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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make this Martini Glass Chandelier on: November 29, 2008 08:18:32 AM
Sounds like a very cool and feasible idea.

My concerns are how hot the lamp, underneath these glasses, will get and will the heat cause them to break. If you can run the glasses through the dishwasher they probably can withstand the heat. Halogen bulbs are extremely hot so any light unit with these bulbs may require more testing and research.

Also, it will be a pain to dust, you may try using the aerosol spray dust remover for computers and electronics.

Good Luck,
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glass Etching Questions on: November 29, 2008 08:06:27 AM
Sign shops have very wide masking tape. Also you can use contact paper, but the glue is a pain to get off if you leave it on for over 24 hrs in a hot climate. Been there, done that. Naptha in the paint dept of home improvement stores removes glue residue. Then a little glass cleaner with a Mr. Clean magic eraser makes everything perfect again.

You may try using a flashlight or lamp to shine on or through your dark glass projects, to help you see. I love the contast of etching on dark glass/mirror. However the etching cream etching may not show up as well as sandblasted etching on dark glass. Practice and keeps photos and notes on what works and doesn't. Good luck.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: molds for kiln glass question on: November 29, 2008 07:56:09 AM
Hi, How much do you know about hot/fused glass? It's best to take a lesson at a local glass studio or read basic glass fusing books. Google to find warm glass forums to learn from the experienced glass artists. I have used books from Shar Moorman and Gil Reynolds and Boyce Lundstrum on basic kiln fusing. There are probably more.  I like Shar Moorman's book for creativity. Reynold's book was very basic and Lundstrum was basic through intermediate. He also has 2 other books. In some of the books you may have to convert temps from C to F and degree in minutes to hours to match your kiln.

As for molds, I've used just about every thing: ceramic and metal, thick and thin. Most molds were found from ceramic shops and thift stores. Stainless steel bowls hold up, but wire mesh does not hold up under the temp and weight; unless supported with something else that withstands high heat. The glaze on store bought molds needs to be sandblasted off and air holes need to be drilled in any you are sagging into. Slumping over stainless doesn't require holes.

Here's the thing if you don't know this already, you need to prepare the molds with kiln wash so the glass doesn't stick permanently to the molds. It's like dusting a cake pan with flour so the cake doesn't stick. I once had an employer who thought what a great idea it would be to melt his remnant plate glass into a crucible in a kiln. Well it melted and stayed stuck inside his container. After the intial failure he gave up. Believe me if I didn't have success at first I would have sold my kiln years ago like my old employer did. The thing is you need to study on how to do it. There are so many variables: temps going up, how high, how long, how thick and what type glass. Also annealing and temps going down and cooling. I still make mistakes when trying something new, but I never make the same mistake twice. You must keep a log of what works and doesn't. I call my successful firings: my 'glass recipes'.

It's alot of fun. Every time you open your kiln up after firing, it's like opening up a present:the excitement and discovery. Good luck to you.


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