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by smallbitz
Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Firepolish after slump?
Replies: 6
Views: 4373

Re: Firepolish after slump?

Thanks. I don't think reshaping will be a problem in this mold. I'm going to give it a try and just keep my eye on it!
by smallbitz
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Firepolish after slump?
Replies: 6
Views: 4373

Re: Firepolish after slump?

It's a rather organic, wavy piece. About 2 1/2" deep rectangle - no lip, like a flag that will be put on edge to be displayed horizontally on a table on a stand. 6mm thick.
by smallbitz
Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:05 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Firepolish after slump?
Replies: 6
Views: 4373

Firepolish after slump?

I want to make some small coldworking changes to a piece that I have already slumped. I know it's not the best idea to slump and firepolish in the same firing, but what about firepolishing after I've already slumped? Okay to do it if I put it back in the mold?
by smallbitz
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kaiser Lee board priming
Replies: 19
Views: 23574

Re: Kaiser Lee board priming

Thanks for the info. Didn't realize it was that fragile. Do you just keep adding kw on top of kw, or do you have to remove the old? I imagine it would damage it to remove it by sanding or scraping, right?
by smallbitz
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: Newcomer Forum
Topic: Kaiser Lee board priming
Replies: 19
Views: 23574

Re: Kaiser Lee board priming

I am in the process of replacing my 24 x 24" kiln shelf. It's just too darn heavy for me to lift! I was probably leaning towards a KL or fiber shelf, but now seeing Don's posts re the vermiculite, I'm intrigued... Do you have to kw the vermiculite as often as the fiber? Does it warp at larger s...
by smallbitz
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster or WBS?
Replies: 7
Views: 5426

Re: Sandblaster or WBS?

Thanks so much for the suggestions. I really don't have any studios near me to rent time on either of these tools. I suppose that I really do more edge work on sinks, thick bowls, strip work and drop outs so I guess that a wbs would be a more useful purchase for me. Most of what I would use a sandbl...
by smallbitz
Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster or WBS?
Replies: 7
Views: 5426

Sandblaster or WBS?

Happy New Year to all! I am adding to my home (garage) studio, and trying to decide on a wbs or a sandblaster...Not sure which one I would get the most use out of. Most of the work I do is functional (bowls, platters, wall hangings, etc), usually nothing over 20" or so. I do not do casting. I d...
by smallbitz
Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tempered Glass Shards
Replies: 9
Views: 8726

Re: Tempered Glass Shards

I think that I may not be firing quite high enough. I'm trying a little hotter. I'll also give the little files a shot. Great idea. I have some small jewelers files that will work great!
by smallbitz
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tempered Glass Shards
Replies: 9
Views: 8726

Re: Tempered Glass Shards

Yes, perhaps I'm just not going hot enough. It's not just sharp edges, it's definately needles. I do have them piled up in the mold so it may be from sliding down. I'll try it a little hotter - 1450 sounds good. I've been fusing tempered glass for years, and never had any problems. Thanks for the ad...
by smallbitz
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tempered Glass Shards
Replies: 9
Views: 8726

Tempered Glass Shards

I've been fusing tempered glass shards and just can't seem to get around the needles on the edges. Fusing into slightly rounded bowl. Any suggestions? Here's my schedule 500/1000/10' 400/1350/17' full/1015/1.30 250/700 500/300 also tried 500/1000/10' 200/1400/10' full/1015/1.30 250/700 500/300 both ...
by smallbitz
Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polishing Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 14144

Re: Polishing Puzzle

I think the jig idea will work great for me! What I'm doing is probably a little too delicate for the hand held sander. I actually love hand cold working, and just don't want to invest any more $$$ right now in a lap or wb. I'm finding it extremely therapeutic!! What do you think of using a smaller ...
by smallbitz
Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polishing Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 14144

Re: Polishing Puzzle

Thanks all. I went with the graded grits on float, and my first attempt went fairly well (thanks for the pan and the movie idea, Morganica!!). The only issue I have is the very outer and inner edge of the rim...It's still a bit rough. Do I just need to use hand pads on that part, or should I have tu...
by smallbitz
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE stiff black and white
Replies: 2
Views: 2419

Re: BE stiff black and white

Wow. That is very interesting. I do want crisp lines in these pattern bars, and had not thought about the annealing issue...There are times when I would love the more organic look of the black being swirly and more free-flowing, but not on this project. Thanks loads for the help!
by smallbitz
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polishing Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 14144

Re: Polishing Puzzle

Dana,
Thanks. In my scouring for more info, I also found a free tutorial on HIS. I just LOVE those guys! They have lots of free video tutorials, and just great advice/customer service if you ever need to call them!
SB
by smallbitz
Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: BE stiff black and white
Replies: 2
Views: 2419

BE stiff black and white

I want to make some black/white/clear pattern bars. Am I better off using stiff black, or does it matter?
by smallbitz
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polishing Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 14144

Re: Polishing Puzzle

Thanks for the great ideas. I really like the thought of putting it down on glass with wet/dry paper and going through the grits that way. I don't think I'll be doing too many things that I'll need to buy a lap for (at least not yet), and that sounds like a great (and much safer) idea. I think it wi...
by smallbitz
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Polishing Puzzle
Replies: 21
Views: 14144

Polishing Puzzle

I am in the process of making my first (useable) drop ring vase. I plan to cut off the rim with my tile saw. In the past I used diamond hand pads to take small needles of pieces, but have never really had to much hand cold working. I don't have a lap or wet belt, so my only choice after sawing is ha...
by smallbitz
Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: Photos and Stuff
Topic: And another drop ring vessel
Replies: 11
Views: 10947

Re: And another drop ring vessel

Stacey, WOW. Beautiful vase. I've been working on trying to get a decent drop ring and cutting the lip off with my tile saw, and came across your posts. I'm curious how you ended up cold working the lip on your vase. It looks fabulous, but I got the impression from reading through the posts that you...
by smallbitz
Sun May 05, 2013 4:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tekta not so clear...
Replies: 14
Views: 8571

Re: Tekta not so clear...

I already have Glass Plus, so I may give that a try first. I do have a question for both you, Bert, and Valerie; Is the glass cleaner the only cleaning that you do to your glass? As I read both of your posts, that is the impression that I get. Just want to make sure I don't wash it and then use the ...
by smallbitz
Sat May 04, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tekta not so clear...
Replies: 14
Views: 8571

Re: Tekta not so clear...

Many thanks for your quick and wonderful advice. I use the Sprayway for some stainless in my house! I'll try the one for glass and make sure that I vacuum out the kiln quite well. Really want to use that Tekta!!

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