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Old 2011-10-06, 2:17pm
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It took 4 months and 19 days since we shut down the torches at the old studio to get Dream Fire Glass Studio up and running.
I now have a place of my very own to melt glass. Oh and there is room for a few of my friend too......
Here is the finished flameworking studio
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Old 2011-10-06, 2:34pm
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The whole saga is on my blog but I will post a few picture here too.
I'm going to start with the before.
This is the warehouse before - a junky mess. There was a "flood" from the toilet in the warehouse office next door and all of the things you see all over belong to the ladies I'm sharing the office warehouse with. More stuff had to be crammed into the warehouse so new carpet could be put in. you couldn't move in there for about a month.
The garage door was not insulated and radiated heat into the studio from the early morning to noon.
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You can see we work a bit to get it cleaned up.
The other thing that had to be insulated was the ceiling.
It is hot here in Texas and if there was any hope of having the A/C work we had to insulate.
Here is before and after
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Wow. That looks awesome. I need to come up sometime and take the dichro workshop. I wasted a bunch of dichro today trying to pull stringer. Actually the pull worked OK but when I tried to lay the string down on a bead it just exploded.
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Here is the funny purpley insulation on the garage door. I will be soon be covered with Gessoed canvas so we can have some fun with that door later.
The canvas will also strenthen and protect the purple foam. Under the foam is a radiant barrior silver stuff. REally keeps it cooler.
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Wow. That looks awesome. I need to come up sometime and take the dichro workshop. I wasted a bunch of dichro today trying to pull stringer. Actually the pull worked OK but when I tried to lay the string down on a bead it just exploded.
I'd love to have you come. I'll PM you some tips later tonight.
I'm going to have a full schedule of classes /workshops in 2012. I'm kind of taking it easy the rest of this year and just teaching Bead 1 & 2 and a few little workshops and lots of open torch. I'll be putting the 2012 schedule up on the web site in a few weeks.
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The table.
Well it started out with just chairs. I could do that by myself while DH & DS were out of the country. I bought them. A friend painted them in his spray booth. Then I recovered them in thick cotten material not synthetic. I personally think they were hidious before. Chairs really are important there is nothing worse than and uncomfortable chair and if you drop some hot glass, melting said chair cushion to your leg because it is synthetic is no fun.
The table is 42 inches so you can sit of stand. That is why the chairs are so tall.
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This is the base of the table being built. I wanted bookselves and cubbies to store stuff and a place for students to put their stuff during class.

It was and interesting process we had to know where the table would go to cut the hole in the roof for the hood. But we had to wait untill the hood was in to set the table in place. Once it was in place the gas lines were run.

The top of the table had to go on last because the gas line run from one end to the other threw the table to the two manifolds.

The wood didn't want to stay straight(warping a bit) so we had to do a little tweeking and then it was fine. I wanted Stainless steel and that is what is over all the wood except a little bit in the middle of the table and that will be a glass mosaic.
The table is 10 feet x 5 feet
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This is awesome, Sam! Congrats! You must be thrilled!!!
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Old 2011-10-06, 4:23pm
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The hood
Now that was an adventure. Lots of reading and asking questions. Trying to make sense of the numbers. How much CFM?? Well there is a point where you can have too much ventalation. When you are exchanging the air in the room in less than a minute that is too much. So we came up with a number we could all live with. That is me the HVAC engineer the ventalation gurus from different sights and the person who helped me the most from the Corning Glass studio. Big Bertha (the fan) has a variable speed dial a good one the kind that keeps from over heating. I love the louvers that open and close when it is turned on and off.

My hubby and I designed the hood ( go big or go home) and I think she is pretty. the HVAC company made her and installed everything in one day.
The electrician did his work and we turned her on------ an un-Godly Clanging which sent us all running. The blades had shifted in shipping but that was easily fixed and no damage was done.

Here if the whole process from fan to hood
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This is awesome, Sam! Congrats! You must be thrilled!!!
Thanks Haley I am beyond Thrilled and want to talk to you about a visit!
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Lets see I'm posting this while running the front end - the store and trying talk to DH who is getting on the final plane to go to Germany.
That is why it is taking so long to get this posted. Oh and please forgive any typo's or spelling.

