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Old 2013-09-07, 5:47pm
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What shape would I have to start with to get a rectangle when flattened? I make a long cylinder today and flattened thinking I would get a flat long rectangle but instead got flaired out sides. Is it doable with any shape?
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Old 2013-09-07, 6:42pm
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When I try for a rectangle shape, I usually need extra glass at each end of the cylinder before flattening. I have not been able to do it consistently so I know I need more p,p,p. Perhaps someone else has another hint?

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Old 2013-09-07, 10:46pm
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It's gotta be physics!
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Old 2013-09-07, 11:01pm
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It's easier if you have a true parallel masher. Flatten top and bottom, rotate 90 degrees and repeat. You can also just use a marver and flatten 1 side at a time.
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Old 2013-09-07, 11:55pm
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I'd say graphite marver and paddle
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Old 2013-09-08, 12:35am
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Oh, and don't squish it flat at once. Flatten little by little until you get the size/shape you want. When you squish it flat at once, you distort the shape.
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Old 2013-09-08, 12:46am
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I make a cylinder bead and then add one more wrap to each end. I marver it so that the sides are smooth but the ends taper out a bit (ends a bit wider than the middle of the bead) and then mash.
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Old 2013-09-08, 6:10am
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Ok...add an extra ring of glass at the end of the bead and don't squish all at once. Sounds like that might work. I do have the parallel mashers so I'll give it a try. You guys always have the answers....thanks!
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