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by Brad Walker
Wed May 14, 2003 12:51 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: help with Jen-Ken kiln
Replies: 10
Views: 3757

The window is great for the first few years, but eventually goes cloudy and becomes useless. Mine took about five years to go from "best thing since sliced bread" to "just crumbs".

I suspect how long the window lasts depends on how much glue and other organic materials you fire.
by Brad Walker
Tue May 13, 2003 10:38 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: glass breaking in kiln--help??
Replies: 3
Views: 2139

What's your firing schedule? What do the breaks look like (smooth, sharp, curved or straight, how many pieces)?
by Brad Walker
Thu May 08, 2003 8:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Waste Glass/what to do with it?
Replies: 24
Views: 10387

Coefficient of expansion is a major consideration for furnace glass workers, too. Most people start with a batch of a known COE and add other chemicals to achieve a final product that works at the desired COE. Mixing unknown scraps together is less common than you would think, and doing it to achiev...
by Brad Walker
Thu May 08, 2003 11:03 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: conflicting info--help!
Replies: 7
Views: 3452

What kind of fiber paper? Assuming we're not talking about thinfire (which never needs to be pre-fired), but are talking about standard fiber paper formulations, then here are the guidelines I would use. If I'm using a small amount, like for a hole in a bead or to line a dam, then I would not prefir...
by Brad Walker
Thu May 08, 2003 9:42 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: table top draping Q
Replies: 3
Views: 1997

Re: table top draping Q

hi all, i am designing some small table tops. i want to do a drape type thing with the edge. say an inch and a half or so drape all the way around. so what do you think would be a good material to make my mold with? mild steel? rigidised fiber? plaster? anybody got a learning curve to share? thanks...
by Brad Walker
Wed May 07, 2003 5:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: More about teachers
Replies: 18
Views: 7726

The idea that we need better teachers isn't a new one -- Lundstrom's first book (which Bullseye wrote) has an appendix on teaching a basic fusing course. And there are lots of other books with projects and tutorials geared toward the beginner. But the problem is a tough one to solve. Consider Brock'...
by Brad Walker
Wed May 07, 2003 1:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New and boy do I ever need help! PLEASE!!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 8722

Brad et al........how do you use your cheapie free glasses as a polaring lense. My understanding is that you put the fused glass in question on the polarizing lense and shine a light thru the lens and then the glass. Right? So do you put on the glasses, lay your glass on the glasses, where is the l...
by Brad Walker
Wed May 07, 2003 1:04 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Copyright violation - illegal and unethical
Replies: 31
Views: 17151

The piece I had in the WG@BEII exhibit, "Tangerine", was published in Glass Craftsman in conjunction with an article about the exhibit and the conference. I was never asked permission to publish that image and it was a complete suprise to me that it was. I was wondering if perhaps I had signed a wa...
by Brad Walker
Wed May 07, 2003 12:43 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New and boy do I ever need help! PLEASE!!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 8722

Dunno how many people actually test with polarizing lenses. I’d be curious to know. It’s simple, it’s cheap; if the project is important, why not? I do. I test when I use non tested compatible stained glass, float, and sometimes Uro with BE. Although I have a few larger sheets of polarized fi...
by Brad Walker
Wed May 07, 2003 12:37 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: G.A.S. Protest Vote
Replies: 28
Views: 10573

Thanks to Pete and Lani for saying things better than I could. I'm especially thankful for Pete's efforts in the area of trying to expand the kiln-forming presence within GAS. It will take time, but at least it's moving in the right direction.
by Brad Walker
Tue May 06, 2003 1:48 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Warm Glass Conference 2003
Replies: 25
Views: 10361

Re: Different from BE conference?

Just checking my own sanity. This is different than the Oct. BE conference, right? Details on that? Bullseye is having a conference called BECon in Portland in early August. This conference, which is the first of its type, is for educator. You must apply to participate. More details at this website...
by Brad Walker
Mon May 05, 2003 12:24 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: easy mailing labels ?
Replies: 12
Views: 6780

Use the Mail Merge Wizard that's part of Microsoft Word. It allows you to put address information in an Excel spreadsheet and then print them out from Word on regular labels that any office supply store will have (Avery is the major brand available). You can find the Mail Merge Wizard under the Tool...
by Brad Walker
Sun May 04, 2003 9:38 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: G.A.S. Protest Vote
Replies: 28
Views: 10573

How are nominees chosen? Is there a nominating committee that solicits interested parties far enough in advance for warmglass to have made a selection? Can we have more info so we can think up a good action plan.... for this year as well as future years? :idea: Yes, there is a nominating committee ...
by Brad Walker
Fri May 02, 2003 9:16 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Pot melts & hole size
Replies: 14
Views: 9925

Dani wrote:And who dreamt up this technique anyway??


I think it was probably the ancient Mesopotamians, around 1500 BC. But don't worry, I'm sure there's someone alive who will claim to have invented it.
by Brad Walker
Fri May 02, 2003 1:03 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Bracelet mold & gravity?
Replies: 6
Views: 3129

Complete instructions for using the mold here: http://www.edhoy.com/braceletmaking.pdf
by Brad Walker
Thu May 01, 2003 11:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Bubbles from my shelf?
Replies: 15
Views: 5558

Sandpiper wrote:Next question who is the best supplier for the BE shelf and shelf wash. Any suggestions?


Try Bullseye. http://www.bullseyeconnection.com/stockup.html
by Brad Walker
Thu May 01, 2003 8:35 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How Hot?
Replies: 1
Views: 1759

Small molds take longer to slump than large ones. In general, you should keep the slumping temperature below 1300F (some people never go above 1200, but for small items 1275 is fine). You want to vary the TIME you spend soaking at the temperature. It's not unusual to have to soak 1/2 hour or longer ...
by Brad Walker
Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: hextal glue
Replies: 10
Views: 4977

I think Pete VanderLaan sells it, but not sure. He's the moderator over at craft web. Amy Pete handles (or at least used to handle, I know his wife still uses it) a competitive product, which I believe is less expensive and said to be comparable to Hxtal: http://www.guadalupeglass.com/Guadalupe%20G...
by Brad Walker
Wed Apr 30, 2003 5:22 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Another Photo
Replies: 17
Views: 11053

Brad, generally I would agree with you. There's something different about this occurance. I purged every cache file on my PC trying to make it work. Purged everthing, history as well. Oh well. Back to the techy day job. Well, hmmm.. That sound you hear is me scratching my head. Don't have the sligh...
by Brad Walker
Wed Apr 30, 2003 4:19 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Another Photo
Replies: 17
Views: 11053

Brad - anybody. Please try that link again and let me know. It works for me. The reason it would work for you and not for others is that the photo is already cached on your PC from when you originally looked at the site. Since we haven't seen it, it's not cached on our PC, but when we try to view i...

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