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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-11-26, 7:18pm
Replies: 13
Views: 3,485
Posted By m**2
I learned on a Hot Head back in 2000. It wasn't a...

I learned on a Hot Head back in 2000. It wasn't a new product then.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2016-06-11, 8:26am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,094
Posted By m**2
Another bit of help

I think the picture in this thread may help.

Basically, take a white rod and coat with black.

Take a black rod and coat with white.

Weld them together.

Fill one side of the circle with...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-12-22, 11:35am
Replies: 12
Views: 2,367
Posted By m**2
When teaching beginners, I have found that some...

When teaching beginners, I have found that some students will want to continue to explore glass bead making immediately, so I have always offered a kit (Hot Head, mounting equipment, insulated...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2015-06-21, 3:54pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,570
Posted By m**2
If you cut your dichro, the sharp edges will tend...

If you cut your dichro, the sharp edges will tend to bubble and will look very hazy.

You can avoid this by heating the dichro in your kiln just until the sharp edges round off a bit.

You will...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2011-12-03, 6:46pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,895
Posted By m**2
Suggestions to simplify handling silver leaf

The paper in the package is your friend. Keep the leaf on or between sheets of the paper.

Cut the leaf and the paper to the size you need at the same time.

Moisten a graphite marver and pick up...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2011-12-02, 7:32am
Replies: 36
Views: 3,302
Posted By m**2
Picture of Sample Canes

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The smoother your twisties, the easier they will be to use.

The cooler the glass when you begin the pull and the more slowly you pull, the thicker the result will be.

A cane is a rod...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2011-10-16, 11:31am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,481
Posted By m**2
It would help if you put a ruler or something of...

It would help if you put a ruler or something of known size in your picture such as a coin.

When I pull a non-round shape, I have a sizable clear cap on each end, but I do not encase the gather....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2011-05-14, 12:09pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,685
Posted By m**2
We use 316L TIG rods. 308L will also work, but it...

We use 316L TIG rods. 308L will also work, but it is softer and will tend to bend sooner. 316 and 308 without the "L" will also work just fine. We use several different diameters. I bought ten pounds...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2010-11-30, 12:28pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,235
Posted By m**2
We buy 316L uncoated TIG welding rods (308L will...

We buy 316L uncoated TIG welding rods (308L will work, but will not last as long) and cut them ourselves. Depending on how we use them, we cut 9" & 12" Mandrels. This is much less expensive than...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2010-11-20, 9:09pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,739
Posted By m**2
We use a holding tank with an OG-20 and have...

We use a holding tank with an OG-20 and have never had a problem. We purchased our tank from OGSI along with our original OG-15. If you purchase a holding tank that is intended for use with Oxygen,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2009-10-25, 8:07pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,820
Posted By m**2
Meerschaum: Hydrous Magnesium Silicate. How...

Meerschaum: Hydrous Magnesium Silicate.

How it colors depends in part upon which how it is finished. Once upon a time, quality meerschaum was finished with raw spermacetti. The coloration was a...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2009-08-11, 8:45pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,692
Posted By m**2
304 & 308 will not last as long as 316. I buy...

304 & 308 will not last as long as 316. I buy 316L in 10 pound boxes from a local welding supply. When buying by the pound, smaller rod costs more per pound than larger rod.

There is a lot of...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2009-05-12, 6:52pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,642
Posted By m**2
The technical answer is... Coefficient of...

The technical answer is...

Coefficient of linear expansion (COE) is only an indicator of how much a particlar glass expands when heated from one specific temperature to another specific...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2009-04-22, 4:45pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,672
Posted By m**2
There is no simple answer to your problem. ...

There is no simple answer to your problem.

Pastels are very soft and melt very easily.

On smaller beads, you can get a large enough gather of clear to encase the entire bead in one wrap.

On...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2007-05-01, 5:57am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,540
Posted By m**2
To oversimplify things a bit, when you pull a...

To oversimplify things a bit, when you pull a cane from a gather of glass, the resulting cane will have roughly the same cross section as the gather. A square gather will pull into a squarish (or...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2007-01-08, 12:05pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,875
Posted By m**2
If you are bending mandrels that often, you may...

If you are bending mandrels that often, you may need to change the position of your bead in the flame. You want to heat the glass, not the mandrel.

Heating followed by slow cooling will eventually...
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