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by Steve Immerman
Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:34 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help with a slump and crack...newbie..
Replies: 9
Views: 5043

A few questions:

What colors did you use?

Is the piece six - 3mm layers, or 1.5 mm layers?

Are you sure it is it all compatible glass?

I have seem compatibility cracks that do not extend to the edge of the piece. If that is the case, the crack will reappear after refiring.

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 21, 2004 10:09 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: It's raining pins
Replies: 9
Views: 5536

I spoke to John Hohenshelt at Paragon about this when I was at BECon, and he advised me to apply a high temp adhesive (I think it's called Pyrolite) to the pins when I pushed them back in place.

It helps to some degree with this problem. Paragon does sell this glue.

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 21, 2004 10:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pot Melt Problems
Replies: 16
Views: 8378

I also had mud problems with my most recent potmelt. It had the yellow as well as red and some thin steel blue. They were all stacked in order with either clear in between and/or white-clear streaky and set up vertically around the inside. I have a small kiln and am not able to do a 4" drop. It was...
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 21, 2004 9:59 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Firepolish
Replies: 2
Views: 2269

Depending on your kiln and the color of the glass, firepolishing is done arount 1300-1350 with about a 10-20 min hold. The heating and annealing schedule would be the same as if you were doing a slump. To firepolish already fused small cabs, you usually can heat at 500 degrees per hour, and just let...
by Steve Immerman
Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 65
Views: 28305

Jackie Beckman wrote:You're sucking up to the teacher again Steve - why don't you just bring him a big, shiney apple. :wink:


Oh. OK.

Brock,

Disregard what I said above. It's just another blob.

Steve


There. Feel better Jackie?
by Steve Immerman
Sat Mar 20, 2004 7:52 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 65
Views: 28305

I really like what I see so far, and what you are planning. I like the precision and symmetry of the radial design, coupled with the randomness of the gold foil. At first I thought I'd like the peacock ovals to be randomly placed, but as I look at it I agree they should be symmetrical. I like the fa...
by Steve Immerman
Sat Mar 20, 2004 2:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 65
Views: 28305

I wonder if this board might not benefit from perhaps a "Critic's Corner". Phil Could this area of the board also have photos of those pieces that are unfinished and going nowhere? To solicit suggestions of how the piece could be finished and improved? Occasionaly posters have asked for this kind o...
by Steve Immerman
Sat Mar 20, 2004 12:02 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 65
Views: 28305

Re: Criticism

My question is, when do we offer real criticism? Criticism - the act or art of analyzing and judging the quality of a literary or artistic work . . . - the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything . . . Brock I think we should offer criticism when the person asks for it. But, if it is a...
by Steve Immerman
Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:38 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Havin' fun with pot melts
Replies: 23
Views: 17247

Beautiful!

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:44 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Blasting equipment feedback
Replies: 15
Views: 7884

If you are planning to sandblast and firepolish, or planning to do Brock's double irid sandwich technique, Aluminum Oxide abrasive works better than Silicon Carbide.

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Wed Mar 17, 2004 3:21 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Steve Immerman!
Replies: 17
Views: 10413

So with plenty of inspiration, and lots of technical expertise in the back pocket, why is it a struggle to translate that inspiration into a finished product that meets expectations? I was wondering if you like to work out your design ideas on paper or if you compose directly from the glass and com...
by Steve Immerman
Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:42 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Steve Immerman!
Replies: 17
Views: 10413

Absolutely fantastic! That's my kinda stuff. I love the precision and geometry. The colors too. Music for the eyes of a Math teacher. Thanks for puuting them on the site for all of us to enjoy and take inspiration from. Please announce future updates.............................Jim Thanks everybody...
by Steve Immerman
Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Reconciling Temp Differences Between Kilns
Replies: 19
Views: 10327

This discussion has made me think of my kiln in an entirely different way. Tell me if you agree: I had thought of the kiln as a box who's function was to heat the air around my glass, and that hot air brought my glass up to a certain temperature. But actually, it's a machine that transfers energy in...
by Steve Immerman
Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Potmelt concentric rings question
Replies: 9
Views: 3812

Brock wrote:Your web site is fantastic Steve, it's becoming a real resource. Brock


Thanks!

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Potmelt concentric rings question
Replies: 9
Views: 3812

One more question! Have you found any variable which defines how crisp the contrast between the two colours appears? I like the sharp contrast on your orange melt, but also think that with more mellow colours a softer edge my be quite nice! If you use both transparents and opals, and add some clear...
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Reconciling Temp Differences Between Kilns
Replies: 19
Views: 10327

Thanks all.

Charlie,

Really good points on the IR/element aspects of the firing.

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Reconciling Temp Differences Between Kilns
Replies: 19
Views: 10327

Brock wrote:Steve, I have 3 identical kilns with about a 100 degree differential from hottest to coolest. I just compensate for it. Brock


Just the process temps? And is the degree difference the same for slumping as fusing?

Steve
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:49 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Reconciling Temp Differences Between Kilns
Replies: 19
Views: 10327

Reconciling Temp Differences Between Kilns

Hi. After 9 years with a Paragon GL22AD, I just added a Skutt Clamshell to my armamentarium. Both great kilns, but I'm finding that the Skutt fires at different temps than my Paragon. It seems that I achieve the same effects in the Skutt at temps about 40 degrees lower than the Paragon. eg an "almos...
by Steve Immerman
Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Potmelt concentric rings question
Replies: 9
Views: 3812

Pot Melt Secrets Revealed

Thanks Steve, That's the kind of thing I'm after! It's difficult to tell from your photo but I'm guessing that the flash on the camera is making your melt look lighter on one side? Is it fairly consistent when viewed in daylight? Do you do anything in particular to minimise bubbles? Or do you quite...
by Steve Immerman
Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:39 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Potmelt concentric rings question
Replies: 9
Views: 3812

John, I know exactly what you are describing. I looks like this: http://www.clearwaterglass.com/images/AP_6.jpg Although I have not tried it yet, I suspect that if you divide the pot into quarters, and alternate each quarter with color A and Color B you will get a more even pattern. Steve

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