Lampwork Etc.
 
TrueDesign on Ebay

LE Live Chat

Enter Live Chat

No users in chat


The Flow

Beads of Courage


 

Go Back   Lampwork Etc. > Library > Tips, Techniques, and Questions

Tips, Techniques, and Questions -- Technical questions or tips

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 2014-08-18, 6:44pm
Glass Junkie Glass Junkie is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 25, 2014
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 39
Default Using a public studio - need advice

I do most of my torching in a public studio at a nearby university. I'm in the process of moving my "home studio" (i.e. table) to my father-in-law's shop, so it will probably be a while before I can do any work with my own equipment. Not that I'm complaining about that - the facility is amazing, and even though I have a HH and kiln, I prefer using their Minors when I can. Plus, when I factor in the cost of Map Pro for the HH, it's much cheaper to torch there.

So here's my dilemma: their kilns don't have any sort of bead rack. We just lay the beads down on the firebrick floor, which is highly textured. I often get rough spots on my beads. I guess what I need to know is how to make sure my beads are cool enough to not pick up the texture, while making sure they don't cool too much to get thermal shock. Or should I just forget garaging there and anneal in fiber blanket or annealing bubbles and batch anneal when I get home? I would appreciate any suggestions!!
__________________
Danielle
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 2014-08-18, 9:57pm
losthelm losthelm is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 27, 2008
Location: Albion NY
Posts: 512
Default

Have you asked about adding a bead rack?
The woven wire type or perf plate type are fairly cost effective.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 2014-08-19, 1:40am
shawnette's Avatar
shawnette shawnette is offline
I fart diamonds
 
Join Date: Jun 14, 2005
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
Posts: 3,893
Default

I tap mine on the side of my water jar.
__________________
-Shawnette
the original "everybody get a grip" girl

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 2014-08-19, 4:02am
Jo Ann's Avatar
Jo Ann Jo Ann is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 17, 2011
Location: Sandusky Ohio
Posts: 188
Default

I use a bead rack in my kiln which has a fiber lining. Oi use it because I was getting the fiber print on my beads.
__________________
My obsession is my passion and my passion will light the flame.
Jo Ann

Lanford BeadWorks
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 2014-08-19, 8:26am
artsyuno's Avatar
artsyuno artsyuno is offline
I'm meeeeelting
 
Join Date: May 27, 2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,233
Default

A boro rod will also work as a bead rest to get them up off the floor. One way to check temp is to hold your bead under your work table (dark area) to make sure there's no glow left in the bead.
__________________
Etsy:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Foot Pedal Tutorial:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Kevlar Fingerless Gloves:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 2014-08-19, 6:40pm
Glass Junkie Glass Junkie is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 25, 2014
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 39
Default

Thanks for all the tips!! I'll see if maybe they'll let me use my own bead rack...I'd even donate one! The studio manager is a really nice guy, but not sure how he would be about making any changes. If that doesn't work I'll try out your other suggestions.
__________________
Danielle
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 2014-08-20, 4:23am
Sue in Maine's Avatar
Sue in Maine Sue in Maine is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 14, 2005
Location: The Rocky Coast State!
Posts: 6,565
Default

The rough spots are because you are putting your beads in the kiln while they are too hot. If you can, hold the bead under the table (where it is dark) and let the glow go. Once the glow is gone, the bead can go in the kiln.

Sue
__________________
Sue Walsh
The past is history,
The future is a mystery
and the present is a gift.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 2014-08-20, 11:03am
knittyditty knittyditty is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 13, 2013
Location: Deep in the South...Mississippi
Posts: 101
Default

I only use annealing bubbles and batch anneal, haven't lost one yet. Still have to be careful how hot they are when "plunged" into the annealing bubbles....
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 2014-08-21, 9:36am
Floorkasp Floorkasp is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 25, 2013
Posts: 327
Default

About knowing when they are cooled enough: I was taught to make sure the red/orange glow is gone. You can check by holding it in a dark place, like under the table. It stays glowing longer than you may think.
Edit: missed the post that said exactly this.....just ignore.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 2015-01-22, 11:54am
lampworker1 lampworker1 is offline
Living out Loud
 
Join Date: Aug 03, 2006
Posts: 852
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by artsyuno View Post
A boro rod will also work as a bead rest to get them up off the floor. One way to check temp is to hold your bead under your work table (dark area) to make sure there's no glow left in the bead.
What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump




All times are GMT -7. The time now is 8:20am.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Your IP: 3.235.77.252