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by Michele-MD
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique
Replies: 6
Views: 8196

Re: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique

Straw sounds like a good plan. I meant to answer your comment about the float glass. I am making "energy" eggs, a variation on an old Chinese tradition. The idea is that the egg sits in water and absorbs negative energy which transfers to the water and is dumped. Lots of negative energy ar...
by Michele-MD
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique
Replies: 6
Views: 8196

Re: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique

Thanks, Kevin, for the eye candy, beautiful work! Many years ago I heard the Higuchi's speak at Corning and bought a bag of the plaster they use, just found it in a bin the other day. I hope I can ask for some sprue advice. I know the concept, but not sure how to use one. When I search what comes up...
by Michele-MD
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Glass not filling void in lost wax technique
Replies: 6
Views: 8196

Glass not filling void in lost wax technique

After not casting in years, I am trying to get back into it. I am doing a basic drip casting from a flower pot reservoir of soda lime glass into a mold created using the lost wax method. I am just trying to make a simple shape, a chicken size egg, pointy end down. One of the problems I am having is ...
by Michele-MD
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stabilize kiln brick in GL top?
Replies: 2
Views: 3542

Re: Stabilize kiln brick in GL top?

Thanks for your response! I was so anxious to get on with this I went to the HW store yesterday and got those type of screws. I tried to shove some cement in the holes but doubt that I was very successful. At the moment the bricks are no longer sagging and the piece that dropped out is in place. I t...
by Michele-MD
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Stabilize kiln brick in GL top?
Replies: 2
Views: 3542

Stabilize kiln brick in GL top?

Hi, I have an old Paragon GL 24 and a chunk of brick fell out of the front of the top. I decided that I would cement it back in and then realized the whole top is sagging. In the kiln housing there are already holes through which screws could have been added that would have gone into that section of...
by Michele-MD
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Two layer vase
Replies: 7
Views: 5928

Re: Two layer vase

Thanks for the responses. I am using single layers, want to keep the weight down. I also thought about trying to keep the two pieces from sticking together, best I could think of was adding a layer of thin fiber paper, though I thought that could be a challenge to remove and sort of still think this...
by Michele-MD
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Two layer vase
Replies: 7
Views: 5928

Re: Two layer vase

Brad, do you mean pre-fuse each piece separately? I really want them to be two separate pieces so that they each can "do their own thing" when they fall. 4 hour hold? Will give that a try. Thanks!
by Michele-MD
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Two layer vase
Replies: 7
Views: 5928

Two layer vase

I have tried a couple times to form a vase on a floral former using two separate, unfired square layers of glass, put at 90 degrees to each other. The design is that the inner layer is transparent and the outer layer is opaque. The transparent is a little larger so that it will "peak" out ...
by Michele-MD
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Compatibility Question
Replies: 6
Views: 5928

Re: Compatibility Question

Sigh, thanks for the education. Don't think this is such a good idea after all. Penny wise, pound foolish.....
by Michele-MD
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Compatibility Question
Replies: 6
Views: 5928

Compatibility Question

First, this question has absolutely nothing to do with any price increase or availability of glasses. I have a large quantity of Spectrum stained glass from "way back when" when I first started doing glass. I am doing open face castings with a bunch of kids and I wondered if this glass mig...
by Michele-MD
Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Kiln Casting
Topic: Experience casting pot melt into molds?
Replies: 6
Views: 8889

Re: Experience casting pot melt into molds?

Hi, Cynthia, I have been thinking about dripping glass into both a "plaster" mold and also into a pre-formed depression in sand/bentonite. I have a couple of questions to try and "smarten up" before doing this. I was going to either use one of the R&R mixes or maybe mix #1 po...
by Michele-MD
Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: enamels at fusing temperatures
Replies: 7
Views: 7946

Re: enamels at fusing temperatures

Bert, That is gorgeous. So glad you posted the closeup of the surface. Translucency is exactly what I am looking for. I want depth of visually overlapping colors that are on different surfaces. I had not considered working on float, but could certainly do that. Can you please tell me what is the sig...
by Michele-MD
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: enamels at fusing temperatures
Replies: 7
Views: 7946

Re: enamels at fusing temperatures

Can the ceramic stains that you are using be used at full fuse temperatures?
Michele
by Michele-MD
Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: enamels at fusing temperatures
Replies: 7
Views: 7946

enamels at fusing temperatures

Hello, I've been reading lots of the history on the board regarding enamels and their uses and am grateful for all the information that is here. But, I still have some questions. I want to put enamels between layers and fire to full fuse temps for BE glass, so at least 1450 F or so. I would like tra...
by Michele-MD
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Band Saw Recommendation
Replies: 2
Views: 3481

Band Saw Recommendation

Hi, everyone, I have had a DL 3000 for years and it has been "ok". I never thought it was very well manufactured as the parts did not exactly line up as described in the manual, but it has been good enough. I am thinking of getting a new saw and would like to know which ones people like, a...
by Michele-MD
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Turning on hot head torch on cylinder
Replies: 4
Views: 4150

Re: Turning on hot head torch on cylinder

I bet that would work. Sounds like it could be an easy solution for what I want to do. Thanks! Michele
by Michele-MD
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Turning on hot head torch on cylinder
Replies: 4
Views: 4150

Turning on hot head torch on cylinder

Hi, everyone Is there a gizmo that can be attached to a hot head torch on a gas cylinder that will let you turn it on with just one hand, bypassing the turn knob - and also get it lit? I need to be able to do this quickly while the other hand is manipulating some glass! It would be nice if I could d...
by Michele-MD
Wed May 14, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Silver fuming
Replies: 4
Views: 4005

Silver fuming

I have a question about fuming silver. I have heard that a dedicated kiln shelf should be used for it as there can be residual silver left on the shelf. Can the fumes also cause silver to be on the kiln brick and cause problems for later firings? If you have any experience with this I would apprecia...
by Michele-MD
Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: Techniques and Tools
Topic: Flat Lap Disk Question
Replies: 3
Views: 3535

Flat Lap Disk Question

We have a Crystal Master Pro12 flat lap (magnetic disk type) and recently we are having a problem with disks flying off. These are not new disks. We have one disk that has a flexible back, it stays on. Another (newer) disk with a harder back is the one that is flying off. I've looked at the schemati...

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