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601  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dramatic drops on: November 26, 2012 06:08:26 PM
CrazyEyeGlass - I appreciate your willingness to share your experience!  Thank you.  Jealous of that grinder model!  I have a little 8" Inland Swap Top hobby model.  It's not a true 8" though, because of the way the laps mount  - there is a shaft in the center, rather than the traditional magnetic disks you see on sturdier models.  I haven't ventured into the polish stages with it, but just might give it a try after seeing your results!  I'm hoping to upgrade to something similar to your modle after the Glass Expo in Vegas next April.

You stated that you are using three to four layers of 3mm glass - can I assume that your blanks are being dammed during the full fuse?  Also, your schedules are similar to mine, but a smidge different - are you using Bullseye 90, Spectrum 96, or?Huh

Thanks,

~ Tracy
602  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dramatic drops on: November 26, 2012 08:58:59 AM
Excellent!  I'm good with the tile saw, and comfortable with the lap grinder - but I've only used the lap sequence up through about a 400 -600 grit diamond pad and then finished with a fire polish.  Obviously, a drop vessel cannot be fire polished!  LOL  Any chance you'd be willing to share your polish process?  I've not seen anyone actually polish on the lap grinder at my local teaching studio.  Have you experimented further with such vessels?

Thanks,

Tracy
603  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dramatic drops on: November 25, 2012 08:43:10 PM
I know this is an older post, but I'm a newbie and have been browsing through the forums.  Love these pieces - lovely work.  I'm curious about that fantastic first piece.  Did you use a tile saw and grinder to remove the drop lip - or some other process.  I've been trying to work up the courage to take that next step but have been a bit intimidated by the amount of coldworking that such a piece would entail.

Thanks,

Tracy
604  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Slumped Bottle Cheese Trays on: November 25, 2012 08:29:29 PM
Just curious, Joby - I seem to have a problem with devitrification when I try slumping or flattening wine bottles.  Wondering how you avoid that?  Also, I've been playing with a # of different firing schedules.  Are you achieving these fabulous results with a standard full fuse or do you incorporate multiple bubble squeeze segments?  Thanks!

~ Tracy
605  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fused Glass Snow People on: November 25, 2012 03:19:27 PM
LOVE that you took this on with kindergarten kiddos!  Bet their folks are quite impressed with the teacher! 
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