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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Wire Wrap Insanity. on: September 06, 2007 10:01:37 PM
Heehee, you made my day with those pretty pendants. Just taking a look at your other threads, now. Smiley

*hugs back*!
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: I've Got the SWIRLIES!!!!! ( 3 of them! ) on: September 06, 2007 09:58:58 PM
Wow!! Raspberry Ruckus is definitely my favourite! Pardon my ignorance, but is that glass fusing that you're doing..?
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Wire Wrap Insanity. on: September 04, 2007 08:52:19 PM
I am so in awe of your glasswork!

All of it is simply stunning, especially the peacock dichroic and that amber seaglass. I can only hope to have a fraction of your skill level one day!

Please keep posting da pretty pictures! Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: August 29, 2007 02:16:56 AM
First injury I had while making beads was a flying chip of really hot glass. Straight down my shirt. And bra. Hurt like hell!!! Needless to say, I've learnt my lesson and wear shirts with high necks when I'm making my beads, now.

I'm kinda clumsy, though, so I doubt that'll be the last injury. Tongue
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Blur Bead on: August 28, 2007 03:37:32 AM
Wow! how do you do that??
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glass Resources on: August 28, 2007 03:33:37 AM
http://www.andrighetti.com/index.htm

This is my local for flameworking. Not only is she a lovely lady and very helpful, she has everything you could possibly need to start making glass beads aaaand she runs classes, both group ($150 for the day) or private lessons by the hour. She also rents out torch and kiln time.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lampwork: Glass is discolored on: August 28, 2007 03:25:56 AM
Heat the mandrel slowly as this lessens the tendency to flake and crack. Also make sure the release is thick enough when you're coating the mandrel. It shouldn't be too watery or too thick.. Thick enough so it doesn't drip, but not so think that it clumps.

Also make sure that you're heating the glass hot enough. Try working about 1" out from the head of the torch, with a little practice you'll find the 'sweet spot' where the glass goes like honey. It sounds like you're tugging at the glass, which makes it come loose from the mandrel and is caused by not heating the glass hot enough..

Problem 3 is also caused by not working in a hot enough flame. Try turning your torch up a little bit if it's not fully on, or as I said earlier, try working a little further out from the head. It can be the colour you're working with, too. I find that some of the reds do this. Sometimes the black is just a reaction to the heat and it'll settle back down but sometimes it's just not hot enough.

Certain colours (especially the turquoise ones with copper in them) have a tendency to discolour, too. What happens is that when the flame is too cold, the copper in the glass sucks all the oxygen out of the flame, turning it a murky red. Which can look kinda cool, sometimes, but is usually just annoying. Tongue

Some colours you just can't work with in the beginner's setup. I find that no matter what I try, I just can't get the opaline pink to turn out right. Sad

Anyway, hope this has helped some. Good luck with it all, it is totally addictive and totally worth persevering!

P.S. I also find that flame dry bead release is handy. Just whack it on and dry it in the flame(slowly) and off you go. No overnight waiting. Tongue


8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flamework Beginner's Kit *EDIT* Pics Added (VERY img obese) on: August 28, 2007 03:16:19 AM
The pink glasses are called didymium and they are a necessity for eliminating the sodium flare when working with hot glass. The green ones will protect your eyes from flying chips, but you won't be able to see a damn thing in the flame and they don't protect against flare..

I got the hot heads kit from Delphi and I was disappointed when I found it came with the green ones. I had to go and get the proper ones, which weren't cheap!

If the glass sticks to the mandrel, take a hammer to it to get it off and crush it a bit and use it as frit..(decoration) Lay some of the chips out on a graphite pad and roll a hot bead over it..Then melt the frit into the bead as much as you like.

Also, you've probably figured it out, but keep a spare tank of gas handy because there's nothing more frustrating than when it runs out or gets cold halfway through a session! You can counter this by standing the tank in warm water, but I find that a spare tank is better .

This chick rocks, by the way: http://www.andrighetti.com/index.htm

But unfortunately only posts to Canada. Sad
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