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by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 25, 2004 10:15 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Recycling Silver Scrap
Replies: 22
Views: 18202

Recycling Silver Scrap

FYI for those of you who work in metal and don't know about this... I've found that many folks who are new to metals work don't know this so I'm passing this tip along. For those of you who use sterling or fine silver in your work, I hope you save up your scrap and "recycle" it with a metals refiner...
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 25, 2004 4:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: grinder and other equipement you can't live without
Replies: 12
Views: 6330

Heh. It's like a dremel but it has a long tube-like thing, called a flexible shaft that separates the motor for the handpiece. I find it much easier to work with than a regular dremel tool without the flex shaft attachment.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 25, 2004 1:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dictionary
Replies: 29
Views: 18294

Hmmm...I'm trying to think of the terms you've mentioned, but can't think of any at the moment. Here's some more i can think of off the top of my head that many people don't seem to know: torque - a solid piece of metal, worn around the neck. Sometimes it's worn alone, sometimes it's used to suspend...
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 9:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Spectrum Green Devit
Replies: 5
Views: 2842

Etching cream may work just fine. I used to do that to remove devit.

More recently, I've had success at "covering up" devit after the fact by applying SuperSpray overglaze, but not everyone has reported the same good results I've had.

Good luck!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 9:22 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Adjustable height tables from Sam's Club
Replies: 7
Views: 5504

I got the tables earlier this week and they are great! At their highest setting they're 36" which for me is just right for jewelry.

Thanks for the input!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: grinder and other equipement you can't live without
Replies: 12
Views: 6330

Sheesh! I just thought of another tool I couldn't live without. That's my flex shaft tool. I use it for lots of different things...drilling small holes in glass, grinding out bits of crud that get stuck to the surface of glass. It can also be used to buff small pieces of metal. You may also want to ...
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: nichrome wire in uk
Replies: 4
Views: 3101

Here in ths US, this is sometimes also called "high temperature" wire. Maybe that term will help them figure out what you're looking for.

Good luck!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: grinder and other equipement you can't live without
Replies: 12
Views: 6330

Oh yeah! I forgot! Late last year, on a visit out here to the left coast, Bert graciously gave me a personal lesson in the use of an air brush and air compressor for applying micas and enamels. I use both of those tools alot now. So much of the tolls you need will depend on the kind of work you want...
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: grinder and other equipement you can't live without
Replies: 12
Views: 6330

I've had disk grinders from a number of manufacturers since I started doing glass and I have to highly recommend the GlasStar disc grinder. It's spendy, but worth it. I have 2 of them, as a matter of fact. One I bought in about 1989 or 1990. I had to have the motor replaced after about 7 or 8 years,...
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 24, 2004 4:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Dictionary
Replies: 29
Views: 18294

How soon the enthusiasm faded! I have not seen any comments/contributions. Please do something. Does Geri have stuff about jevelry terms? What kind of meanings does Flashing have? -lauri Do you have some specific jewelry terms that you'd like defined? Here's a few: Bead - A stone, piece of glass, e...
by Geri Comstock
Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stringer Storage
Replies: 16
Views: 9803

Steve -

Maybe a local plastics store might have something you could use. Here in CA we have Tapp Plastics and they have all kinds of strange plastic stuff that anyone could possibly want. I don't know if this is a national chain, though.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Gold??
Replies: 22
Views: 13807

Actually, Bert, common sense doesn't work. I've seen a number of ceramic pieces decorated with gold lustre that are labeled as being for decorative use only. Perhaps it's the glaze. Maybe it's the lustre. Who knows? Geri I'm still sticking to my common sense. Perhaps there were factors other than t...
by Geri Comstock
Mon Feb 23, 2004 2:14 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Gold??
Replies: 22
Views: 13807

Actually, Bert, common sense doesn't work. I've seen a number of ceramic pieces decorated with gold lustre that are labeled as being for decorative use only. Perhaps it's the glaze. Maybe it's the lustre. Who knows?

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Sun Feb 22, 2004 10:55 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Gold??
Replies: 22
Views: 13807

Tom - Thanks for checking this out. Did you find any info on Hanovia lustres?

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Sun Feb 22, 2004 8:48 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Gold??
Replies: 22
Views: 13807

I don't know anything about the brands of lustres that you sell...never seen them, never tried them. However, I was informed by a potter friend of mine some years ago that gold lustre (I suspect she was referring to Hanovia and Duncan brands because those are two that are often used by potters) is n...
by Geri Comstock
Sun Feb 22, 2004 2:33 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Gold??
Replies: 22
Views: 13807

The golds luster used for ceramics are not food safe, so if your piece is
to be used for food, I wouldn't use them.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:45 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE Thin Fire newbie question
Replies: 5
Views: 3394

Re: BE Thin Fire newbie question

I have been experimenting non-stop and having a ball!! :D Now, I want to try Thin Fire since I read that it helps to reduce bubbles. (blocks moisture rising up from kiln washed shelf?) I understand that fiber paper needs to be fired before use, but wonder if that holds true for Thin Fire since it i...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Exploring the Drop Ring
Replies: 2
Views: 2151

Re: Exploring the Drop Ring

Brad: Just wanted to say great article you wrote for the batch insert in Glass Craftsman. For those of you who have been asking drop ring/mold questions the last week - you should really get this article. Geri: Do you have the drop ring shown on your site? Would love to see it in color Kim Kim - I ...
by Geri Comstock
Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:35 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: business insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 2934

Thanks for the info...my business insurance is up for renewal next month. I'll check them out.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:33 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: A new computer virus out there
Replies: 27
Views: 12905

I just heard on the radio that there's a new virus out there called "Net Sky" that looks for systems already infected with the last virus (My Doom) that I posted about. It will cause even more havoc on a system than My Doom did. If you haven't already checked your PC for My Doom, now would be a good...

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