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Forum: Beads of Courage 2017-06-26, 6:20am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,027
Posted By RSimmons
Thanks to everyone for your kind words. This was...

Thanks to everyone for your kind words. This was an extremely difficult decision to make. I'm hoping to soon have more time for making beads for the kids. Full support for Jean and her team - great...
Forum: Beads of Courage 2017-06-20, 7:53am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,027
Posted By RSimmons
Standing Down

After many years of service to Beads of Courage I have concluded that it is time for me to retire from my post as Director of Bead Donations. I still fully support both the organization and the...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-06-07, 7:52am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,199
Posted By RSimmons
Almost all of the boro flat glass is tempered...

Almost all of the boro flat glass is tempered plate, which means that you can't cut it to size or shape. You have to de-temper it before you can do much with it. It's not cheap and would take an...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-06-07, 7:45am
Replies: 13
Views: 2,216
Posted By RSimmons
Older stock of EDP is still floating around. One...

Older stock of EDP is still floating around. One important thing to remember is that old EDP is a leaded glass, about 27%. This may be a problem for some people so it's a good thing to keep in mind....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2017-01-26, 4:46pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,984
Posted By RSimmons
Old EDP had a high lead content, haven't looked...

Old EDP had a high lead content, haven't looked at the new stuff but that would make a difference in the way it acts.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2017-01-26, 4:42pm
Replies: 13
Views: 7,563
Posted By RSimmons
Glad you got that, I'm still waiting on an answer.

Glad you got that, I'm still waiting on an answer.
Forum: Beads of Courage 2017-01-05, 9:30am
Replies: 13
Views: 7,563
Posted By RSimmons
I'm still waiting on an answer - I'll give HQ...

I'm still waiting on an answer - I'll give HQ another poke about this.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2016-12-13, 10:12am
Replies: 13
Views: 7,563
Posted By RSimmons
HQ is going to get back to me, soon I hope. ...

HQ is going to get back to me, soon I hope.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2016-12-12, 7:32am
Replies: 13
Views: 7,563
Posted By RSimmons
I'll check into it. Robert

I'll check into it.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2016-03-08, 10:10am
Replies: 14
Views: 6,139
Posted By RSimmons
Thanks for taking the time to write this out,...

Thanks for taking the time to write this out, Brad. You are correct in that it is the metallic sheen on the glass surface that is the real problem - we can't tell silver from lead or cadmium by just...
Forum: Safety 2016-01-15, 11:23am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,198
Posted By RSimmons
Neither of those is really powerful enough. What...

Neither of those is really powerful enough. What is face opening of the box?

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-10-21, 12:27pm
Replies: 13
Views: 3,959
Posted By RSimmons
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I will pass...

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I will pass your information along to BoC headquarters and see what we can do to help you.

Robert Simmons
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-10-06, 5:46am
Replies: 14
Views: 6,139
Posted By RSimmons
That's correct, it's what is on the surface that...

That's correct, it's what is on the surface that makes the difference. You can use virtually any glass you want so long as any of the metallic surface glasses are fully encased.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-10-03, 4:32pm
Replies: 14
Views: 6,139
Posted By RSimmons
There are too many color names to keep up with...

There are too many color names to keep up with and list. As Kathy said (thanks), any glass that produces a metallic surface has to be encased in non-lead clear. Even if the manufacturer says it...
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-10-01, 10:28am
Replies: 14
Views: 6,139
Posted By RSimmons
The list of things to NOT use is pretty short. No...

The list of things to NOT use is pretty short. No metallic surface beads from reduction glass or frits. Some contain silver, some contain other metals and it's impossible at this time for our...
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-08-31, 11:03am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,580
Posted By RSimmons
Fired paints and enamels are fine for Act of...

Fired paints and enamels are fine for Act of Courage beads so long as you are sure to use the lead-free versions of these products. I think that Thompson's has pulled all their lead colors, some of...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-06-28, 5:26pm
Replies: 3
Views: 866
Posted By RSimmons
Mix it carefully, outdoors, with washing soda...

Mix it carefully, outdoors, with washing soda (from the detergent aisle, not baking soda) and water. This neutralizes the acid and you can the dispose of it down the drain.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-06-22, 9:45am
Replies: 11
Views: 3,378
Posted By RSimmons
I am very glad to hear that your daughter is...

I am very glad to hear that your daughter is doing well and appreciate your sharing her story with us. As Sharon said, there are many bead makers on this forum who donate their glass, gas and most...
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-06-18, 11:54am
Replies: 13
Views: 4,398
Posted By RSimmons
I'll check into the status of this and let you...

I'll check into the status of this and let you know what's happened to it.

Robert
Forum: Beads of Courage 2015-05-28, 5:44am
Replies: 60
Views: 12,963
Posted By RSimmons
Hi Tillie, I can't see why those wouldn't be...

Hi Tillie,
I can't see why those wouldn't be just fine and probably very popular. They sound cool.
Thanks
Robert
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-05-17, 6:55am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,798
Posted By RSimmons
It's all about heat control and keeping the flame...

It's all about heat control and keeping the flame off the mandrel as much as possible. I oncemade a set of 2.5 inch long hair pipe beads for a necklace that my wife made on 1/32 mandrels (12 black,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-05-16, 5:08am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,798
Posted By RSimmons
You can re-harden these mandrels by getting them...

You can re-harden these mandrels by getting them hot and cooling rapidly by dipping in cold water. I very rarely have to do this but it does work if you need it. The only sizes I've had problems with...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-05-15, 6:41pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,798
Posted By RSimmons
I've been using 316L steel for many years with...

I've been using 316L steel for many years with excellent results.

Robert
Forum: Boro Room 2015-05-05, 8:48am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,807
Posted By RSimmons
Loren Stump gives the best hands-on experience...

Loren Stump gives the best hands-on experience with murrini making, in soft glass or boro.

Robert
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-05-04, 5:21pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,197
Posted By RSimmons
I run a Mirage at 25psi and have been pleased...

I run a Mirage at 25psi and have been pleased with the performance and savings on delivery costs. I don't use the outer flame a lot but do need it from time to time. When I factor in the time for...
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