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« on: October 16, 2006 10:41:50 AM »

1) Anyone have the 411 on HG kilns (made by Sundance)? In particular, the HG6B6? Link: http://www.artglass1.com/hg6b6.htm

2) How would one make marbles that are flat on one side (like the kind people make "marble magnets" with? There are also used in aquariums or vases, I think. You might consider them to be a bead without a hole...

I am down with basic bead making, and I've seen some molds that look like half circles... If someone could point me to a tutorial or a website with the appropriate tool, that'd be AWESOME!
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2006 06:55:20 AM »

I can't answer your kiln question, I'm in the process of deciding which is best for me too! I can help with your marble question!

It will take trial and error but really all you need to do is take clear glass, cut it into the shape you want, layer it for the approximate thickness you want and put it in the kiln.  There are ceramic molds you can buy to make them come out perfectly round. But you can cut the glass into a circle and just fuse it too.

I would do a couple of different styles and thicknesses and firing times to determine how to get what I was looking for.

I hope this is helpful.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006 08:45:48 AM »

Thanks! I wonder if there's a way to do it that's more like bead making? I'll try it this way though, definitely.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2006 08:52:01 AM »

You can make them using a torch. Think of all the pendants you see that are flat on the back and domed on the front. Instead of using a bead mandril, you would attach a handle made from a glass rod first to the back [to make the domed front] then to the side to smooth out the back.

Of course, if you're just going to make clear, flat-backed marbles for the purpose of magnets, you're probably better off buying them. From a time/money standpoint.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006 08:38:51 AM »

Of course, if you're just going to make clear, flat-backed marbles for the purpose of magnets, you're probably better off buying them. From a time/money standpoint.

She's right about that one. I got a bag of the one inch clear glass marbles at the dollar store a few months ago. I use them as accents for mosaics and for marble magnets all the time. I have seen them in Michael's and Joann's for about $4.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2006 05:26:35 PM »

Of course, if you're just going to make clear, flat-backed marbles for the purpose of magnets, you're probably better off buying them. From a time/money standpoint.

No, I was going to make them for jewelry, but I was trying to figure out a good way to describe it. Thanks for the info, I'll have to give it a shot once I get up and running.
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