Pot Melt Residue
- January 13, 2014 at 2:26 am #9483Charlotte HParticipant
Hi, everyone. I’m posting this because I made my first pot melt some months ago now, and I’m very enamored of the result. However, I let the glass melt onto a circle of 1/8″ fiber paper (contained inside a steel ring), and fiber stuck to the glass. I’ve since scrubbed the glass vigorously, and at length, with a wire brush, soaked it in vinegar, and treated it with etching cream to try to remove the remainder of the fiber, but it seems like some particles remain. I don’t own a lapidary wheel, and I’d rather not labor over the glass with rotary wheels. Any suggestions for removing the last of the fibers?
And what does everyone suggest I do to avoid stuck fibers in the first place, next time? Is it better to use a spray-on mold release? Does kiln wash hold up at 1700 degrees F? FYI, I made a 6″ circle and used the following schedule in my Paragon Caldera:
600/1700/2hr; full/1500/45min; full/960/3hr; 200/600/5minJanuary 14, 2014 at 3:27 am #13186wordanaParticipant
You might try wet/dry sand paper (use it wet). Start with fairly coarse grit and work towards a finer grit. Kiln wash is typically the separator that is used, since fiber paper will leave significant texture (and ThinFire/Papyros may “move” and become embedded).
Steve Immerman has a pot melt tutorial on his web site: http://www.clearwaterglass.com/Tutorials/AperturePour.html
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