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by Brad Walker
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Do kilns REALLY burn "to the ground"
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: Do kilns REALLY burn "to the ground"

In over 20 years of working with kilns, I have NEVER seen or heard of a documented instance of a kiln "burning to the ground." It's virtually impossible.

There are far better things to worry about than a rogue kiln.
by Brad Walker
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Vitrigraph bubbles and craters
Replies: 6
Views: 2130

Re: Vitrigraph bubbles and craters

Glad I asked to see photos. Before you posted them, I had thought you were talking about bubbles trapped between the stringers and the glass underneath. But from the photos it looks like the bubbles and craters (which are popped bubbles) are actually in the stringers themselves, not in the area betw...
by Brad Walker
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Vitrigraph bubbles and craters
Replies: 6
Views: 2130

Re: Vitrigraph bubbles and craters

Got a photo?
by Brad Walker
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: firing schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 939

Re: firing schedule

Yes, absolutely. Slower up and longer anneal on the way down.

Also, don't forget that the second firing will cause any tack fused items to become more fused.
by Brad Walker
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fused Fishing Lures
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

Re: Fused Fishing Lures

High temp wire (nichrome) would probably be better than stainless. You're just trying to make fuse a loop into the glass that the hooks would attach to. (As an aside, I did some online searching on the pull exerted by a fish when it's on the hook. There doesn't seem to be any consensus of opinion as...
by Brad Walker
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Which properties makes blowing glass ? Engineering Cold Warm Thermoset Polymer Glass Blowing
Replies: 6
Views: 2012

Re: Which properties makes blowing glass ? Engineering Cold Warm Thermoset Polymer Glass Blowing

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Then I guess you can't get their help either.
by Brad Walker
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Which properties makes blowing glass ? Engineering Cold Warm Thermoset Polymer Glass Blowing
Replies: 6
Views: 2012

Re: Which properties makes blowing glass ? Engineering Cold Warm Thermoset Polymer Glass Blowing

Most of the people who frequent this website are interested in kilnformed glass, not blown glass.

A good forum for glassblowing discussion is located at: http://talk.craftweb.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=4
by Brad Walker
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln Temp stops climbing at 1250ish degrees
Replies: 4
Views: 1845

Re: Kiln Temp stops climbing at 1250ish degrees

To add to Tony's comments -- as the Skutt E-1 explanation says, this error can be caused by elements that are getting old or that need replacing or by faulty relays. Does the problem occur all of the time or just occasionally? Does the kiln have multiple elements and relays or just one? (Which Skutt...
by Brad Walker
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Workshops, classes, and events
Topic: Kohler Arts Program
Replies: 0
Views: 1892

Kohler Arts Program

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2019 program, which takes place at and is funded by Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis. Each year, 16–22 artists are accepted for 2- to 6-month residencies in the Pottery or F...
by Brad Walker
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is BE black really a deep green?
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Re: Is BE black really a deep green?

I know that during their environmental issue period, the black was reformulated and it wasn't a pure black. They also did not make frit during this period. A couple of months ago they started making black frit again, so I assume they also started making good black sheets at that time. So my best gue...
by Brad Walker
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: thicker and thinner together- ok?
Replies: 13
Views: 4444

Re: thicker and thinner together- ok?

Assuming you annealed properly, you shouldn't have a problem.
by Brad Walker
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Trying to find relay for kiln
Replies: 2
Views: 1813

Re: Trying to find relay for kiln

The relays are kiln specific, not necessarily controller specific. The kiln manufacturer should be able to tell you what relay or relays you need for your specific kiln. So the easiest thing to do is to call them and ask. Alternatively, if you're willing to do a little work and save some dollars, yo...
by Brad Walker
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Recommendations for bench grinder?
Replies: 9
Views: 3931

Re: Recommendations for bench grinder?

In addition to the wet belt sander, the other option would be a glass grinding lathe. They can be expensive, but a table top model might work for you, and would certainly be more powerful than a standard stained glass grinder. There are a wide variety of wheels available that would give you lots of...
by Brad Walker
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Recommendations for bench grinder?
Replies: 9
Views: 3931

Re: Recommendations for bench grinder?

In addition to the wet belt sander, the other option would be a glass grinding lathe. They can be expensive, but a table top model might work for you, and would certainly be more powerful than a standard stained glass grinder. There are a wide variety of wheels available that would give you lots of ...
by Brad Walker
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Board Help
Topic: PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2614

Re: PM

Go to the outbox, click on the message, then click on the "x" in the upper right hand corner.

Brad
by Brad Walker
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: German Glass COE 82
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

Re: German Glass COE 82

Armstrong Glass has compatible float COE 82: https://www.armstrongglass.com/products ... sheetglass

I believe that some of their float products are made in Germany.
by Brad Walker
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: fused glass temperature
Replies: 1
Views: 1298

Re: fused glass temperature

Well, my honest opinion would be that that's a lousy mold. It's almost impossible to slump and get a deep texture at the same time. Better to fuse on a textured flat surface, then slump at a low temperature so that the design doesn't go away. But if you do have to try anyway, I'd opt for holding lon...
by Brad Walker
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How do I full fuse keeping the original shape...
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: How do I full fuse keeping the original shape...

Havi, Are you wanting the square to be flush with the rest of the glass or sitting up on top (tack fuse)? If you want it sitting on top, just fire to a very low tack fuse and it will work. No dam needed. If you want it flush with the rest of the glass, that's very difficult. It would work best if th...
by Brad Walker
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Choosing a wet tile saw
Replies: 13
Views: 4465

Re: Choosing a wet tile saw

If at all possible, get a 10" blade, rather than a smaller one. You want a model with the blade above a table that slides back and forth, not one with a 6" or 7" blade below a surface that doesn't move. Even though you may not need the extra height, the larger 10"blades will cut ...
by Brad Walker
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Spectrum from Mexico
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Re: Spectrum from Mexico

Haven't used any personally, but we've heard mixed reviews. Some say it's ok, some say it's not as good as the original.

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