Ok Space- table -chairs- hood. Gas lines yes you need that
Propane and oxygen are hard lined in. With the table in the middle of the floor and the fact I'm renting the space the lines had to go on the floor.We custom made a "speed bump" to protect them. Added a little "girlie safety stripe"

The propane is in a raised cage out back. And the O2 is chained to the wall.
I think I can now quote the NFSC so yes you can have it like that.
We added the corrigated metal wall for looks but it is fire proof and that makes the inspectors happy.
By the way I passed all inspections and have the green cards to prove it!
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Old 2011-10-06, 4:56pm
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A very important part of your ventilation is the intake of fresh air!
For right now the big garage door get oppened exactly the right amount to let in the make up air.
24x24=576 the ducts size
93x6.2 =576.6 the "bugscreens" size
Then there is extra air coming in at the top of the garage door too.

We have bugs all year long and I prefer not to have a June bug down my shirt when I'm pulling a big murrini so we made this cool bug screen that fits in the bottom of the garage door and then there is a strip of screen across the top of the outside. No bugs or very few really smart bugs who figure out how to get past all that.

That is the bug screen sitting onthe table and a picture of it and the other screen from the outside.

Another important thing is being able to see- you need lights on that hood.
I'm using LED lights they are cooler and last forever. But they cost a ton so the lights that point down are LED the ones pointing up are the halogens that came with the light strip.

Well that is it for now I hope you like it!
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WOW! I am in serious lust & wish I lived closer. Lots of good luck with it! It's a phenomenal space.
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I really love your setup. This is exactly what I wanted to do here in Bakersfield. I may have to come take a look someday!
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Lea Thank you

Kim come play anytime

Debra you are welcome anytime and I'm happy to give you details of how I did it.
Starting with a Dream followed by a wing and a prayer. Oh and having a handy husband does not hurt either.

My most sincere hope is this studio will be a place of joy and learning that is self sustaining. I am going to have some awesome guest instructors in 2012 and am working out details on making some fun "bead vacations" in San Antonio so people can come take a workshop and have a San Antonio experience too.

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Hop on a plane for that Texas visit and I'll drive you over from here.

Sam, your studio looks awesome. I am so glad you brought it all together and can now live the dream.

Wishing you nothing but great times in your fantastic studio. Thank you so much for sharing the experience.
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Oh my. Onlly wish this would happen here.
Awesome place to have for a studio.
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Took several classes at the other place. This studio looks great!!!! Will stop in the next time I am in SA.

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I am SO there! Only a 4 1/2 hour drive down 35. Easy Peasy!!!

Looking forward to the class schedule for 2012 so I can plan my year!
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Thank you Lemonwood studio
Linda Thank you for the wonderful wishes come on over sometime.
Jeanette looking forward to seeing you. There are some differences in the new place and the old studio. More room, more torches, focus on flameworking and most important it belongs to me.
Karen looking forward to you coming to San Antonio. I think Patti and the GBS may plan a group trip too.
Thank you everyone.
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I remember you talking about this at the Gathering this year!! Congrats on making it happen, it looks amazing!!!
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Congrats on seeing your dream realized! It looks wonderful and I'm sure there will be lots of fun and learning, as well as creating going on in that lovely space!
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Sam's new studio is amazing! SALSA (Society of Artisan Lampworkers in San Antonio) got to host our October meeting at the new studio! Thanks Sam for giving us a home!
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Sam, your studio looks awesome. I am so glad you brought it all together and can now live the dream.

Wishing you nothing but great times in your fantastic studio. Thank you so much for sharing the experience.
Don't ask me twice Linda! I am SO there!
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Lea,
It is a beautiful day here sunny temps in the 70's.
Open torch is going on right now.......
Tempting??????
Save up and come.

I have to firm up the dates for the 1st 2 national instructors I'm hosting:so I am letting the cat out of the bag early here........
Amy Waldman- Smith early February 2012
Wesley Fleming - October 27th-28th with a demo on the 26th

Lets see who is reading this thread they got the scoop.
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