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by Barb R
Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Kiln acting weird
Replies: 9
Views: 5320

Re: Kiln acting weird

I change my relays yearly. Take a picture of the connections before you start - then you have a reference for how to put it back together.

Barb
by Barb R
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Adding a rim to future bowls
Replies: 27
Views: 14287

Re: Adding a rim to future bowls

by Barb R
Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help- fusers of LARGER (over 2’) pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 6320

Re: Help- fusers of LARGER (over 2’) pieces

It seems to me if you are getting a full fuse at 1385 that your kiln is running hot. I normally get a full fuse at 1440 to 1465F on System 96 glass.

Barb
by Barb R
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help- fusers of LARGER (over 2’) pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 6320

Re: Help- fusers of LARGER (over 2’) pieces

Bonnie, I don't hold that long at 950. For 1/4" to 3/8" Spectrum says to hold 60 minutes. Sometimes I hold longer - but that's only if I have tack fused elements. I think that if there are some hotter and colder areas of your kiln, it's possible to introduce stress into your piece by holdi...
by Barb R
Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: halo lustre
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

Re: halo lustre

I just googled it - and am not sure if this is the same thing, but try:

http://www.seattlepotterysupply.com/Mer ... ode=HHLAHM

Barb
by Barb R
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Waxes
Replies: 8
Views: 5954

Re: Waxes

Wow! What a wealth of information! Thanks all -- and Cynthia - thanks especially for the tip about using beeswax outside!

Thank you everyone!

Barb
by Barb R
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Waxes
Replies: 8
Views: 5954

Waxes

Can I add beeswax to Victory Brown wax to make it a little more malleable? If not - does anyone have a recommendation of wax that is softer and that will stick to a base of Victory Brown wax?

Barb
by Barb R
Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Fixing a break
Replies: 6
Views: 4735

Re: Fixing a break

If you flatten it, the pieces won't fit back together. If you decide not to glue it, I would suggest that you flatten the piece, cut off the part that is broken and then slump it into a smaller piece. Too bad about the break - it's a nice piece.

Barb
by Barb R
Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Sealers
Replies: 6
Views: 5147

Re: Sealers

Thanks Cynthia for the clarification. I misread your post - and was thinking that you were actually spraying on coats of urethane. I see now that you were talking about the mold release.

Thanks so much!

Barb
by Barb R
Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Sealers
Replies: 6
Views: 5147

Re: Sealers

Thanks Cynthia and Glasstech. Loveland is about 5 miles from my house - I should have thought of that! Thanks! I'm wondering what product you use for a spray on urethane? What I bought from Smooth-On is very thick - worked fine to brush, but if I'm ever going to do this again with any details, it wo...
by Barb R
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Sealers
Replies: 6
Views: 5147

Re: Sealers

Unfortunately, I don't have the option of starting with a new mask mold. This is a fund raiser for our local art museum - they provide the masks - and artists can do whatever they want. I thought it might be a good learning curve into casting... If I hadn't put the shellac on it to begin with, I cou...
by Barb R
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Sealers
Replies: 6
Views: 5147

Sealers

I attempted to make a rubber negative of a bisque fired ceramic mask. I took the mask, coated it with about 5 layers of shellac and then sprayed universal mold release over that. I then pained Smooth-on's Brush-On 50 Urethane over that, and poured a mother mold over that. The urethane stuck horribly...
by Barb R
Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Mold Making with R&R 910
Replies: 2
Views: 2980

Re: Mold Making with R&R 910

Thank you Cynthia - that worked great. I did not even think to lacquer the piece. You help is much appreciated.

Barb
by Barb R
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Mold Making with R&R 910
Replies: 2
Views: 2980

Mold Making with R&R 910

I have an open faced sculpture that is a mask made out of bisque ceramic. I've embellished that mask with plasticine flowers. Can I pour an R&R 910 mold over this after I've put a release on it - or will removing the plasticine harm the surface finish on the R&R 910? I know I could make a si...
by Barb R
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: White - gray - pate de verre
Replies: 12
Views: 8630

Re: White - gray - pate de verre

I had the same problem with my maglesses this year. I made little snowmen. I ended up taking out the clear all together and just using white.

Barb
by Barb R
Tue May 07, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: drop rings
Replies: 3
Views: 2648

Re: drop rings

I always follow Brad's advise as was stated in this Warmtip:

http://www.warmtips.com/20050808.htm

Barb
by Barb R
Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Spoon Rests
Replies: 19
Views: 13366

Re: Spoon Rests

The paws are really cute Mike - I'm sure you'll sell a lot of them! I have to say that for whatever reason, I like the more rounded paws up above than the ones below - but I'm sure the ones below would hold a spoon better. Cute, cute, cute.

Barb
by Barb R
Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What magnet to put on fridge mags?
Replies: 5
Views: 3441

Re: What magnet to put on fridge mags?

I've bought my magnets from various sources on the web, depending on the price. I do like this source as well: http://www.amazingmagnets.com/sf-disc-magnets.aspx?pagenum=2 I especially like how they show the magnet size in relation to a penny on this site - so you can see exactly what you are buying...
by Barb R
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Deeper Slumping
Replies: 15
Views: 10431

Re: Deeper Slumping

Love it! It's gorgeous.
by Barb R
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Custom kiln design photos
Replies: 12
Views: 6126

Re: Custom kiln design photos

I'm green with envy!

Barb

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