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by DonMcClennen
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Cracked as a feature
Replies: 4
Views: 4524

Re: Cracked as a feature

Put piece of glass inside some newspaper... Hit with hammer.. restack on base glass..fire!!
by DonMcClennen
Sun May 28, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Is my compressor pooched?
Replies: 8
Views: 9051

Re: Is my compressor pooched?

Unless it's an oil less (more recent designs) one they do have a crankcase that needs to be topped up with oil from time to time. Mine has a small finger sized screw-in plug at the base of the finned casting.
by DonMcClennen
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Car window glass
Replies: 3
Views: 4445

Re: Car window glass

Car window glass use to be 2 thin layers of a glass sandwich with a thin plastic layer in the middle. If this is still the way its made then fusing is not an option..
by DonMcClennen
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: Ever put foil between two pieces of painted glass? Did you know someone has a patent on that?
Replies: 9
Views: 9185

Re: Ever put foil between two pieces of painted glass? Did you know someone has a patent on that?

I think Bills is stressing about the process and looking for something to post for what reason?? Why not just get in your studio and make stuff? As artists we are constantly trying out new experiments, new techniques.. some work, some don't.. move on. With all the bafflegab on the internet I doubt m...
by DonMcClennen
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE 1411, anyone knows????
Replies: 6
Views: 5105

Re: BE 1411, anyone knows????

I still have some 1311 and 1411 on my shelf... both were very $$ glass.. beautiful when fired! Don't waste it!!
by DonMcClennen
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Art, philosophy, and content
Topic: Everyone needs a boost once in awhile.
Replies: 14
Views: 12598

Re: Everyone needs a boost once in awhile.

Sounds like a rant to me!! Not relative to this board. :?
by DonMcClennen
Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hanging mirror construction
Replies: 6
Views: 5959

Re: Hanging mirror construction

Larger mirrors are usually (in my experience) 1/4" thick
by DonMcClennen
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Hanging mirror construction
Replies: 6
Views: 5959

Re: Hanging mirror construction

If you use the J shaped mirror mounting brackets (Home Depot) that will secure the mirror safely to the wall. Then your edge design could easily be silicone to mirror face. (use masking tape for 24hrs to hold design until silicone has cured)... Some relief may have to be ground or cast in back of yo...
by DonMcClennen
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Casting Kiln
Replies: 2
Views: 3333

Re: Casting Kiln

Why not look at a pottery kiln? They are deeper and do not have roof/lid elements to cause problems. I think the deeper interior volume might be better for casting.
by DonMcClennen
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Gallery %
Replies: 9
Views: 9103

Re: Gallery %

Sounds like Kevin has had some bad experiences! As Marty says consignment can work and has been beneficial for me for the last 15yrs. Mutual trust, respect and timely payment makes for an excellent relationship.
by DonMcClennen
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Gallery %
Replies: 9
Views: 9103

Gallery %

Are most artists paying 50% to gallery?
by DonMcClennen
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: ceramic molds
Replies: 7
Views: 6060

Re: ceramic molds

I coated my moulds once when they were new and never again!... some I've been using 20yrs. never had to recoat. I agree with the last post your top slumping temp should be low enough that melting against mold should not be happening!!
by DonMcClennen
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Finished thick piece, but now need layer at bottom
Replies: 4
Views: 3945

Re: Finished thick piece, but now need layer at bottom

Tiny clear (or in your case white) frit sized chip. Place only 2 or 3 chips at very edge of white so top piece will sag or slump down in middle pushing air outwards before fusing takes place. I sometimes only use one chip at very edge so the top piece sits at slight angle at setup. Slow bubble sqeez...
by DonMcClennen
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Finished thick piece, but now need layer at bottom
Replies: 4
Views: 3945

Re: Finished thick piece, but now need layer at bottom

I would suggest you put the thick piece on top of the white(with chads!!) then proceed with a verrrry slow firing up (perhaps 100F dph) with a 1 hr pause at 1150F and a bubble squeeze of 30F dph from 1150F to 1300F then 300F dph to fuse temp. Also really slow thru anneal zone with long anneal soak o...
by DonMcClennen
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Shall I buy a new kiln???
Replies: 4
Views: 4427

Re: Shall I buy a new kiln???

Kilns are such a simple technology...10yrs old isn't really relevant... if the one you have is the right size for your work then I would fix/replace the parts giving you trouble with and continue firing!! Save you $$ for glass. A "bit" of a warp in the lid isn't a concern. However if you'v...
by DonMcClennen
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Question on speeding up cooling below 750°F
Replies: 13
Views: 11437

Re: Question on speeding up cooling below 750°F

It depends on what size and thickness your projects are... Small (2"0 pcs) will be forgiving.. but the larger and thicker projects..HURRAY KILLS!!
by DonMcClennen
Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How to polish a tiny spot
Replies: 5
Views: 5940

Re: How to polish a tiny spot

Try a little spot of clear nail polish
by DonMcClennen
Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Business Topics
Topic: Bullseye "96" ??
Replies: 2
Views: 4685

Bullseye "96" ??

I just filled out a survey sent out by Bullseye regarding "96" glass. Apparently they are interested in expanding into that market if enough interest is shown! This is another positive in the art glass industry after a year of negatives =D>
by DonMcClennen
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Fuse blows at top temp
Replies: 4
Views: 3983

Re: Fuse blows at top temp

Is there something else plugged into the same circuit? Maybe a lamp or coffee maker or something somewhere else in the building you haven't considered??
by DonMcClennen
Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: How fast can you ramp COE 90 fine frit?
Replies: 1
Views: 2280

Re: How fast can you ramp COE 90 fine frit?

Unless this frit is on top of a larger sheet of glass go for it. I run small pieces eg: 2" with frit on top up to 1500F in 30 min. then hold for desired results. Your 400F is actually a lot slower. No holds needed, no anneal on the way down.. works fine on jewellery sized pieces

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