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  • #12428
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    I have a couple of stainless molds that I use Bullseye kiln wash on,  it took me a while to do it as evreyone said it was impossible and a pain etc.  I have not had any problem getting the kiln wash on and they have fired great, but I got two ready to use two weks ago and my student load made it impossible to do.  When I went to pick soe things up for tomorrows class I noticed that they had a brown mold (?) on them, now I live in Hawaii and it has been humid but this is something I have nevre seen before. The kiln wash was dry so I have no idea what caused it, any ideas?

     

    I have never used the spray but just ordered some for the studio.

    Jo

    #12414
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    We fuse a lot of bottles at the studio, and no matter how they got set up they would roll, evrything is lever, our ceramice guru and I have checked it twice, we decided it the heat inside the bottles making them roll, it sounded good anyway!

    There wher two bottles in there, different colors, company etc thet rolled into each other and wheer still intact until someone dropped them (threw them).

    I asked my girlfriend to check her bottles and she said they where still fine, but have been in a box getting ready for the movers and the plate I made got broken on one side when it got knocked, she took it to a pick and paint store and they fir polished it (full fuse) for her and it came back in pieces.

    I fired some recycled window glass.  A lot of homes in Hawaii have long panes of glass about half an inch thick, I cut them up and put the in the kiln on a fire polish, I set them on a plate mold just to control them and they looked amazing after, the glass was really old and rather nasty looking.  Now it looks great, the green tint is gone and is is bright and sparkling.  It fused together but I am going to break it up again and re-fire it.  I did the same thing a coupe of years ago with float glass and it shattered in the kiln.

    Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t.

    Jo

    #12408
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    With the understanding that it could all crack at any time, you can take it to a tack fuse.

    I have done a couple of things thes way, some bottles and two pieces of art glass, I cut and did any fire polishing that was nessecary and then did a low tack fuse, then with the art glass I slumped it into a sushi platter mold.  As far as I know it is all still doing ok. It was done for a friend, the bottles had sentemnental value and she just loved the glass.

    Good luck,

    Jo

    #10639
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    I have tried just about everything. I used a two part epoxy for a long time, until I was packing for a show and things started popping off. We spent all night cleaning and glueing. I used E600, after a couplke of hours I heat set evrything for 30 minuets at 200.

    I have been using it with a 95% success rate since then.  I hvae ocassionaly had a bail and cab that just don’t seem to want to be together.

    We recently moved from Virginia to Hawaii, and about 80% of all the bails came off or where lose. The container they where in was the only one to have any damage, something got wet and as it was July every thing was very hot, that is the only think I can think of that mad them pop.

    I cleaned, glued and cured with no problems.

    #11888
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    I just did a paperweight and a tray with rods, not sure what kind they had been sitting around the studio for a long time and we think they got might have been Bullseye, but it was before  I got there. I cut up pieces of transparent and filled up a done mold then added a alayer of opaqe, looked very nice.

    The tray I just laid them out side by side and tack fused them twice, they are all just a little different in lenght and it looks really cool.

    #12279
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    My jen ken kiln came with legs made from angle iron available from about any hardware store.

    My husband had built me a kiln box from cement boards to enclose three sides of the kil, with the added height of this and the legs that came with it it worked out great, as I now have a huge garage I don’t need to worry about the kiln box (loys of space and no car parked there) and as soon as we remember to measure we will go get longer angle iron so that it is a litle higher.

    If you use the file cabinet it is going to get hot if you dont use somthing to raise it up.  I have seen someone else use a file cabinet, they filled the bottom drawer with bricks so that it would be solid and not wobble and then she used sidewalk bricks for airflow.

    Worked well.

    #12243
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    I have a Taurus ring saw and I love, did not like the band saw, but the blades are very expensive so I only use it for very fine work. I have a tile saw that I use for everything else, it is relativly cheap and the blades are easily replaced as nessecary, it is tough and I leave it outside with a cover over it all the time.

    I am off to home depot to chek out that blade, anything to cut down on grinding

    #12299
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    Bullseye steel blue changes color when fired, it gets a metalic look to it but I have always had problems cutting small pieces, for me at least it likes to do it’s own thing.

     

    #10812
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    I had a huge stash of mica left over from my paper and poly caly days.

    I useda sticky pad and rubber stamp to grab the powders and hold them in place and then capped them with clear, came out amazing, some of the owders gave off lots of bbbles but it worked out really well and added to the design.

    I have been working on my new class schedule and added a section for inclusions and my powders are going to be part of that class, will post pictures after they are done.

     

    #12319
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    When I first got my microwave kiln at home I wanted to add some decals to some cabs I had fired in my kiln, they all went ka-boom.  After I stopped being mad I looked back at what went wrong and I agree with Piranga, I heated the glass to fast, so I went back and tried a couple of things, I put the piece of glass in the microwave ( no kiln) for 30 seconds on high and then when it was warm to the touch I put it in the kiln and used the defrost setting for 30 seconds and then the full power, no exposions. I also heated the piece with my heat tool until it was very warm and then put it in the kiln, again no explosions.

    Try experimenting with the pieces that broke if you still have them.

    One of my student has gotten really good at doing textured pieces in the microwwave, so anything can be done, it just take time and experimentation.

    #12303
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    I have a lot of stained glass sheets and I use them to slump pieces or to try out new molds.

    I use the same slumping schedule as a regular slump but I lowered it by 40 degrees and only hold for half of my regular slump.  It tool some trial and error but it seems to work.  I am going to try some on the big Skutt and see how they tuen out, I will post after so that you can see,

    #12337
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    I bought a glass pack in some beautiful colors but it had a lot of seeds in it, so I fused everything upside down, all the bubbles went to the back pice of glass and dissapated, after I cold worked I slumped it right side up and thye all turned out really well. So I know do this with anything that looks like it might want to bubble.

    I have also done this with pieces that had bubbles show up out of nowhere, I simply flip it over and full fuse again.  It does not work on all bubbles but they do seem to head for the back so that the top is smoth.

    #12347
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    I have never had any issues with the rubbing alcohol but did have a problem with brown paper towels especially if they are recycled. Someone told me ther is a dye or some kind of stabilizer (?) in them that will do this.  A lampworker/potter firend swears by newspaper.

    #12341
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    I have had the same thing happen to me when I don’t pay attention.  The glue stays on and if the piece is next to the kiln shelf it discolors the glass.  I used some pixe dust and mica powders in a random desig and then added a thin piece of glass. This hid it really well.

    #12354
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    One of the great things about glass is you can always fix it.

    You can do a full fuse, but remember this my change the overall shape a little or you can do a slump but just on the kiln shelf, this may not give you as flat a pice and you may need to do it twice the the overall shape will stay truer.

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