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by Barbara Muth
Fri Mar 26, 2004 10:08 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Layered fused pendant problem
Replies: 8
Views: 5237

That said, it sounds like you thermal shocked your piece while it was heating up. (There's your speeding ticket. Artistic license, please 8) ) Did you open the lid to peek in at that point? If you did, that might have contributed to the shocking. Generally speaking, (and I'm sure plenty of people h...
by Barbara Muth
Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:06 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE ball mold size question
Replies: 3
Views: 2284

Bruce, I never place my molds on my shelves when firing. I just set them up, perched on kiln furniture, on the bottom of my kiln. Regarding the one inch between mold and side elements, I suspect baffling is what will besuggested to you. At ther very least I would go very very slowly when I ramped up...
by Barbara Muth
Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:17 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Playgounds / Paths Series ??
Replies: 20
Views: 14785

Re: Respectfully disagree

Whenever a client tells me they want 'magnolias and pelicans' I ask how many? Why? Because I am glad to sell things that are uniquely designed and carefully made. When I bring the 'm&p's', I also bring finer work to showcase my design talents. Selling work and making some profit so I can continue t...
by Barbara Muth
Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:19 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Critic's Corner (temp) Jim's Flagstones
Replies: 10
Views: 7251

Jim, I have a thought about breaking up the monotony of the brown. I tackled a similar problem on a piece I made last spring. I had a vast expanse of an opaque olive colored curious glass and it was just too flat. I took some transparent green powder (may have been aventurine) and swooshed it over t...
by Barbara Muth
Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Help with a slump and crack...newbie..
Replies: 9
Views: 5274

Lydia, You can slump that back flat. It might has shrunk some but probally not. Question... is what you are calling a crack really a crack or an air bubble? Going to full fuse temp will not get rid of it, if it is an air bubble. If it is a crack, which I doubt that looking in a kiln for a moment wo...
by Barbara Muth
Mon Mar 22, 2004 2:58 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glue fiber paper
Replies: 11
Views: 6521

I am going to guess that you haven't used fiber paper yet. If you don't rigidize it, it will fall apart. My guess is that even around a wire base, you are going to egt some slumping through the wires. But try it, you could get something very interesting happening!


Barbara
by Barbara Muth
Sun Mar 21, 2004 8:36 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Bullseye catalog
Replies: 20
Views: 16646

Dying for mine too! I have actually been watching the mailbox!
Silly me.

Barbara
by Barbara Muth
Sun Mar 21, 2004 8:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: First pot melt had "issues"
Replies: 6
Views: 3852

Just in case you didn't realise this, you don't have to drop into a saucer. Just kilnwash your shelf, calculate how much glass can drop, go to 1/4 inch thick and not flow over the shelf, use no more than that, and do the pot drop. With a kiln that big, you should be able to get a nice sized pot drop...
by Barbara Muth
Sun Mar 21, 2004 8:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pot Melt Problems
Replies: 16
Views: 8744

Ian, if you are using BE glass, they have posters with examples of color interactions. I routinely mix some of their greens and yellows for wonderful rich brown shades. I recommend testing colors together before firing them in a potmelt. If you see a line of another color where the two meet in your ...
by Barbara Muth
Sun Mar 21, 2004 12:09 pm
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Havin' fun with pot melts
Replies: 23
Views: 17770

Jerry, I like the pot melts a lot. These have very interesting character, the combination of colors and movement without mud are certainly a technical achievement. I also like the way you have framed them with rings of color. Can I ask why you put them in stands as opposed to hanging them on the wal...
by Barbara Muth
Sat Mar 20, 2004 9:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glass Shatters 3 times
Replies: 4
Views: 3078

Re: Glass Shatters 3 times

I am using a Paragon small SC-2 kiln 7" x 7" shelf, computer controlled. I have many times in the past take a base coat of black maybe 6" x 6" load it up with scraps of dichroic and clear glass, fuse to a slab then cut it into pendants etc. I fused a slab pulled it out decided to top it with a scat...
by Barbara Muth
Sat Mar 20, 2004 7:13 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 65
Views: 29637

This has been an interesting thread to read. I find it awkward looking at work that could benefit from critique on design and execution when it is clearly posted in the "put it on the fridge" vein. I find myself wanting to email them and make suggestions, but they aren't asking for that. Because I f...
by Barbara Muth
Thu Mar 18, 2004 3:46 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Inspiration
Replies: 119
Views: 60341

Meanwhile your piece entitled "Nurturing the Fantasy" is a great example of inspiration.

Barbara
by Barbara Muth
Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:27 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Glass thinning on project
Replies: 6
Views: 3733

and make sure the kiln wash is bone dry before you put your piece on the shelf. I find that this type of bubbling is most likely to happen when I fire on an undried shelf (yes I do it at times!) or when the piece being fired is very large. If you can't find uneven spots on your shelf that would defi...
by Barbara Muth
Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Someone is getting tricky with viruses
Replies: 8
Views: 5477

This week at work I received an email with the from address being our IS deartment. They routinely quarantine all email coming in with viruses attached. This email told me that it was now safe to open the attached document (an .exe file from someone I don't know). For some crazy reason I checked wit...
by Barbara Muth
Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:10 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How do you see new work
Replies: 22
Views: 12881

I know this will sound weird, but I design the way I pack a suitcase. Before going on a trip I make about ten different packing lists, arranging and rearranging in my head what I will take with me. By the time I actually pack, I don’t use the list at all; it has become part of me. Process: The lar...
by Barbara Muth
Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:16 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Inspiration
Replies: 119
Views: 60341

<snip> Incidentally, the images are not digitals. <snip> This leads to a related question. Should technique impact value (price)? Creating a darkroom composite is a more difficult thing than doing it in Photoshop. If two techniques yield indecernable results then should/could the artist price the w...
by Barbara Muth
Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:11 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fuse, Slump, Fuse?
Replies: 13
Views: 5143

Nope, I guess that didn't work. Well anyway, I was trying to describe a blank with a central square sitting on top of mold, with four trapezoids extending out from the four edges of the square so that those four trapezoids would slump down against the sides of the mold. The central square section w...
by Barbara Muth
Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:58 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fuse, Slump, Fuse?
Replies: 13
Views: 5143

And I can't see the slump happening with all four sides and the bottom. If you slump an open (baseless) pyramid from the top down, all four sides are triangles projecting from the apex. in other words you have a maltese cross sitting on a point (the top of the pyramid) and you want the four sides to...
by Barbara Muth
Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: Pic of new work
Replies: 21
Views: 14617

Lisa, it's wonderful. The stand really works well with the piece. Congratulations. I would be very pleased with myself if I were you!

Barbara

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