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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2019-05-01, 2:29pm
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By Moira
I presume you've seen this? ...

I presume you've seen this?
https://www.bavarianbeads.com/ext/pressentipps_eng.pdf
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-12-09, 10:12am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,006
Posted By Moira
You might try abrasive rubber points - I use...

You might try abrasive rubber points - I use these to tidy up my pate de verre, they work well at slow speed on a Dremel, or you can use them in a pin vice as hand tools. No water needed, so you can...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-10-18, 8:25am
Replies: 34
Views: 5,030
Posted By Moira
Elke, your beads are gorgeous, I must try that...

Elke, your beads are gorgeous, I must try that idea!
Thanks very much for sharing the method. :)
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-10-15, 1:16pm
Replies: 1
Views: 746
Posted By Moira
I have a donut roller in a similar style, but in...

I have a donut roller in a similar style, but in graphite. The trick is to get the bead fairly close to the shape you want, and use the roller for final shaping - roll the mandrel over the roller so...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-09-16, 1:14pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,962
Posted By Moira
It was absolutely brilliant! I'd definitely...

It was absolutely brilliant! I'd definitely recommend taking a class with her if you can.

Meantime: if you are working in 104 and don't find the EZ Fire satisfactory, Thompson enamels for 104...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-09-05, 2:06pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,962
Posted By Moira
I'm so glad you found the link. It's a really...

I'm so glad you found the link. It's a really impressive technique, isn't it?

I'll know a lot more about working with enamels in a week or so - I'm going to do the Astrid Riedel enamel 'painting'...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-09-01, 11:41am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,962
Posted By Moira
After a good deal of rummaging, I've found the...

After a good deal of rummaging, I've found the name of the artist: Deborah Read!
Her tutorial on this method is excellent - as is her work.

I can't find the link to her tutorial, but now you know...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-08-31, 11:39am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,962
Posted By Moira
That does sound interesting! I also have...

That does sound interesting!

I also have hazy memories of someone using a clever technique where you reverse paint an image in enamels onto a piece of flat, clear glass; heat it up in the kiln,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-07-20, 1:46pm
Replies: 4
Views: 987
Posted By Moira
I've added torchworked BE to fused BE pieces with...

I've added torchworked BE to fused BE pieces with no problem - I'm sure it works the same for 104 glass. I believe it's possible to buy 104 Effetre sheet (though no UK supplier), I daresay that's...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-06-30, 1:43pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,779
Posted By Moira
That might be because your release has thickened...

That might be because your release has thickened up a bit - try adding a little water. Tap water or mineral water is fine, but not softened water, which will ruin it.
Forum: Torch Questions 2018-06-03, 10:07am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,699
Posted By Moira
Just to put my two penn'orth in: I don't know...

Just to put my two penn'orth in: I don't know anyone in the UK that uses a 2-stage regulator for lampwork.

I think the standard setting for a 4 bar propane reg is 'full less half a turn', about 3...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-31, 2:07pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,057
Posted By Moira
I've re-read the tutorial and tried again. ...

I've re-read the tutorial and tried again.

This time I started with a barrel instead of a round bead, very hot; laid the flakes onto a graphite marver instead of putting them in a metal spoon; and...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-28, 2:39pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,057
Posted By Moira
Lumiere lusters

I was delighted to receive my super-sparkly package of goodies from Jetage studio - but I'm finding it a bit hard to work with.

I've used pixie dust before without a problem. But! These flakes...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-23, 3:20pm
Replies: 22
Views: 2,058
Posted By Moira
It was Alicia's class in England a few years ago...

It was Alicia's class in England a few years ago that got me started! i was so keen, I went with my arm in a sling having broken my collar bone about a week before! She is a brilliant teacher (even...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-05-20, 4:13am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,058
Posted By Moira
I use BE in the torch to make components to add...

I use BE in the torch to make components to add to my pate de verre. But for beads I use 96 or 104 - it's cheaper, and comes in a huge range of colours.

Also - you can't use Double Helix with BE,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-04-27, 1:24pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,342
Posted By Moira
Have you tried the joss stick test? Put it near...

Have you tried the joss stick test? Put it near your torch, and check the smoke vanishes up the ventilation system rather than wafting around the space.

I've never seen a torch pointing towards an...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-04-20, 7:49am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,023
Posted By Moira
My advice would be: don't stop at one book! All...

My advice would be: don't stop at one book! All the authors have a slightly different approach, and different tips to offer. In addition to the books mentioned, I like Kimberly Adams 'Complete Book...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-25, 9:23am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,765
Posted By Moira
Oh, good idea! :)

Oh, good idea! :)
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-02-16, 3:43am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,879
Posted By Moira
I am very sorry to hear about all the trouble and...

I am very sorry to hear about all the trouble and annoyance you've had.

There was a thread on Frit-Happens (UK) forum a few years ago about the risk of prodding a mandrel up into a hot kiln...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-28, 11:17am
Replies: 42
Views: 2,317
Posted By Moira
Well done, you've made a grand start! I think...

Well done, you've made a grand start!
I think it's like driving a car - when you begin you have to think about every blasted thing, the pedals, the clutch, the gears - then after a while all that...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-26, 12:38pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,879
Posted By Moira
Hi Di, I suppose the question is - is this...

Hi Di,

I suppose the question is - is this about the temp being uneven through the kiln? So it's reaching the set temperature near the thermocouple, but not at the bottom of the kiln where the...
Forum: Auctions, self promotion, and related things 2018-01-25, 9:41am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,458
Posted By Moira
They are lovely.

They are lovely.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2018-01-16, 12:34pm
Replies: 42
Views: 2,317
Posted By Moira
I'm a fan of Tuffnell's own brand: ...

I'm a fan of Tuffnell's own brand:
http://www.tuffnellglass.com/contents/en-uk/p3429__Tuffy__Bead_Release.html

It's a powder, you can just mix it up as you need it. A pack costs 8 and lasts for...
Forum: Free Tutorials 2018-01-06, 11:50am
Replies: 74
Views: 31,433
Posted By Moira
Thank you! I used Effetre Light Grey trans,...

Thank you! I used Effetre Light Grey trans, Reichenbach Pink Lady, and a dab of Reichenbach Silver Smoke frit. I liked the colours together, and made some flowers to match.
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Forum: Free Tutorials 2018-01-03, 11:15am
Replies: 74
Views: 31,433
Posted By Moira
grey and pink leaves

This is a great tutorial! Here's my attempt. I did them straight onto stainless steel wire, held in a pin mandrel. I took the colour scheme from the winter sky....

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