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Old 2011-06-08, 4:59am
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OK, I want to start a discussion and hope these tips will help all of us. I will be asking the most successful artists to a give us a great tip they use in their lampworking. Another key to their success.

I will be posting weekly so c'mon and see what is next!

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Astrid is the first artist of the week:



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Old 2011-06-08, 7:40am
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That's Fantastic - I'll definitely be checking in every week!
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Old 2011-06-08, 8:12am
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Brilliant Kitty - thanks for the link! Thank you Astrid too.
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Old 2011-06-08, 8:33am
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Thanks ladies! I hope we can help each other. If you would like to contribute please let me know.

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Old 2011-06-08, 9:02am
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What an awesome idea Kitty!!!
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Old 2011-06-08, 6:19pm
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I love Astrid's tip and have been applying it when using my silver glasses today. Works like a charm.

I have a burning question because of something that happened recently:

1. When you torch on another torch with another source of oxygen (concentrator vs. tanked O2) does it affect your color that much?

I was at a friends home and she has a GTT Cheetah with tanked propane and O2. I have a GTT Cricket (which I LOOOOOOVE) with O2 concentrator and propane. She wanted me to teach her how to get the great colors from the silver glasses and I could not no matter what we changed or tweaked with the gases get good color from her set up.

I usually work with very low (short candle) heat while torching silver glasses. My concentrator will say 3 lpms and my propane is at 1. The flame is oxygen rich.

What my very long winded question is, is it easier to get great color with lower heat? When I was at my friends we weren't able to get any color. We weren't over reducing either.

There is my novel........Thanks!
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Old 2011-06-09, 9:02am
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Fantastic idea! Thank you Kitty and Astrid.
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Old 2011-06-09, 9:11am
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Great idea Kitty!!!
And thanks Astrid for all the great tips!
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Old 2011-06-09, 10:42am
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The link doesn't work for me for some reason. I guess I'm not meant to see the amazing hints.
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Old 2011-06-09, 12:39pm
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Hi Chrissij,

I am sorry it is not working. Did you go to www.kittylampwork.blogspot.com ?

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It says, "Done, but with error on page". It's a pretty purple blank screen with a banner up top.

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Thanks Kitty, what a brilliant idea!!!
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Old 2011-06-09, 12:45pm
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I wonder if you have some kind of block or if the stars aren't aligned and youre chewing gum while rubbing your tummy.

Sorry!
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Old 2011-06-09, 12:48pm
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Everyone keeps saying brilliant and I just have to laugh, bwaaaaaaa ha ha.



I think a weekly tip is a good way to try something without overloading our already overbooked schedules. Also, I can handle getting it together.

I really appreciate the interest. You all are so kind.
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Old 2011-06-09, 9:40pm
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Brilliant!
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It says, "Done, but with error on page". It's a pretty purple blank screen with a banner up top.

It's no biggie. I'll live.
what browser and version do you have? I've got several different ones so maybe I can help track down if that's the problem.

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Old 2011-06-10, 3:43am
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Hi Laura!!!
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I wonder if this works with borosilicate glass...hmmmm *stroking imaginary beard*
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Old 2011-06-12, 9:39am
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glasskat2010 did you find out? I know nothing about boro.


I have a tip coming up on Wed from Sarah Hornik......woo hoo! She has been such an inspiration to me.
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Old 2011-06-19, 10:26am
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This week's tips are from Angela Greer Garren! Her work is so amazing and I have always been intriqued with it because of the strong spiritual component. Please come read and let me know what you think or if you have anything to add!

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Have a great Sunday!
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Old 2011-06-19, 3:16pm
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Thanks Kitty!
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Old 2011-06-20, 7:28am
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You are welcome Sheila! I love Angela's work. She has been trying to get her studio back in shape. I know we will see some new beauties from her soon!
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Very nice blog Kitty, I'll be checking it out weekly for new tips and tricks. Wish I could help ya out with that "concentrator vs tanked" question, but I don't use either and rarely use silver glass.
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Old 2011-06-20, 8:07am
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Thanks so much Bonnie! I love your Kitties!

Yes, strange about the concentrator vs. gas
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I have a burning question because of something that happened recently:

1. When you torch on another torch with another source of oxygen (concentrator vs. tanked O2) does it affect your color that much?

I was at a friends home and she has a GTT Cheetah with tanked propane and O2. I have a GTT Cricket (which I LOOOOOOVE) with O2 concentrator and propane. She wanted me to teach her how to get the great colors from the silver glasses and I could not no matter what we changed or tweaked with the gases get good color from her set up.

I usually work with very low (short candle) heat while torching silver glasses. My concentrator will say 3 lpms and my propane is at 1. The flame is oxygen rich.

What my very long winded question is, is it easier to get great color with lower heat? When I was at my friends we weren't able to get any color. We weren't over reducing either.
Kitty - Silver glass is definitely affected by different torch set-up and flame chemistry but not necessarily easier to get colors with lower heat (I usually work pretty hot). It's a matter of first getting the best oxygen/fuel setting - by experimenting - then getting the best reduction flame - again by experimenting. Moreover, each reducing silver glass reacts differently too so that's another added variable! Hope that answers your question. What's your friend's set-up in terms of psi for oxygen and fuel and which glasses did you use?
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Thanks again for including me, Kitty I'm honored that you thought of me. I enjoyed the post on Astrid and look forward to seeing more.
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Old 2011-06-29, 12:27am
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You are so welcome Ang! I can't wait to see your latest work!
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Old 2011-07-01, 7:38am
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Pipyr interview and tips on my blog! Come see her newest artistic process. Very cool!

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Let me know what you think.
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Very cool Kitty, I read them all! I love seeing Angies work, she's fantastic!
I look forward to reading more each week!!
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Great series, Kitty; interesting, helpful, and inspiring. Thanks to you and the artists!

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