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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-12-18, 2:05am
Replies: 7
Views: 2,062
Posted By steiconi
the common name for these glasses is...

the common name for these glasses is "alabastards"
'nuf said?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-05-11, 12:23am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By steiconi
there was a thread on this about a year ago, with...

there was a thread on this about a year ago, with more ideas.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-03-14, 12:57pm
Replies: 24
Views: 3,679
Posted By steiconi
I also use cement backer board as a table top (I...

I also use cement backer board as a table top (I happened to have a sheet lying around). I spray painted the area behind the flame black for visibility.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-03-08, 12:32pm
Replies: 12
Views: 3,160
Posted By steiconi
There are several old threads about EMS, too. ...

There are several old threads about EMS, too. Search for "electric" mandrel spinner (this is the only thread using "electronic")

There's even a thread about making your own ...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-09-20, 11:33am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,546
Posted By steiconi
Let the release air dry for an hour or more, then...

Let the release air dry for an hour or more, then heat slowly in the flame.

The kiln release might be fine, mix it with clean water to the consistency of heavy cream.
dip, dry, slowly heat, then...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-09-19, 12:09pm
Replies: 22
Views: 2,636
Posted By steiconi
You can get aventurine chunks, rods, and...

You can get aventurine chunks, rods, and stringers at Frantz.
I buy stringers; the rods are real shocky, and it takes my hothead forever to heat up the chunks to make stringers.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-09-18, 12:03pm
Replies: 26
Views: 4,401
Posted By steiconi
Lovely, tidy workspace. Now show us where you...

Lovely, tidy workspace. Now show us where you actually torch glass. :razz:
Great idea to zip tie the fire extinguisher to the table leg. Mine's always wandering off into a corner.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-08-22, 4:36pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
Posted By steiconi
I had thought of shaping and drying the PMC...

I had thought of shaping and drying the PMC before applying to a bead.

I think there would be so little moisture even in undried PMC that it wouldn't harm the bead. Think about glass blowers,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-08-21, 1:01pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
Posted By steiconi
PMC on a torch

I read that you can torch-fire some kinds of PMC (Precious Metal Clay), but someone told me that it's very brittle.

Anybody done it? I'm thinking applying uncured clay to a bead in progress and...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-08-17, 11:23am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,167
Posted By steiconi
I've heard that using a magnet is a good quick...

I've heard that using a magnet is a good quick check for gold (if it is attracted to the magnet, it isn't gold). Might work for silver too--the magnet is attracting iron, so good jewelry would not...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-07-22, 10:30am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,518
Posted By steiconi
The copper in turquoise reacts with the sulphur...

The copper in turquoise reacts with the sulphur in ivory to make the black line. Copper makes things greenish-blue, so isn't used in purple.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-07-19, 6:39pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,072
Posted By steiconi
well duh. On me, not you--I use tiles for marvers...

well duh. On me, not you--I use tiles for marvers all the time. Glaze would seal in any moisture resident in the clay and prevent bits of clay from getting loose.

Thanks

(and still happy to...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-07-19, 1:16pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,072
Posted By steiconi
ceramic tools?

I'm taking a pottery class and was thinking of making some tools--bead roller, stamps, presses--for making beads (glass beads, that is).

I don't think I've ever seen ceramic tools; is there a...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-07-05, 3:30am
Replies: 16
Views: 3,096
Posted By steiconi
Nighthawk posted a tutorial for Spun glass...

Nighthawk posted a tutorial for Spun glass recently; it's not quite the same, but probably works in a similar way. http://lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=261865&highlight=boro
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-07-02, 10:30pm
Replies: 29
Views: 4,935
Posted By steiconi
Wow, those are gorgeous. They look like the...

Wow, those are gorgeous. They look like the Venetian blown beads.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-06-30, 3:17pm
Replies: 9
Views: 2,298
Posted By steiconi
if you decide to seek professional help, check...

if you decide to seek professional help, check for "lab glass" producers. They would probably have more experience with tubing than bead makers.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-06-15, 7:46pm
Replies: 66
Views: 12,332
Posted By steiconi
Well, let's be fair and do it on Oahu. Easier...

Well, let's be fair and do it on Oahu. Easier and cheaper for all the outer island folk.
But there is a healthy glass community on the BI.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-06-15, 7:42pm
Replies: 7
Views: 3,180
Posted By steiconi
another trick is to encase a dark opaque rod,...

another trick is to encase a dark opaque rod, like dk blue, with black; stays black and opaque even when pulled thin over white.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-06-12, 5:18pm
Replies: 66
Views: 12,332
Posted By steiconi
Hilo, Hilo, Hilo, make it Hilo... fingers...

Hilo, Hilo, Hilo, make it Hilo...
fingers crossed, but not the least bit hopeful.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-05-21, 6:42pm
Replies: 22
Views: 3,443
Posted By steiconi
anybody else notice this thread was revived...

anybody else notice this thread was revived exactly a year and a day after the last post?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-05-12, 2:29am
Replies: 76
Views: 10,945
Posted By steiconi
don't shoo your cat off the table by waving your...

don't shoo your cat off the table by waving your hand in front of the flaming torch. meOW!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-04-30, 4:05pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,767
Posted By steiconi
OK, just one more thing... How does your...

OK, just one more thing...
How does your relative relate to her/his minis?
for instance, some miniaturists just love anything tiny or clever
some play with and rearrange them over and over, so...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-04-28, 11:42pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,767
Posted By steiconi
I do glass and dollhouse minis, the Venn junction...

I do glass and dollhouse minis, the Venn junction is a lot of fun.

bottles are great on mandrel; start by creating the contents in one color glass, then wrapping in "bottle" colored glass. You...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-04-17, 2:52pm
Replies: 22
Views: 4,238
Posted By steiconi
I saw salad spoons with large hole beads (also...

I saw salad spoons with large hole beads (also called "European" beads) on the handles. Don't know where the crafter got them (and they used cheapo beads, yuck!)

they look good on necklaces,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2014-04-17, 2:46pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,524
Posted By steiconi
My husband used to work for the post office; he...

My husband used to work for the post office; he says packages are tossed from heights, kicked, and occasionally run over. I suspect other carriers have similar techniques.
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