubble problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4780

Squeeze technique

To minimize the bubbles in your glass, you need to use the squeeze technique...I believe it's called that because glass blowers started doing something they call "squeezing" glass to remove the bubbles. I think Gil Reynolds coined this term in an article he wrote for Spectrum about the process. Anyw...
by Geri Comstock
Fri Apr 11, 2003 11:53 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What temp can you take your fused glass out of kiln?
Replies: 16
Views: 15478

[ Hi Geri, That was actually what I was questioning. I didn't think glass could retain stress unless it was introduced at annealing. Maybe the delay in breaking, in your case, was that it was still cooling hours later. Was it thick? Or am I wrong about the residual stress thing? Els Both of the pie...
by Geri Comstock
Fri Apr 11, 2003 1:00 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What temp can you take your fused glass out of kiln?
Replies: 16
Views: 15478

[quote=" Once when I first started fusing I took a piece out when it was too hot. That night about 3AM, it exploded into hudreds of little pieces. Scared the crap out of me, waking me from a sound sleep. LOL. quote] I didn't think you could get delayed breaking like that from cooling too fast. I th...
by Geri Comstock
Fri Apr 11, 2003 12:38 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tumbling Kiln wash from cabs
Replies: 8
Views: 4738

I agree with Linda. If you soak cabs for about 15 minutes in Limeaway, the stuck kiln wash usually will fall right off. I slosh cabs around several times during the soak to aid in this process. No scrubbing is required most of the time. Good luck! Geri geri, is limeaway something available at my lo...
by Geri Comstock
Thu Apr 10, 2003 7:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tumbling Kiln wash from cabs
Replies: 8
Views: 4738

I agree with Linda. If you soak cabs for about 15 minutes in Limeaway, the stuck kiln wash usually will fall right off. I slosh cabs around several times during the soak to aid in this process. No scrubbing is required most of the time.

Good luck!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Thu Apr 10, 2003 7:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What temp can you take your fused glass out of kiln?
Replies: 16
Views: 15478

The best idea is to let it cool to room temp before removing it. In a pinch, I've wrapped it in several layers of heavy duty towels at about 115 and it was fine. Once when I first started fusing I took a piece out when it was too hot. That night about 3AM, it exploded into hudreds of little pieces. ...
by Geri Comstock
Wed Apr 02, 2003 3:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BEWARE of where you purchase a kiln
Replies: 11
Views: 6742

Hi Camero - You've gotten some good information so far about the wait time on kilns... I hope this story about my last kiln purchasing experience makes you feel better about your wait. Some years ago I ordered a large custom kiln. The owner of the shop that was building it for me promised to have it...
by Geri Comstock
Sun Mar 30, 2003 2:51 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: glass table tops and safety concerns...
Replies: 20
Views: 20673

This is a good question. Recently in my metals class, a woman approached me about a glass table top her son had. It was a float glass table top on a metal base. He put a hot pan directly on it one night. He heard that noise of glass starting to stress and break that we all know so well, but because ...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Mar 22, 2003 3:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: repair for formed lamps
Replies: 3
Views: 3749

The best way is to make your own form to exactly fit the opening...there are many methods of doing this...fiberpaper and rigidizer, various plater-like mold materials, having one made from stainless. See the archives for more information in mold-making and mold materials.

Good luck!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Sun Mar 16, 2003 1:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: My hands are killing me.....
Replies: 22
Views: 17347

You might want to try putting a product called "Bag Balm" on your hands after doing glass work. It was invented for dry cow udders, but people found it worked well on their hands as well. It is available in Drug Stores, I believe. The product that I use on my hands currently to deal with dryness is ...

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