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by Brad Walker
Wed Apr 30, 2003 12:29 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Another Photo
Replies: 17
Views: 11053

I noticed that with this link, Jerry, they actually come up with a page that says "image referrals not allowed." That's a lot more considerate than places like Yahoo, which just refuse to work properly.

My favorite kind of hound is the blob hound. :lol:
by Brad Walker
Tue Apr 29, 2003 11:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Element Contamination
Replies: 3
Views: 2056

I would agree with Ron. That said, there are a number of contaminants that can impact elements. Most of these are more likely to happen in ceramic kilns than in glass kilns, and most result in degradation of the elements, not in causing the element to sag. Here's a url that has some info about eleme...
by Brad Walker
Tue Apr 29, 2003 4:20 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What happens in a full fuse in a slumping mould?
Replies: 19
Views: 9616

Despite what you've been told, I would refuse flat rather than try to reslump in the original mold. Assuming a bowl-shaped mold, if you refire to 1400, the glass will slip down the sides and you will probably get some buckling and such in the bottom. The shape will definitely change. Refiring to fla...
by Brad Walker
Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:25 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Fuse compatible glass when casting?
Replies: 1
Views: 2466

Virtually all sheets are compatible with themselves, so if you're using only sheet, you shouldn't have to worry about compatibility.
by Brad Walker
Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: WG@BEIII ??? Any information yet ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2605

We are having it. It will be in November at Bullseye's new Resource Center facility. The exact dates aren't set yet, but I would expect entries to be due in late August/early September. It's not too early to start your work for the exhibition. Last year's information is here (but this year's will ha...
by Brad Walker
Tue Apr 29, 2003 11:11 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: 110-J paper for kiln shelves - any good or bad remarks?
Replies: 5
Views: 2892

IMNSHO, nothing beats a well prepared kiln shelf. Brock I don't know, if you use nothing doesn't the glass stick to the shelf? :badgrin: Seriously, I would agree that a well-prepared kiln-washed kiln shelf may give you the smoothest bottom surface, provided that your firing schedule is slow and low...
by Brad Walker
Mon Apr 28, 2003 4:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: coloring tempered glass
Replies: 14
Views: 6491

At the risk of being out-Googled, here's what I hope is a simpler explanation. Annealing is the process of slowly and carefully cooling glass so that stress is removed. Tempering is a process of rapidly cooling glass so that stress remains in a specific pattern. One of the characteristics of tempere...
by Brad Walker
Mon Apr 28, 2003 9:36 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fixing Sagging Elements
Replies: 15
Views: 7164

Greg Rawls wrote:Does anyone know where to find these pins? Is there an internet source where I can order them from? Thanks!


Any pottery place will have element pins. Or you can order them from any kiln or element manufacturer.
by Brad Walker
Sun Apr 27, 2003 3:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fixing Sagging Elements
Replies: 15
Views: 7164

I've always repinned my elements without reheating them. I just do so very carefully and slowly. I would think that the only time you'd need to reheat is if the elements are really distorted; I try to catch them before they get that bad.
by Brad Walker
Thu Apr 24, 2003 11:49 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Warm Glass Conference 2003
Replies: 25
Views: 10361

Diane wrote:Any idea when we'll have more details?
Cost? Classes? Special events?
Inquiring minds want to know... :D
Diane


Hopefully within two weeks, maybe less.

Thanks for asking.
by Brad Walker
Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Technique Ownership - A Question of Ethics
Replies: 183
Views: 81486

... The other view is that a full and rich understanding of the technical aspects of fusing is a necessary foundation to entering the field. Brad, I hope you aren't lumping Bullseye into that position. We believe that what's needed to *enter* the field is being inspired by making a successful proje...
by Brad Walker
Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Technique Ownership - A Question of Ethics
Replies: 183
Views: 81486

To be fair to Skutt, Barbara, the controller in question does not require the use of its automatic features, nor does it assume that all glasses or firings are the same. It is somewhat similar to a microwave with a button for "popcorn" -- in neither case do you have to use the button, you can do it ...
by Brad Walker
Mon Apr 21, 2003 1:36 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: bottle glass
Replies: 8
Views: 6048

Re: bottle glass

Anybody tried casting with bottle glass? How was it? Franklin Though it's not exactly what you've asked about, the Clean Washington Center has done a study of using bottle glass for blowing and casting. The results weren't very good, with extra cleaning time and compatibility issues with cullet fro...
by Brad Walker
Sun Apr 20, 2003 9:09 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: how much rigidizer- best way to dry
Replies: 13
Views: 7525

If I'm making a mold for slumping, I saturate totally with the rigidizer, let the excess run off, then air dry. Here in humid North Carolina it takes about a week to air dry thoroughly; if you put it in a kiln to speed up the process (I don't), don't heat above around 300F. Also, you'll need to pref...
by Brad Walker
Sun Apr 20, 2003 12:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Technique Ownership - A Question of Ethics
Replies: 183
Views: 81486

Bullseye tries to counteract it by offering high quality classes with honest technical information – not marketing hype. But how does the beginner distinguish the difference? If someone has that answer, I’d love to hear. It's not the answer you want to hear, but probably the one you already kno...
by Brad Walker
Sun Apr 20, 2003 12:43 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Warm Glass Conference 2003
Replies: 25
Views: 10361

Re: 2003 conference

Brad, that's great news that the 2003 conference is on the East coast... I stand a much better chance of finally getting to attend! Is it your plan to have it in a different locality each year? I hope everyone will forgive me if I don't seem to follow BB etiquette at first.. this is my very first B...
by Brad Walker
Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:43 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Modeling wax recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 10290

Microcrystalline wax is what's generally recommended. "Victory brown" is the most common generic name. It's flexible at room temperature and can easily be molded by hand. You can get reasonable detail by carving (put in a refrigerator to harden a bit if you really want the most carved detail). Most ...
by Brad Walker
Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Warm Glass Conference 2003
Replies: 25
Views: 10361

Warm Glass Conference 2003

I've finally settled on dates and location for the 2003 Warm Glass Weekend conference. It will be held from Sept 11 to 13 at the Quality Suites in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, DC suburb).

More details to come.
by Brad Walker
Sat Apr 19, 2003 10:36 am
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: To Inc., LLC. or sole propriority???
Replies: 6
Views: 5471

Re: To Inc., LLC. or sole propriority???

Now that I'm going through my first year of paperwork and taxes as a corporation....I'm really wondering if all this work is really worth the protection. What kind of corporation -- "S" or "C"? I'm set up as an "S" -- the paperwork is minimal and my accountant charges me less than $200 a year to do...
by Brad Walker
Fri Apr 18, 2003 12:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: New forums!
Replies: 19
Views: 6701

New forums!

At the risk of totally overwhelming everyone, I've added two new forums, one for kiln casting and one for business topics. If you wish to see all the forums merged into one, just click on the "View posts since last visit" button at the top right of the Forum Index page and you'll see everything merg...

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