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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2021-10-21, 2:32pm
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By Robin Passovoy
I've never tried making hollows with a puffy, but...

I've never tried making hollows with a puffy, but I habitually build them on solid mandrels. I can get them down to the size of peas, and here's how:

1. Use a stiffer grade of glass for making...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2021-09-28, 6:07am
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By Robin Passovoy
That's usually a thermal-shock problem, where the...

That's usually a thermal-shock problem, where the ends cooled faster than the middle. I had a lot of trouble with that, particularly on bicone beads before I learned to make extra sure that I'd...
Forum: Torch Questions 2021-07-05, 12:38pm
Replies: 3
Views: 790
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Just to be safe, replace the hoses. It's been my...

Just to be safe, replace the hoses. It's been my experience that rubber, even unused rubber, will go brittle and crack after 5-10 years or so, and you really don't want that happening where it could...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2021-01-16, 1:22pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,127
Posted By Robin Passovoy
I generally cook my 104 beads at 955 degrees F...

I generally cook my 104 beads at 955 degrees F for several hours, then turn off the kiln and let it cool down by itself. Works pretty well.
Forum: Calls for Entries, etc. 2020-12-09, 1:51pm
Replies: 2
Views: 7,814
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Well, I don't have any really handmade tools...

Well, I don't have any really handmade tools other than the punties I cut from a welding rod. It's actually easier to get inexpensive tools meant for other purposes. Some of my favorites are Revlon...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-12-04, 12:51pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,177
Posted By Robin Passovoy
Also, collect the bits that break off of the ends...

Also, collect the bits that break off of the ends of your rods. I keep this "bench frit" in small jam jars and use it to make really interesting marbles and beads.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-23, 12:15pm
Replies: 18
Views: 3,681
Posted By Robin Passovoy
One of my favorite oranges is a vetrofond, carrot...

One of my favorite oranges is a vetrofond, carrot red sparkle. Frantz art glass still has it.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-18, 11:22am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,885
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: 6,681
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: 2,793
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: 1,652
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: 16,358
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: 4,391
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: 2,987
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: 1,926
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: 1,926
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: 4,405
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: 2,106
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: 8,002
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: 1,667
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: 4,264
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: 30,995
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: 2,416
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: 1,497
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: 3,424
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...
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