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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-08-19, 11:38am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,523
Posted By alexm
silver blue looks great on pastels because it...

silver blue looks great on pastels because it reacts with them much like EDP. It will cause the pastel to form darker lines between the dots or swirls of silver blue. Try it on periwinkle, copper...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-08-19, 8:29am
Replies: 34
Views: 5,445
Posted By alexm
A color wheel is a very helpful tool. Look in...

A color wheel is a very helpful tool. Look in color theory books for one or you can find them in art supply stores. Color wheels are a great tool for finding great new color combinations. ...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-06-20, 8:24am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,579
Posted By alexm
I am happy to anneal beads for free as long as...

I am happy to anneal beads for free as long as you provide return postage.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-06-20, 7:43am
Replies: 3
Views: 969
Posted By alexm
Yes. I have made a lot of beads like that and...

Yes. I have made a lot of beads like that and I've found that the transparent blues and aquamarines are more prone to thermal cracking. The darker the color the worse it is. I never use cobalt on...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-24, 9:00am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,017
Posted By alexm
I use nail files that I get at the beauty supply....

I use nail files that I get at the beauty supply. I start with a coarse one and then move on to a fine file.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-23, 2:29pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,436
Posted By alexm
I use 1/4" mandrels with 1/4" tubing. This give...

I use 1/4" mandrels with 1/4" tubing. This give a 5.3mm hole. The largest of the European style bracelets is 4.3mm in diameter so my beads fit all the bracelets.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-23, 12:40pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,255
Posted By alexm
It doesn't matter what softness you use for...

It doesn't matter what softness you use for decorating your beads with silver.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-22, 5:15pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,035
Posted By alexm
You don't want to use 22g because it's too big...

You don't want to use 22g because it's too big for beads. I use 28g for adding silver to my beads.
Forum: Free Tutorials 2008-05-22, 3:41pm
Replies: 77
Views: 37,928
Posted By alexm
I'll see if I can get my friend to take some...

I'll see if I can get my friend to take some pictures next time she's over.
Forum: Free Tutorials 2008-05-22, 2:50pm
Replies: 77
Views: 37,928
Posted By alexm
No, I looked, they're not there and I haven't...

No, I looked, they're not there and I haven't deleted any either. It's a mystery. Still waiting for Corri to get back to me.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-22, 2:12pm
Replies: 36
Views: 3,860
Posted By alexm
I often coat my mandrels and use them weeks or...

I often coat my mandrels and use them weeks or even months later. Other people have reported that they have to use freshly coated mandrels or else the release breaks. I think it might have...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-22, 1:37pm
Replies: 36
Views: 3,860
Posted By alexm
Sometimes new mandrels have a coating on them. ...

Sometimes new mandrels have a coating on them. Have you checked for that? Some people sand their new mandrels, I heat the bare mandrel in the flame until reddened. Let cool and coat with bead...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-22, 9:57am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,711
Posted By alexm
You can do a compatibility test for every color,...

You can do a compatibility test for every color, it's time consuming, but it'll work. BE and Effetre are different COEs, so it's easy to tell which is which.

Melt a gather of each glass and put...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-22, 8:39am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Posted By alexm
Work at the edge of your flame, don't put the...

Work at the edge of your flame, don't put the stringer into the flame, otherwise you will end up with too much molten glass and your dots will be too big.

Another technique is set a consistent...
Forum: Free Tutorials 2008-05-22, 8:02am
Replies: 77
Views: 37,928
Posted By alexm
I was told the pictures were missing from this...

I was told the pictures were missing from this tutorial. I have no idea where they went, I didn't remove them. I can't find the pictures in my picture archives. I had a computer crash last year...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-21, 1:37pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,122
Posted By alexm
I use 1/2 and 1/2, Fusion and Alice's. It holds...

I use 1/2 and 1/2, Fusion and Alice's. It holds beautifully and releases easily. Just don't flame dry it.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-18, 7:48am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,025
Posted By alexm
Looks good to me.

Looks good to me.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-17, 7:43am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
Posted By alexm
Hi David and Margie, Welcome to the glass...

Hi David and Margie,

Welcome to the glass obccession, LOL. I'm warning ya, it's very addicting!

To answer your questions:

1. no. You'll need a kiln. Cooling beads in a fiber blanket does...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 2:34pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By alexm
Interesting problem. I have the same kiln and it...

Interesting problem. I have the same kiln and it generates a lot of heat. I'm curious to see what others say.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 2:32pm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,618
Posted By alexm
You can do it either way. Don't worry about the...

You can do it either way. Don't worry about the kiln wash sticking to the beads, you are not getting the beads hot enough for that to happen. I would only put the beads directly on the floor of the...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 10:29am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,207
Posted By alexm
You don't have to use beeswax in the presses. ...

You don't have to use beeswax in the presses. Glass wont stick to brass.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 10:28am
Replies: 25
Views: 3,148
Posted By alexm
Lynda, what a great idea! I didn't think of...

Lynda, what a great idea! I didn't think of that. I've been looking for something other than dental picks that wouldn't melt in the flame. Thanks!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 10:26am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,992
Posted By alexm
You're welcome! I'm glad I was able to clear it...

You're welcome! I'm glad I was able to clear it up for you. If you still have trouble post questions here and I'll be glad to answer them.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 8:59am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,992
Posted By alexm
It occurred to me that when I garage and anneal...

It occurred to me that when I garage and anneal soft glass, I don't manipulate the kiln temperate, I just use a constant temperature of 968F, so I don't see kiln striking. It would be interesting to...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2008-05-16, 8:54am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,992
Posted By alexm
Work rubino cool, otherwise you run the risk of...

Work rubino cool, otherwise you run the risk of ruining the color. Turn down your torch if needed and work further out in the flame. Make your bead, then strike as outlined above.
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