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Old 2019-05-23, 7:31am
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Default Brass or Graphite press

Which do you like the best brass or graphite press? Pros and cons please. I am getting ready to order and am conflicting between the two.
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Old 2019-05-23, 8:56am
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I use both, and both are fine. If you think you are prone to dropping them or dropping stuff on them, get brass.
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Old 2019-05-23, 1:47pm
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Thanks you. I have brass presses and was wondering if there was an advantage to using graphite press.
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Old 2019-05-23, 2:03pm
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Good and bad in both ....brass Will tarnish. I do think the graphite can chip easily on the corners. I had 2 that chipped in the corner near the peg hole. I didn’t drop it either. The press is usable but if brass is offered I would go that route instead. I do like graphite beadrollers and had a couple spacer ones break from dropping them. JMHO
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Old 2019-05-29, 1:52pm
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Brass will “grab” the glass a bit; graphite won’t.
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Old 2019-05-31, 6:54am
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I like to use brass when working with a glass that has reactions with extreme hot to cold changes. Like raku--Heat up the raku, then press it with a brass shaper, to cool it fast and get extra color out. Or if I want the glass I added to be pushed down but not spread so much, I'll use the brass, because it's more likely to "freeze" the glass in place rather than spread it out.

I like the graphite for gentle shaping where I want the glass to move a bit more.

I use both a lot!
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Old 2019-06-13, 7:05pm
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I prefer brass. Graphite is great for marvering but I like brass for smooshing.
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