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by smallbitz
Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: French Cleats
Replies: 7
Views: 5290

Re: French Cleats

Don - How long do you let the GE Silione II cure before you feel safe hanging the piece?
by smallbitz
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices
Replies: 16
Views: 12501

Re: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices

I see. Thanks very much!
by smallbitz
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices
Replies: 16
Views: 12501

Re: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices

Between the long and short edges?
by smallbitz
Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices
Replies: 16
Views: 12501

Re: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices

Okay. I'll keep sandblasting them. Better safe than sorry. I guess it's one of those 'it's fine till it's not', sort of thing. I spend way too much time designing, cutting, etc. the pattern bars to have any issues with them when I finally get them into a project. Appreciate the input!
by smallbitz
Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices
Replies: 16
Views: 12501

Re: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices

Okay. I'll keep sandblasting them. Better safe than sorry. I guess it's one of those 'it's fine till it's not', sort of thing. I spend way too much time designing, cutting, etc. the pattern bars to have any issues with them when I finally get them into a project. Appreciate the input!
by smallbitz
Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices
Replies: 16
Views: 12501

Re: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices

Thanks. I've been sandblasting them before using them; wondering if I'm making more work for myself than necessary. Pretty laborious when I have a large PB project, so far all's been fine, just not sure I really need the extra step.
by smallbitz
Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices
Replies: 16
Views: 12501

Sandblasting Pattern Bar Slices

Do most of you sandbast pattern bar slices before using them in projects? Just curious....
by smallbitz
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: 2mm Clear 96
Replies: 5
Views: 3772

Re: 2mm Clear 96

Those were two of the things I was worried about. Not really sure what I'll do with it...Thanks.
by smallbitz
Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: 2mm Clear 96
Replies: 5
Views: 3772

2mm Clear 96

A friend getting out of the glass art gave me 20 sheets (!) of 2mm clear 96. I've just worked with 3mm (and thicker). I don't really make jewelry (she used it a lot for that) and was curious if using the 2mm would make a big difference as a cap or second layer in my wall panels, bowls, etc.? Thought...
by smallbitz
Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4923

Re: Sandblasting Question

Actually, they are test pieces. One of them I thought was a lost cause that had been sitting in my studio for a couple years. Finally invested in my own sandblaster 6 months ago and thought I'd try to salvage it...I may just go with the matte finish on the bottom. It does look nice!

Thanks.
by smallbitz
Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4923

Re: Sandblasting Question

Sorry, I meant 1400. They are flat pieces. Tops and sides look great, but bottoms are still quite matte.
by smallbitz
Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblasting Question
Replies: 7
Views: 4923

Sandblasting Question

I have just sandblasted two pieces that have pattern bar inclusions, but the basic design is mostly clear glass. The pattern bars picked up kiln wash and needed to be blasted off, so I just sandblasted the entire bottom of the pieces. After some cold work, I fired again to fire polish (around 1300) ...
by smallbitz
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: MR97
Replies: 3
Views: 3219

Re: MR97

Thanks. I've used MR97 for a while and like it much better then Slide, but haven't used it on these older molds, or over Slide before. Appreciate the info!
by smallbitz
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: MR97
Replies: 3
Views: 3219

MR97

I have some older molds that I have used Slide on as a mold release. Do I need to sandblast them before I apply MR97, or can I put MR97 over the Slide? Anyone know?
by smallbitz
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster Foot Pedal
Replies: 18
Views: 16396

Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Great. Thanks!
by smallbitz
Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster Foot Pedal
Replies: 18
Views: 16396

Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Rick - is it the CrystalBlast replacement foot pedal?
by smallbitz
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster Foot Pedal
Replies: 18
Views: 16396

Re: Sandblaster Foot Pedal

Thanks for the info. I'll check out the Glastar site and see if I can find out more about what they have to offer.
by smallbitz
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Sandblaster Foot Pedal
Replies: 18
Views: 16396

Sandblaster Foot Pedal

I have a HF sandblasting cabinet with a dust collector and compressor. I just love it, but when I have to work for any serious amount of time, I find that my hand gets pretty tired squeezing the gun.

Does anyone know where I can get a foot pedal? Also, how complicated is it to install?

Thanks!
by smallbitz
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:18 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Boron Nitride after Kiln Wash?
Replies: 4
Views: 5406

Re: Boron Nitride after Kiln Wash?

Thanks. I'm gonna blast that KW off and spray them with MR97. I've only used it on SS molds in the past, but I sure think it will be easier on these particular molds! Glad to know it will work. I'll be sure not to use KW on them after the MR97.
by smallbitz
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Boron Nitride after Kiln Wash?
Replies: 4
Views: 5406

Boron Nitride after Kiln Wash?

In several small bowls (ceramic bisque) that I do some production work in, the kiln wash eventually chips, needs to be sandblasted out and re-washed. I was curious if I sandblasted them really well of all kiln wash, could I spray them with MR97 or Slide 1800? It sure would be easier than having them...

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