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Old 2007-01-01, 5:24pm
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So a few questions…

Raking with a stainless steel tool, I have tried with dental picks and well those really sharp tips are missing, and I cant seem to rake the glass any how, so whats the trick? i have some brass rod , think ill hammer them out in the shapes i think would work for me.

Curious about the geometry of a simple bead, if lets say it is 7mm in dia., would the width be less say 5mm? Is there a preferred equation?

When using raku rod I find that I can great colors by heat the heck out of it and then slightly cooling the bead with a brass paddle, but what if one wants to use intense black? Seems to reverses the coloring if I use the recommended flame? I want the color and the black to scatter.
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Old 2007-01-01, 6:00pm
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I would use either brass or tungsten for raking.
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Old 2007-01-01, 9:03pm
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Maybe you're not melting the surface of the glass enough when you're trying to rake.
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Old 2007-01-01, 10:05pm
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Get the surface of the glass very hot so that it can move, but keep the tool cool so it doesn't stick to the glass. You can rake with stringers, too.
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