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Gale aka artistefem
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Low Tech - Low Cost Frit Crusher

Postby Gale aka artistefem » Thu Apr 17, 2003 10:00 am

Working on it - :roll:

Not a directly posted image, but the next best thing:

http://community.webshots.com/user/artistefemgale

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Postby Tony Smith » Thu Apr 17, 2003 12:51 pm

Thanks Gale,

But what is it? Part of an axle?

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Postby Lisa Allen » Thu Apr 17, 2003 1:15 pm

Well, if that thing is as heavy as it looks, you will have arms like Schwarzenegger by mid summer! Thanks for the link.

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Postby Glenda Kronke » Thu Apr 17, 2003 1:17 pm

Hey, that looks almost just like mine. 4" dia. steel tube with 8x8 steel plate welded on bottom. Handle is something like 3 7/8" steel rod with handle welded to it. One fits very neatly inside the other. Took the welder about 10 min. to make, and costs me nuthin'....yeah, that's the ticket.

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Postby ET » Thu Apr 17, 2003 4:53 pm

Gale, Do you use a magnet after you crush in an attempt to eliminate any tiny bits of metal?

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Postby Gale aka artistefem » Thu Apr 17, 2003 10:02 pm

Tony.......you can check out my frit crusher description in the kiln-forming discussion under Elaine's 'morter & pestle for frit crushing' post.

Yup - working on arms (and buns) of steel! Hasn't helped :shock::shock:

ET, I wash/rinse my frit several times, stirring it each time to release the very small amount of metal flakes that are mixed in with the frit and then carefully pour the water off the glass. The metal tends to float away.

I spread the frit out on paper towels, and visually check it for any remaining metal. If I find some, I get out my magnet.

Takes some time to make your own frit, but it's worth it, especially if you want to mix unusual colors combinations.

But, when I'm short on time and long on a project, I use BE's ready-to-go frit which I keep on hand. Thank you Lani & Dan.

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Postby Elaine Pieters » Wed Apr 23, 2003 6:18 am

Gale,

Thanks for the picture, this was exactly what I had in mind. I'll show it to the forge who is making this baby for me. I'm glad to see that many others have had similar ones made, and that it usually cost very little ... the forge was beginning to say that they'd have to charge me a lot for the job so now I can set them straight on that one!!

Elaine

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Postby Colin & Helen » Wed Apr 23, 2003 9:26 am

Hi Gale ....It looks like my Mk one model ..this was home made from scraps pipe and the head of a old sledge hammer all welded together... the Mk two was a professional job in stainless steel..cost me all of $80 and works a dream....Colin

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Postby Kevin Midgley » Wed Apr 23, 2003 7:24 pm

Put glass inside multiple plastic bags. Place a scrap of plywood on a concrete surface. Put bag of glass on top of plywood. Smash glass in bag with sledge hammer. Cheaper still and no metal at all. Kevin

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Postby Bev Brandt » Thu Apr 24, 2003 9:09 am

Kevin Midgley wrote:Put glass inside multiple plastic bags. Place a scrap of plywood on a concrete surface. Put bag of glass on top of plywood. Smash glass in bag with sledge hammer. Cheaper still and no metal at all. Kevin


Hmm...this gave me an idea. The biggest concrete surface I have is my driveway. Can I replace the sledge hammer with a Ford F150 XLT?

I'm fortunate in that my neighbors are as eccentric as I am...
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Postby bkfoltz » Thu Apr 24, 2003 10:57 am

I put the glass in a metal 9x13 pan, put into my kitchen oven. Turn on the oven and set for 500 degrees. When the oven get to 500 I take out the pan and dump the glass into a 5 gallon bucket with cold water. This cracks the glass, but it still stay in one piece. . Take the glass out and let it dry on paper towel, I then break into pcs with my pipe frit crusher. It only takes a very small amount of pressure to break it up - one or two hits. the breaking in the frit crusher took less than an hour for me to do 20#.


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