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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-18, 11:22am
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Marbles are tricky. The man who taught me how to...

Marbles are tricky. The man who taught me how to do it once said that an artist will make a hundred or more of them before really getting the idea. This is more or less true, and I certainly made...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-04, 10:25am
Replies: 20
Views: 3,044
Posted By Robin Passovoy
I've done a fair amount of experimenting myself,...

I've done a fair amount of experimenting myself, and posted the results on this site under the title of "37 colors of recyclable awesome", if you'd like to have a look. It was mostly me testing out...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-07-19, 12:41pm
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By Robin Passovoy
My favorite so far is the Bullseye Thinfire shelf...

My favorite so far is the Bullseye Thinfire shelf paper. Works a treat!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-03-22, 11:04am
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Small, tight, oxy-rich flame, big thick gloves,...

Small, tight, oxy-rich flame, big thick gloves, be very, very, very careful.
Forum: Tutorials 2020-03-19, 10:10am
Replies: 20
Views: 11,651
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Etsy has a lot of good tutorials as well. Check...

Etsy has a lot of good tutorials as well. Check it out!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-03-15, 10:51am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,019
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Caution and even fear when dealing with fire and...

Caution and even fear when dealing with fire and sharp objects is perfectly acceptable. That's your instinct for self-preservation talking, and as such, should be respected. Glass is wonderful...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-03-09, 11:20am
Replies: 4
Views: 863
Posted By Robin Passovoy
http://www.kittrellriffkind.com/krag_mudd.php ...

http://www.kittrellriffkind.com/krag_mudd.php

Great stuff!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-02-14, 11:57am
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By Robin Passovoy
If you're doing indoor mosaics, I've found that...

If you're doing indoor mosaics, I've found that Weldbond all-purpose glue is very good, and nontoxic, too. Many hardware stores carry it, and if you go online, you can find it in gallon jugs.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-02-14, 11:55am
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By Robin Passovoy
If you're doing small mosaics, I've found that...

If you're doing small mosaics, I've found that Weldbond all-purpose glue is very good, and non-toxic, too. Plus, you can get it in gallon jugs if you go online. Otherwise, it can be found in...
Forum: Boro Room 2020-01-17, 1:01pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Not a clue. What are you trying to make? ...

Not a clue. What are you trying to make? Xylophone? Chimes? Bells? Pastoral flute? Glass harmonica? Small church organ?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-01-02, 11:52am
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Never heard of the vintage stuff. The only...

Never heard of the vintage stuff. The only lampworking glass I know of by that name is a silver glass called Dragon's Breath, and it comes in shard form from www.avenuebeads.com. I heartily...
Forum: Auctions, self promotion, and related things 2019-11-07, 10:21am
Replies: 7
Views: 3,207
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Any silver glass or dichroic?

Any silver glass or dichroic?
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-08-26, 10:02am
Replies: 3
Views: 851
Posted By Robin Passovoy
COE stands for Coefficient of Expansion, and it's...

COE stands for Coefficient of Expansion, and it's a measure of the hardness of the glass. The lower the COE, the less it expands or contracts, and the harder it is.
The higher the COE, the softer...
Forum: Torch Questions 2019-08-07, 9:45am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,198
Posted By Robin Passovoy
You might consider getting an oxygen concentrator...

You might consider getting an oxygen concentrator as well. They aren't cheap, but you don't need a regulator or flashback arrestor, and you can go for years without ever needing a refill. Believe...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-07-08, 9:07am
Replies: 93
Views: 23,456
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Welcome to the party, and good luck in your...

Welcome to the party, and good luck in your endeavors! Good choice of bottles, too. Bombay Sapphire bottle glass is beautiful stuff, fairly easy to work, and you get a lot of bang for your buck,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-07-04, 8:23am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,166
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Try using silver dichro and coating it with a red...

Try using silver dichro and coating it with a red transparent. I've had mixed luck with silver and reds, or perhaps give the silver a thin clear encasement before putting the red on. Reds sometimes...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-06-26, 8:17am
Replies: 2
Views: 712
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Don't bother. Automotive glass is laminated with...

Don't bother. Automotive glass is laminated with plastic and glues to reduce shattering to something approaching safe; that's why windshields break into tiny squares instead of lethal triangles. ...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-06-17, 11:24am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,466
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Gas under pressure liquefies, which is what is...

Gas under pressure liquefies, which is what is actually in those canisters and tanks. As you work on the torch, you're taking some of that pressure off, which chills down the liquefied gas and slows...
Forum: Torch Questions 2019-06-14, 10:07am
Replies: 17
Views: 4,154
Posted By Robin Passovoy
I got my first Hot Head with a kit, and the...

I got my first Hot Head with a kit, and the striker came with it. Learned to use it because it was there. Still have it, as a matter of fact, along with the torch.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-06-09, 10:10am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,466
Posted By Robin Passovoy
You can't do soft glass marbles without annealing...

You can't do soft glass marbles without annealing them properly, trust me, but I have had some luck with small marbles made from strips cut from Spectrum stained glass, which is roughly 96 CoE and a...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-05-03, 8:50am
Replies: 4
Views: 969
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Simple. Once you've laid down your ring of dots,...

Simple. Once you've laid down your ring of dots, you spot-heat the center of the circle. The dots will flow together to form the shape that you want naturally. Let it cool a little, and then you...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-04-10, 11:20am
Replies: 7
Views: 694
Posted By Robin Passovoy
If you've got a Hobby Lobby craft store nearby,...

If you've got a Hobby Lobby craft store nearby, they sell a beginner's lampworking kit and some rods-in-a-tube assortments. It's pretty limited, but a decent start for cheap.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-02-25, 10:11am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,502
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Either Tuxedo or Hades, then. Both are quite...

Either Tuxedo or Hades, then. Both are quite good blacks, and Hades has some nice reactions with silver glass. Try it with a silvered ivory stringer and see what happens.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-02-21, 9:18am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,458
Posted By Robin Passovoy
I wrap the wire around the bead and then just...

I wrap the wire around the bead and then just roll the whole thing in the flame--it forms those little beads all by itself. Spot heating the end of the wire doesn't really work at that fine a gauge....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-02-20, 9:36am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,458
Posted By Robin Passovoy
That's fine silver wire, probably 30 or 32 gauge...

That's fine silver wire, probably 30 or 32 gauge and heated until it forms up into little beads. My preferred source is www.riogrande.com, where you can get it for a very reasonable price. A...
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