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by Jerrwel
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: fastest - but safe - annealing for float 2 layers
Replies: 22
Views: 11014

Re: fastest - but safe - annealing for float 2 layers

I place the shelves so that the edges are facing the bricks, above the coils. ...hopefully I am doing a good job and they won't explode in the future This thread is taking some interesting turns in topic. Seachange introduces two topics here that lead to an additional comment and a couple of questi...
by Jerrwel
Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Can I use Skutt Firebox 14 without a stand?
Replies: 3
Views: 2709

Re: Can I use Skutt Firebox 14 without a stand?

Is there a warranty involved? Not using the provided stand might void some warranty. Calling the manufacturer for guidance would probably be prudent.
by Jerrwel
Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fiberboard molds
Replies: 9
Views: 6519

Re: Fiberboard molds

1/4" should be fine since you are draping over. Cut a piece of cloth (like a sheet or towel) the size of the glass you will use and let that drape over your mold to get an idea of what the finished product will look like. R. What a great tip. I'm sure I'm not the only person here who thanks yo...
by Jerrwel
Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fiberboard molds
Replies: 9
Views: 6519

Re: Fiberboard molds

The only other thing I plan on is to put fiber paper around the edges of the fiberboard to make sure I can get the fiberboard out of the finished piece. Joe The fiber paper may not be sufficiently thick to allow the mold to release from the glass; my experience is with tested glass rather than floa...
by Jerrwel
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: advice on best kilns ... value for money
Replies: 6
Views: 5477

Re: advice on best kilns ... value for money

With your budget I don't think you have to settle (as the previous poster suggests) for a used or a kiln not properly set up for glass. You can get a 15" to 18" new with controller using 110V (regular plug in). This will give you a proper learning tool and give you enough flexibility to l...
by Jerrwel
Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: What do I put Bullseye transparent frit on?
Replies: 9
Views: 6561

Re: What do I put Bullseye transparent frit on?

Liz: Here's a post from another thread where I outlined my favorite books on fusing. These will help you immeasurably in fusing with understanding: Three books will get you a long, long way toward the knowledge and experience you want quickly: *Contemporary Fused Glass, Guide to Fusing, Slumping, an...
by Jerrwel
Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Fusing Three Layers
Replies: 7
Views: 8495

Re: Fusing Three Layers

I will reign myself in and start out with a simple two layer design. I must learn to crawl before I run, lol. I have so much to learn about this process and I really appreciate all the feedback. Three books will get you a long, long way toward the knowledge and experience you want quickly: * Contem...
by Jerrwel
Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: drilling hole chipped irid coating
Replies: 4
Views: 3846

Re: drilling hole chipped irid coating

It's difficult to always anticipate how a piece will be finished but I try to do as much cold work as possible before and during fusing i.e. finishing glass edges after cutting and before the initial firing, shaping/finishing after initial firing and before fire polish/slumping, etc. This includes d...
by Jerrwel
Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kiln element dropping dust
Replies: 17
Views: 12750

Re: Kiln element dropping dust

I have a Skutt Hotstart, and the element is in the lid and isn't enclosed. The pins loosen every time I fire and the element jiggles around some; brick dust falls into the chamber (luckily it seems to happen after the glass has re-solidified). Question: is there something I can do to enclose the el...
by Jerrwel
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Will these directions produce a properly fused, round blank?
Replies: 21
Views: 11937

Re: Will these directions produce a properly fused, round bl

Jerrwel, I don't think Stone's tables are too conservative but it's a matter of degree (heh-heh). The amount of variability in thickness, relative to the size of the piece, as well as the overall symmetry, are important. In this case, we've got two circles--the most stable flat layup--and at no poi...
by Jerrwel
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Will these directions produce a properly fused, round blank?
Replies: 21
Views: 11937

Re: Will these directions produce a properly fused, round bl

I downloaded this project from a very popular glass website: Use a 3mm 12" clear system 96 circle, then place a 3mm 9" transparent colored circle in the center. Full fuse using following schedule: 250 250 30 250 1050 60 200 1250 30 250 1370 20 300 1465 10 Full 950 60 200 800 10 300 100 0 ...
by Jerrwel
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Expensive Lessons
Replies: 9
Views: 4576

Re: Expensive Lessons

Larry Lunsford wrote:
The bottom layer is black with gold irid. Top layer is clear. Design in dichroic is in middle.


Not really certain..is this a 2-layer design with significant decoration elements or a 3 layer design >1/4 inch in depth? If so there will be movement as the glass will spread if not dammed.
by Jerrwel
Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: does dichroic stand up in a pot melt?
Replies: 4
Views: 3481

Re: does dichroic stand up in a pot melt?

by Jerrwel
Sat May 31, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Compressor recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 15938

Re: Compressor recommendations?

There are some questions this thread raises for me: Why is 220V not a readily available alternative here? For all the money that's being spent on equipment, is an electrical upgrade to 220V in order to maximize the investment possible? I upgraded my primary service and ran a 220V line for <$2000 wit...
by Jerrwel
Mon May 19, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Getting indentations
Replies: 10
Views: 5326

Re: Getting indentations

Bert Weiss wrote:Each has it's set of shit that happens when you do that.


I have been LMAO for days at this succinct summary of information from hundreds of books, articles and classes, and thousands upon thousands of posts. The sentence is too subtle for ROFLMAO.

Jerry
by Jerrwel
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: metal bands used in firing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3552

Re: metal bands used in firing?

Metal bands used in firing? AC DC for classic mood, Soundgarden for punkish metal, but Dragonforce when I need some serious Dungeons and Dragons-themed speed metal. Honestly though, I tend to avoid metal when fusing and listen to Dylan, Kate Bush, Art of Noise and Boston. I will use stainless, but ...
by Jerrwel
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: metal bands used in firing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3552

Re: metal bands used in firing?

I bought 2 of those metal bands that you tighten with a screwdriver from Ace, and they assured me that it was made entirely out of stainless steel. I'm planning on using them to hold a thin sheet of stainless steel in a round shape. I'm not going to fully melt the pieces of glass I'm putting inside...
by Jerrwel
Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: first break in a long time
Replies: 18
Views: 11533

Re: first break in a long time

Firing Schedules for Glass , Graham Stone's book available from Warmglass http://www.warmglass.org/books/books/126-fsg will help you create the right schedule for each project you create; no researching, no wondering, no worrying, no dithering. OK, maybe it's not a panacea but it's close. Page 33, ...
by Jerrwel
Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Opinions needed for new kiln
Replies: 16
Views: 10048

Re: Opinions needed for new kiln

This style kiln is on my wish list. I am thinking the 16D would replace the need for the window and give additional functionality. Unless you think you will do beads, forgo the door. Voila! You just more than paid for the upgrade to 16D!
by Jerrwel
Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pot melts and minimum fireing temperature
Replies: 5
Views: 5157

Re: Pot melts and minimum fireing temperature

Most glass kilns max at 1700F. You can hold there quite a while, but 90 minutes is likely more than you need. You may get away with firing to 1650 for a pot melt, and I generally fire wire melts that low or lower anyway. If you use Spectrum glass, it will fire a bit lower than Bullseye. Contemporar...

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