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by Bert Weiss
Sun Mar 16, 2003 4:04 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glass embossing
Replies: 2
Views: 4481

Re: EMBOSSING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what is the tool

can anyone tell me about the embossing, what is the tool made of, is it like a graphite masher, would a simple plaster cast work, thanks,,,rodney Rodney What I call embossing is also referred to as kiln carving. I use Unifrax 970 paper that is 1/32" thick. You cut the paper and layer it up, then fi...
by Bert Weiss
Sun Mar 16, 2003 3:57 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Good teaching / bad teaching
Replies: 37
Views: 26420

2 remarkable teachers I have encountered are Albinus Elskus and Paul Marioni. They were inspiring in completely different ways. Albin was very clear in his descriptions of technique. When I read his book, I can totally imagine him presenting the info in it. The techniques that I learned from him wer...
by Bert Weiss
Sat Mar 15, 2003 1:46 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Full Fusing Spectrum and testing Float at same time.
Replies: 6
Views: 7051

We slump Starphire all the time (except for a few years back when it wasn't available-plant problems?) We always slumped with tin down and used Fusemaster clearcoat never had a problem. We slump into SS and over SS to make lighting fixtures. We always blast the inside of the fixture for that nice w...
by Bert Weiss
Fri Mar 14, 2003 1:36 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Has anyone ever dumped their stained glass inventory?
Replies: 9
Views: 8942

Doug wrote: But still in the back of my mind, I'm saving them for that rainy day when I might have to go back to making 1 layer plates and hankercheif vases.......


I didn't know that you sneezed a lot :roll: gezuhntheit
by Bert Weiss
Fri Mar 14, 2003 1:33 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Borax Spray
Replies: 2
Views: 4557

Tom The recipe for borax spray is in the old archoives many times. I think it may have been put in FAQ or tutorial. Making your own is cheap and easy. You can get away with spraying before or after doing your frit work. It depends on what you are doing with the frit. If you were covering the entire ...
by Bert Weiss
Fri Mar 14, 2003 1:28 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Full Fusing Spectrum and testing Float at same time.
Replies: 6
Views: 7051

I have some left over glassblowing powders (krugler) that I have had good and bad results with. I usually go to around 1450 with a very light dusting. Some colors crack like crazy and other colors have blended quite nicely without any 'visible' signs of incompatability- but I don't have one of thos...
by Bert Weiss
Fri Mar 14, 2003 10:10 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Full Fusing Spectrum and testing Float at same time.
Replies: 6
Views: 7051

Re: Full Fusing Spectrum and testing Float at same time.

I am getting ready to do a full fuse with some spectrum. I just bought some 1/4" float that I want to see if it is going to be compatble with some of my float frit and confetti before I do this other project. Seeing how I will only be going up to 1465 for the Spectrum, will this be high enough to s...
by Bert Weiss
Thu Mar 13, 2003 9:31 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hi fire technique
Replies: 13
Views: 11444

Thanks Charlie As I use float, I imagine that I must use 1700 . I cant´t wait to try. Need more kilns, so many new options... :lol: :lol: Luiza Be aware that float glass does not have the flow properties that Bulleseye glass has. It needs at least 80 degrees more heat to soften than Bullseye and e...
by Bert Weiss
Wed Mar 12, 2003 12:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hydrostone revisited
Replies: 5
Views: 6711

Not Hydrostone, Hydroperm. I've only used it for open face casting. It has specific mixing criteria, which when done correctly leaves the mold full of small bubbles, similar to an Aero chocolate bar. This network of bubbles allows the moisture in the mold to be vented through the mold. No 3 day air...
by Bert Weiss
Wed Mar 12, 2003 12:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Q-Bert-Commercial Brackets?
Replies: 2
Views: 4563

Re: Q-Bert-Commercial Brackets?

Bert, I want to know if I have this right. If I build my own hardware I need to get a UL listing. However, if I buy commercial ones, I am okay. I am planning on working with a local blacksmith this coming year. Thanks....Claudia :roll: Claudia I am not a code expert. I would ask your local electric...
by Bert Weiss
Wed Mar 12, 2003 12:06 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Separators - a comprehensive thread
Replies: 39
Views: 31070

Mica can be sifted onto the shelf and used as a separator as well. My understanding is that potters use it. I have used it for full fuse on small pieces and it works very well, but it also leaves a mother-of-pearl sheen on the surface of the glass as some of the mica fuses into the glass surface......
by Bert Weiss
Wed Mar 12, 2003 9:52 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Separators - a comprehensive thread
Replies: 39
Views: 31070

Hugo My knowledge is practical not scientific. The alumina that I use is flour of alumina hydrate. The trick is to get the finest ground product that you can get. Since most suppliers only carry one type, you get what they get. I believe that Bullseye seperator is made with alumina hydrate that is v...

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