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Forum: Torch Questions 2013-06-29, 11:34am
Replies: 13
Views: 2,577
Posted By Max Hardcastle
On second thought - this page:...

On second thought - this page: http://www.hotheadsource.com/index.html

seems really shady... has anyone ordered from them? Everything about their website screams some overseas dealer trying to...
Forum: Torch Questions 2013-06-24, 7:16am
Replies: 13
Views: 2,577
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Maybe I'll order two hot heads! Thanks to...

Maybe I'll order two hot heads! Thanks to everyone for the responses - I'll probably just dish up the extra $35 for the real deal. It seems like a safer way to go and I don't want to muck about...
Forum: Torch Questions 2013-06-13, 3:58pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,577
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Devardi Hot Head

Is it the same? It's a lot cheaper... I feel like I read somewhere that it was slightly different, but has anyone been able to try them side by side? They look identical...

Thanks for any...
Forum: Studio 2013-06-13, 3:32pm
Replies: 11
Views: 14,199
Posted By Max Hardcastle
CFM for studio ventilation?

Hi LE,

I'm attempting to set up a small bead studio after having moved to a new home, and I'm wondering what size vent fans people usually buy. At my old studio I just used an existing fan and it...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-06-08, 4:17am
Replies: 27
Views: 14,082
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Here's the best advice I've ever gotten for doing...

Here's the best advice I've ever gotten for doing things like wings where they need to be identical: do the second one first. Makes no sense until you're sitting at the torch... lol.

Btw the red...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-06-07, 9:00pm
Replies: 27
Views: 14,082
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Y'all ever heard of a cold seal? It's really cool...

Y'all ever heard of a cold seal? It's really cool - similar to what Elizabeth is talking about. If you take any old rod of glass you can heat a small section and touch it to your piece to make a...
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-06-07, 3:08pm
Replies: 264
Views: 70,896
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Are bubble traps done with a pick? Can they be...

Are bubble traps done with a pick? Can they be done well on tubing or is it mostly a rod/compression technique? I've not tried them yet but they are oh so cool... especially the single bubble - the...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-06-07, 5:49am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,678
Posted By Max Hardcastle
It looks to me like a stringer is wrapped...

It looks to me like a stringer is wrapped repeatedly around the tip of a rod and then the whole bit is flattened, raked, and stretched. The edges appear to have little cut marks in them - probably...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-06-07, 4:58am
Replies: 27
Views: 14,082
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Wes is totally crazy - my introduction to...

Wes is totally crazy - my introduction to lampwork was a class with him. Before I got to the studio room he lit the propane flame on all the torches (about ten minor burners) and then crouched on...
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-06-05, 10:42am
Replies: 323
Views: 90,758
Posted By Max Hardcastle
So cool! I have GOT to try that... how do you...

So cool! I have GOT to try that... how do you know what colors will kiln strike? Should I look it up on Glass Alchemy or something? I had a color one time that worked almost clear and then when it...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-06-05, 7:57am
Replies: 55
Views: 11,375
Posted By Max Hardcastle
I wish someone told me this when I started...

I wish someone told me this when I started lampworking. I even started in a class where they taught stringer making... anyhow you should read this very carefully, copy it down on another paper (don't...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-06-04, 5:41am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,842
Posted By Max Hardcastle
I think it does work, but most prefer MAP/Pro...

I think it does work, but most prefer MAP/Pro because it burns cleaner and hotter. I have a lot of the same questions as you because unfortunately I am moving and won't be able to get tanked oxygen...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-03, 1:04pm
Replies: 22
Views: 5,355
Posted By Max Hardcastle
I have a Knight Bullet burner which is comparable...

I have a Knight Bullet burner which is comparable in size to a Barracuda. I have tried doing goblets and cups but they always turn out wonky. I can make something that holds water, but it doesn't...
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-06-03, 7:01am
Replies: 323
Views: 90,758
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Here's a few more: 288231288230

Here's a few more:

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Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-03, 7:01am
Replies: 20
Views: 5,883
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Some Jellies! 288230288231

Some Jellies!

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Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-02, 7:10pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,153
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Yeah holding tanks go between the oxycons and the...

Yeah holding tanks go between the oxycons and the torch as a buffer storage. It allows you to run at higher flow rates than the oxycons are able to produce, but of course only for short periods of...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-02, 10:27am
Replies: 47
Views: 8,103
Posted By Max Hardcastle
I had a lot of trouble with encasement when I...

I had a lot of trouble with encasement when I started and I still struggle with it at times. I find that keeping the base cool and the clear rod hot is the most important part in avoiding...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-02, 6:38am
Replies: 20
Views: 5,883
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Boro Animals!

Hello LE,

I'm starting this thread to see what animals people have been making with boro. I usually make my animals from soft glass, but I know there are some really cool things done with boro...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-02, 5:44am
Replies: 47
Views: 8,103
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Go Mary Go! I could definitely add a lot to this...

Go Mary Go! I could definitely add a lot to this proposed thread... took me ages to get the loops/bails I make now and I went through quite a few renditions with a lot of feedback from buyers (most...
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-06-02, 5:39am
Replies: 323
Views: 90,758
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Wow Arryn - you've been torching less than 2...

Wow Arryn - you've been torching less than 2 months and your loops look like THAT!? Incredible... It took me ages to make anything worth wearing haha. Good on you! Nice work on the bubbles too -...
Forum: Boro Room 2013-06-01, 11:51am
Replies: 47
Views: 8,103
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Haha Dave you've come so far! In all honesty...

Haha Dave you've come so far! In all honesty though - that pendant is totally adorable.
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-06-01, 8:51am
Replies: 264
Views: 70,896
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Ahhh Mary you seem to start all of my favorite...

Ahhh Mary you seem to start all of my favorite threads - great info here! Hopefully I'll be able to contribute if I can find my camera... I know I had it recently..... doh!

Borrowed one... haha....
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-06-01, 8:46am
Replies: 323
Views: 90,758
Posted By Max Hardcastle
Glad you're doing okay Mary!

Glad you're doing okay Mary!
Forum: Free Boro Tutorials 2013-05-29, 6:51pm
Replies: 323
Views: 90,758
Posted By Max Hardcastle
After reading this thread I tried one of each...

After reading this thread I tried one of each technique I saw:
(from left to right)

Mary K - Rod implosion with tungsten picked dots for bubble covered by color for cap and then clear for cap...
Forum: Studio 2013-05-28, 5:47am
Replies: 26
Views: 4,158
Posted By Max Hardcastle
For the most part I just wipe off rods on my...

For the most part I just wipe off rods on my shirt. The only time I get frustrated with dust is when I need to use my torch marver - harder to wipe it off with my shirt while holding hot glass......
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