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by Geri Comstock
Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:26 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Robert Genn on pricing
Replies: 44
Views: 28432

And the way that artists change people's perception of the value of something is by educating them.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 18, 2004 7:00 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Robert Genn on pricing
Replies: 44
Views: 28432

I've been pondering this all morning because the advice to price like-sized items the same makes no sense to me... Take it out of the realm of glass work and think about a woodworker. If s/he made a table out of pine that was the same size as a table made out of ebony, would they sell for the same p...
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 18, 2004 4:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Warm Glass dictionary?
Replies: 10
Views: 4897

In addition, cabochons are often referred to by jewelers as "cabs". Early on in the days of this board, we had some funny conversations about "cabs" (cabochons) versus "cabs" (cabernet wine).

I'd be happy to compile a list of and definitions for jeweler's terms.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Same Glass - and it cracked when fused
Replies: 10
Views: 4453

First of all, there's no need to flash vent unless you're in a hurry.

Secondly, when you put metal inclusions in glass, you're probably going to have to anneal the glass so that it doesn't crack.

Do you know annealing is?

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Same Glass - and it cracked when fused
Replies: 10
Views: 4453

What brand of glass was it that you used? Some glass isn't compatible with itself, believe it or not. As for being healed, if the edges of the crack are rounded and seem to be flowing together, it means the glass cracked on the way up to your top temp. If the edges are sharp, it means the glass crac...
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Steel Blue and SuperSpray
Replies: 4
Views: 2665

Re: Steel Blue and SuperSpray

I have a 15" round steel blue disk fired that matured into silver, which is what I wanted. I now have to put the design on top and fire that. I noticed some devit flakes in the silver and my question is if I use SuperSpray over this silver, will I lose any of the silver color? The silver does not f...
by Geri Comstock
Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:59 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cutting Spectrum Baroque - total frustration
Replies: 27
Views: 17291

Liam - It doesn't work when someone's watching you because the glass gods want each of us to keep our glass cutting rituals a secret.

Laughing -

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Mon Feb 16, 2004 5:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cutting Spectrum Baroque - total frustration
Replies: 27
Views: 17291

Which side of the glass are you cutting on? Certain glasses are simply a nightmare to cut. When I did stained glass, I worked alot with Yough and had a terrible time getting straight cuts on certain color combinations. I suspect it's because of the differences of hardness or some other factor betwee...
by Geri Comstock
Mon Feb 16, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Ceramic Mold
Replies: 6
Views: 3989

Probably. The problem with these molds is that you have to fire them very slowly and can't vent the kiln or you risk breakage of the mold. I had a bunch of these and many of them broke for both of the reasons above. I wouldn't fire any of these things faster than 250F per hour and I wouldn't vent th...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:41 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Monthly fee
Replies: 6
Views: 4778

I agree with Marty. A monthly fee is something I've not run into at a gallery before, unless it was a co-op. Perhaps they're trying to weed out the artists whose work isn't selling, but want to show it there anyway. A 40% commission is good in today's market. However, I'd pass on that monthly fee ar...
by Geri Comstock
Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fiber paper
Replies: 8
Views: 3798

It sounds to me like you're firing way too hot and that's why you're having these problems. Try taking it to 1475 and hold for 5 minutes. If that's not fused enough, you might try holding longer.

Good luck!

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Thu Feb 12, 2004 7:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How o you prevent shrinkage oF the base glass when fusing?
Replies: 3
Views: 2389

Are you grinding the edges before you fuse? If not, you may have areas where there's only 1 layer of glass and that will shrink up to its equilibrium thickness.

Are you firing too high? This will leave sharpies on the edges.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:06 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Adjustable height tables from Sam's Club
Replies: 7
Views: 5499

Thanks for the input! I ordered them yesterday.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:09 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Firing schedules
Replies: 2
Views: 2055

As Cynthia says, this will depend on your kiln and the glass you're using. I use BE and have a reasonably large custom-built kiln with top elements and no side elements. In my kiln, I can get a tack fuse at 1400 with a 5 minute hold. The edges are sometimes a bit sharper than I'd like, so I usually ...
by Geri Comstock
Sat Feb 07, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Current Price of Silver and gold
Replies: 10
Views: 7994

Thanks for the tip, Melissa.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:31 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Current Price of Silver and gold
Replies: 10
Views: 7994

Hey Melissa - I also have a "my yahoo" page with stock prices on it, but I couldn't figure out where gold and silver are listed to add them to the page. Can you tell me where they are in the setup page?

Thanks -

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 04, 2004 11:20 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Adjustable height tables from Sam's Club
Replies: 7
Views: 5499

Adjustable height tables from Sam's Club

Does anyone here use the adjustable height tables that you can get from Sam's Club? The closest store to me is in Texas apparently, so I can't go take a look at them in person. If you have any experience with them, I'd love to know tell if they're sturdy..like if a customer bumps into one of them, d...
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:55 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Current Price of Silver and gold
Replies: 10
Views: 7994

Thanks! I knew someone here would know the answer to this. LOL.

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:34 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Current Price of Silver and gold
Replies: 10
Views: 7994

Current Price of Silver and gold

Does anyone have a link to a site that provides today's silver and gold prices? I did a Google Search and didn't come up with anything.

Thanks -

Geri
by Geri Comstock
Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:20 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Another newbie failure
Replies: 1
Views: 1614

It's probably trapped air that formed bubbles that either popped or collapsed. Look in the archives for information on how to fire without trapping air.

Keywords to search for include "chads", "squeeze", "bubbles"

Good luck!

Geri

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