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by Jerrwel
Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Can you recommend a glass grinder for a newbie?
Replies: 7
Views: 5592

Re: Can you recommend a glass grinder for a newbie?

This is off topic but a great way to save $$$ when starting fusing or experimenting on a technique: use non-tested glass or non-standard runs of tested glass called 'Saturday Glass' or 'Fusers Reserve' or some other designation. Just be aware that non-tested glass can only be used on itself from the...
by Jerrwel
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SS Screen
Replies: 16
Views: 8017

Re: SS Screen

Cleaning the screen between firings takes less time than applying kiln wash between firings. Brad, to quote Gomez Addams, "Now you've done it!" I did my research and found no reference to using kiln wash or boron spray on SS mesh before firing. Is this needed? I thought about it but concl...
by Jerrwel
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Can you recommend a glass grinder for a newbie?
Replies: 7
Views: 5592

Re: Can you recommend a glass grinder for a newbie?

I have two grinders. Both relative cheap at purchase time 10 or more years ago. Rarely use them now as I opt to finish edges on my wet belt sander (WBS) from Covington http://www.covington-engineering.com/sander_mounted.html . Use the grinders when my cut is poor and extra, quick glass removal is re...
by Jerrwel
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: SS Screen
Replies: 16
Views: 8017

Re: SS Screen

I wonder if any of this needs to be done after every use or only when changing colors? I just bought several different gauges of SS screen to start experimenting with various effects and have not used SS screen before; so I'm thinking about what is going on in this process. My thinking about avoidi...
by Jerrwel
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts
Replies: 41
Views: 24108

Re: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts

Using 'Auto' schedules versus creating your own schedules in the 'pro' programs of your kiln controller may seem a little daunting at first especially since process schedules and the related purpose and issues may be unfamiliar. Graham Stone's book, Firing Schedules for Glass, is my source for my 'p...
by Jerrwel
Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts
Replies: 41
Views: 24108

Re: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts

Your conservative program failed to conserve all of your pieces. So, you can balance your desire to save time with the need to break no pieces. Unless you can come up with an alternate reason why the broken one broke, the heatup rate was the culprit. There could be other reasons the piece experienc...
by Jerrwel
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts
Replies: 41
Views: 24108

Re: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts

Another topic...books...there are lots and lots of books about lots and lots of topics. To get started and get your feet on the ground I suggest, Contemporary Fused Glass http://www.warmglass.com/cfg/ by Brad Walker of Warmglass; great step-by-step 'how to' with many projects each building on the to...
by Jerrwel
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts
Replies: 41
Views: 24108

Re: Ben & Vanessa's Newcomer Questions and Endless Posts

Wissmach does make a 96, and yes they do make their own glass.. I only use their 90, and I have never had a devit problem with it. Just an observation. Probably 1/4 to 1/2 or the people I teach come from a stained glass background. Barry I've been using Wissmach 90 almost exclusively for about a ye...
by Jerrwel
Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: sink mold used for hanging light?
Replies: 17
Views: 9600

Re: sink mold used for hanging light?

Curious if you have made this, would love to see a photo. How did you support it when drilling the holes and what type of hardware did you use? Both great questions which I echo. I have been to numerous lamp supply stores looking for supply houses for lighting hardware with little success. Slumpys ...
by Jerrwel
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Your favorite website for buying fusible glass and why?
Replies: 13
Views: 13719

Re: Your favorite website for buying fusible glass and why?

Shelley, where are you based? Someone on the board might live near you and have some good suggestions for buying local. The local vendors, as Lynn suggested, can be an excellent source of support when you're learning, and they are usually faster than mail order (assuming they have what you want in ...
by Jerrwel
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Molds to large for kiln?
Replies: 9
Views: 9301

Re: Molds to large for kiln?

Does a fiber kiln potentially eliminate the need for kiln posts when working with molds? Thank you for any and all advise! Take a look at Laurie Spray's bottomless molds http://bonnydoonfusedglasstools.com/ . Seems like you can use the bottom of the kiln this way and get the glass the greatest dist...
by Jerrwel
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glue for fused work
Replies: 24
Views: 20113

Re: Glue for fused work

Brock wrote:
Joseph Tracy wrote:Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Hairspray sounds promising. Wonder who thought of that?


Marcel, the fey fuser . . .

I've never made a fey; does it require a mold?
by Jerrwel
Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Firing a large piece
Replies: 5
Views: 5032

Re: Firing a large piece

If I were firing this.......if you are going to use 2 sheets as a base and put "mosaic" blocks on it I would prefire the 2 sheet base with a good bubble squeeze to your base so that it is totally flat then add the design. The weight of blocks can trap bubbles in the under double layer. Pe...
by Jerrwel
Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit
Replies: 25
Views: 15346

Re: Removing glass plug from diamond drill bit

Order them from these guys. At 35 cents each they are virtually disposable. http://thk.hk/onlinestore_details.php?id=24 I buy all kinds of core bits from them. Rick, saved this site as a favorite BIG TIME. I'm going to try scoring the underside of my cut once the circle is defined when using bigger...
by Jerrwel
Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help with Fusing Schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 2738

Re: Help with Fusing Schedule

Finally, I'm not sure why you wouldn't just turn off the kiln at 750 and let it cool on its own. For two layers, no commonly used kiln will cool fast enough to room temperature to thermal shock the piece. But, again, there's no harm (other than the electricity) to program the cool all the way down ...
by Jerrwel
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: sink mold used for hanging light?
Replies: 17
Views: 9600

Re: sink mold used for hanging light?

Brock wrote:Instead of buying an expensive "sink mold" just look for a big wok. Or go to a metal spinner and see what they have to offer in stock. Much cheaper, just as good . . .

Brock: does the wok need to be stainless steel?
by Jerrwel
Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Vandal-proofing panels
Replies: 3
Views: 2402

Re: Vandal-proofing panels

A couple of years ago I made signage panels for a park in Liverpool, uk. Vandalism was a concern, obviously, so I laminated the required coloured glass panels between 10mm float sheets (not toughened), coated with PET anti-shatter, and the whole in a laser-cut stainless steel envelope. Now two have...
by Jerrwel
Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Adding a rim to future bowls
Replies: 27
Views: 13930

Re: Adding a rim to future bowls

I've made rims to go around a combed glass circle. My center was placed inside one of Laurie's ss rings, fired and combed. This kept the edges very even. When it was done, I cut three separate rings, usually two clear, and one color to match. They were then placed around my combed piece, refired ve...
by Jerrwel
Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Adding a rim to future bowls
Replies: 27
Views: 13930

Re: Adding a rim to future bowls

Laurie Spray wrote:This one was a 18" round of black capped with an 18" of clear with the pot melt in the center....

Gorgeous, Laurie; and yes the process makes sense. I feel sorry for all those cats that people find different ways to skin (Yuck).
by Jerrwel
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fusing/Slumping or Tack/Slumping at same time
Replies: 9
Views: 6746

Re: Fusing/Slumping or Tack/Slumping at same time

KellyBowman wrote:Has anyone fused and slumped at the same time? Or, tack fused and slumped? I have some shallow ceramic molds to slump into and wonder if I can do it at the same time.

K

Here's an example from the Warmglass gallery: http://www.warmglass.com/gallery/SimmonsJ1.htm

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