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by smallbitz
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Best Wet Band Sander
Replies: 8
Views: 7958

Re: Best Wet Band Sander

I tried quite a few WBS before I decided on a Covington. I've found that now I have it, I use it all the time. Very versatile tool and well worth the money. Here is a link to HIS and the one that I purchased http://www.hisglassworks.com/cart/Covington_760_Wet_Belt_Sander_p154.html#.U8464Y1dW-8. They...
by smallbitz
Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size
Replies: 14
Views: 11717

Re: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size

UPDATE- Well, got everything set up and it's working great! Thanks so much for the input and advice from everyone. I just wanted to let you know what equipment I ended up with, and is working for my situation. I went with the HF large blasting cabinet (quite a pain to put together, but the price sur...
by smallbitz
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size
Replies: 14
Views: 11717

Re: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size

That's what happened to me, Valerie. I was going to order one online but wanted to see it in person first to get an idea of how it would fit in my studio. When I went to the store, I was shocked at how big the 33 gallon size was! HUGE! Between the SB cabinet, dust collector (shop vac) and the compre...
by smallbitz
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size
Replies: 14
Views: 11717

Re: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size

I didn't realize the oil-less compressors were that much louder. Do the ones that require oil need much maintenance? I really don't think I'll be using it that often (maybe once or twice a week, for 15-20 minutes). I would sure like to get away with a small QUIET one, if at all possible. Thanks for ...
by smallbitz
Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size
Replies: 14
Views: 11717

Setting up a Sandblaster - Compressor Size

I plan on doing just basic clean-up of glass with my sandblaster. No heavy duty etching or carving. Space is a real concern in my studio. I have the HF 40 lb. syphon cabinet, but am curious about the size of the compressor I can get away with. I see the 33 gallon from Sears http://www.sears.com/craf...
by smallbitz
Tue May 20, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Purple Splotch
Replies: 0
Views: 2659

Purple Splotch

I slumped this piece on a ss mold coated with MR95. It came out with what looked like 'pock marks' on the bottom, so I cold worked bottom by hand with diamond pads, used the wet belt sander on the edges and re-fired to firepolish. I put a piece of thinfire on the ss mold instead of firing directly o...
by smallbitz
Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Re: Damming Flip and Fire

Thanks, Jen. I'm going to do some cold work, slump and leave it alone!
by smallbitz
Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: What not to do
Replies: 5
Views: 4155

Re: What not to do

What a shame! Beautiful colors!
by smallbitz
Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Re: Damming Flip and Fire

Okay, here's the piece that I want to flip and fire. Came out of the kiln this morn. Edges need to be worked on the WBS, but I'm leaning towards NOT capping with clear...
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by smallbitz
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Re: Damming Flip and Fire

I did not get a chance to fire it today. Probably a good thing. I really don't need to clear cap it to hide anything; I just wanted to give it a more substantial presence. Not really necessary. I actually ended up making it kinda narrow and oblong. I'm quite pleased with the piece so far. I'm leanin...
by smallbitz
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Re: Damming Flip and Fire

Thanks. I think it's ready to go into the kiln today. I'll let you know how it turns out!
by smallbitz
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Re: Damming Flip and Fire

Thanks so much everyone! This is done in only two firings. I guess I didn't make myself clear enough. I arrange the pattern bars, etc., on the kiln shelf and have an entire 3mm design layer.Cap that with clear. Fire. I now have a fully fused 6mm piece that I want to have the nice, crisp design layer...
by smallbitz
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Re: Damming Flip and Fire

Thanks. That sounds great. I'll give it a try.
by smallbitz
Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Damming Flip and Fire
Replies: 16
Views: 11000

Damming Flip and Fire

I have a round piece that I'm getting ready to fire that has pattern bar inclusions. I have arranged them on the kiln shelf and capped the design with clear so the total thickness is now 6mm. I'll full fuse. I want to f and f to get the nice crisp lines, but like the look of a clear cap on something...
by smallbitz
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tile Saw Trouble
Replies: 5
Views: 4010

Re: Tile Saw Trouble

Well, I looked everywhere. No place to adjust table. It's a pretty cheap tile saw, but it works ;). I'm going to use it till it dies! More pattern bars to cut tomorrow, so I think I'll trim up an old kiln shelf like Brad suggested. Hopefully that will work for the time being. Thanks for the help and...
by smallbitz
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tile Saw Trouble
Replies: 5
Views: 4010

Re: Tile Saw Trouble

Ahhh! Very clever! Thanks a bunch. I think even I can do that. Looks like it should do the trick.

When you mention that there 'should be an adjustment', you mean for the table, right? Not the fence. I can't find one for the table. I do, of course, have one for the fence.
by smallbitz
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Tile Saw Trouble
Replies: 5
Views: 4010

Tile Saw Trouble

Help! I use my tile saw all the time for pattern bars, and the feed table is no longer true. My bars are thicker at one end than the other and I can't for the life of me seem to do anything to get them even. The table is not adjustable, and I really am not in a position right now to purchase a new s...
by smallbitz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Pen/pencil that won't fire off
Replies: 10
Views: 9729

Re: Pen/pencil that won't fire off

What is a DecoColor? Never heard of it before? Think I have to have one!
by smallbitz
Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Devit & Vermiculite observation
Replies: 13
Views: 9667

Re: Devit & Vermiculite observation

I had also never had a problem with devit UNTIL I used Tekta with Thinfire. It wasn't always, which fooled me for quite a while, but I eventually figured it out. The only time I do have a problem, it when the two are combined.
by smallbitz
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Firepolish after slump?
Replies: 6
Views: 4598

Re: Firepolish after slump?

The firepolish/slump worked great. I did watch it carefully. I can see how it would NOT work in a steep bowl mold or some other shapes. It really does depend on the mold. Tried to upload a photo, but I can't seem to get it to upload. Never used to have trouble with that...

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