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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mosaic tabletop question on: July 19, 2007 10:19:03 AM
I would think the resin coating on top would work.  You would need to make certain the grout is completely cured first so moisture in the resin is not an issue.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help--How to cut a glass bottle? on: July 19, 2007 10:16:31 AM
I have cut bottle size glass tubing with several methods.  Bottles tend to have heavier glass walls and so are more difficult to get to work.  The most usable results came when I used a wet saw to cut.  You can rent the saw like ones used for cutting tile.  I have also scored the glass with a cutter and then tap the glass from the inside of the bottle to get the score to run around.  The results are less consistant.  Instead of tapping, I have also taken a rod of glass, melted the end in a torch (carefully) and touched the molten glass to the bottle.  The heat difference (thermal shock) causes rapid expansion and cracking.  Pieces of glass can go flying with any of the methods so you MUST BE CAREFUL!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When is a 1/4 inch not a 1/4 inch? on: July 01, 2007 07:51:47 PM
I have a Janome also and the instruction book that came with the machine shows to move the needle over when using the 1/4" foot.  I used a ruler to measure and wrote down the number(4.0)  It has a breakdown of adjustments that need to be made for using each foot.
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sandblasting questions on: June 22, 2007 11:11:31 AM
I use contact paper as a resist unless I'm trying to get dimension into the glass.  I haven't used the "canned" blaster but I would be careful about not getting too close to the object.  I don't think there is any way to regulate the pressure from the can, but if you pull further back the pressure will lessen the chance of blasting off the stencil.
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: etching questions on: June 22, 2007 11:06:34 AM
Large areas of chemical etching are difficult to acheive without streaks.  I switch to sandblasting if the area is more open in the design.  Also make sure to use alcohol on the glass before applying the resist.  Hand oils will also cause problems.
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Drilling glass? on: June 22, 2007 11:00:05 AM
Besides keeping the glass and bit cooler, the water will also keep the glass dust from flying.  The dust embeds in your lungs.  Over time it can build up causing a condition similar to miner's Black lung.  It is the same reason there is water in glass grinders and tile cutters.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: glass working questions, please respond on: June 04, 2007 01:08:13 PM
I am available for some questions.  I have done mostly torch work (lampworking) in borosilicate and Morretti crystal.  I have also worked with neon tubing.  You may find that the courses the U offers are "glory hole" blowing where they melt large crucibles of glass and gather it on the end of a tube (punty) to blow into.  I have very little hands-on experience there but have watched and read on it.
I hope I can help.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: first stencils ever on: June 04, 2007 06:50:29 AM
When I have a more intricate design, I go to the local sign shop that does vinyl letters and such with a vectorized file and have them cut it on their plotter.  I have gotten my local shop to cut the vinyl backing instead of the vinyl so I have a reusable stiff stencil made from the release paper instead of the vinyl.  It lasts longer too.  It might be able to be applied like freezer paper.  I've never tried that tho.  I've used temporary stencil spray to stick them down.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How many quilts do you have? on: June 02, 2007 09:09:19 PM
I have kept the first one I did which was queen size.  I gave the second (wall hanging) to my mother and the third in process (twin size) is going to my oldest grandson.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help Making a Stencil on: June 02, 2007 07:04:44 AM
Are you planning on hand cutting the stencil?

Here is my try using Photoshop and Illustrator.
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