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Old 2013-09-14, 9:01pm
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I live in North Dakota, and its going to get cold soon, and then it's going to get really cold. My studio is now in my unheated uninsulated garage. I have an oxy con and wondering about how that will perform in the cold. and also if anyone has more cracking or breakage problems when working in the cold. or any other problems or tips.... Winter Is Coming!
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Old 2013-09-14, 9:08pm
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Keep the oxycon in the house or create a heated box for it, they don't like cold. They are ok once running
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Old 2013-09-14, 9:20pm
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Cold glass = frit on a stick for me. You could be like some of the smart people and find a way to heat the rods before you use them. Since I'm not much of a planner and grab colors as I go I just get used to flying glass.
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Old 2013-09-15, 6:40am
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Oh my gosh, you're going to torch in the dead of winter in there?!? You're a lot sturdier than I am. Last winter when my studio (on the north side of the house with big windows) got into the 50s, I headed for the recliner by the wood stove. I would definitely get a rod warmer, they throw off a lot of heat.
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Old 2013-09-15, 7:06am
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I live in Washington, so it gets pretty cold here too, I have 2 heaters in my studio (also off the unattached garage) I turn them on first thing in the morning and let it heat up for an hour or 2, depending on how cold it is. I also wear Uggs and layers of clothing. Oh...what we won't do to melt glass!
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Old 2013-09-15, 2:25pm
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Thanks everyone, I recently got a rod warmer and love it. I will hopefully be getting a kiln soon, so I'm hoping that will help a bit too.
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Old 2013-09-15, 3:04pm
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I'd highly suggest getting yourself a heater if you are working everyday. When I first started making beads I worked in an unheated building over the winter. I wore this ancient down jacket from llbean, the kind that makes you look like you are about 60 pounds heavier. It was the warmest jacket I've ever had and the sleeves were tight and short so I could work without them getting in the way. 2 sweaters on under that and I was good. If it's really cold there's always long underwear too. I never noticed any trouble with shocky glass or cracking beads and I even worked with a fiber blanket at the time.
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Old 2013-09-15, 4:23pm
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A ceramic heater under the bench can help, just make sure to if off when your done.
Anything shocky will be more so, larger divardi is a pita.
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Old 2013-09-15, 4:34pm
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I'd suggest an infra-red heater aimed at yourself. It'll warm you, not the room, and works pretty well even with your ventilation pulling in cold, fresh air. Also, a pair of these:
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Soooo inquiring minds want to know. Where in North Dakota do you live? I'm originally from New Leipzig, my sister still lives there, but my dad in now in Dickinson.

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Old 2013-09-16, 11:59am
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those gloves are a great idea Felicia!
Donna, I live in Mandan.
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Old 2013-09-16, 4:44pm
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Oh really? I have a couple of class mates that moved to Mandan, one use to work at Mandan High.
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Old 2013-09-16, 5:06pm
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I don't know how you do it. And I'd love to learn. After about 6 degrees Celsius, the glass just seems to take way too long to melt. Even with an oil radiant heater and a fan heater, and a kiln, and the torch running. I'm in an attached, uninsulated garage, too, and I literally went into torching withdrawal last winter because it was just too cold!
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