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Q & A Monday – July 28, 2014

Jodi McRaney Rusho

Can you believe how fast time flies?  Already Monday again.  Today I’m answering questions about trying to cut bottles when Amazon doesn’t ship to your country, where to buy brass chain, fusing glass gems and some mica questions.  These are all actual reader questions, I’ve removed any personal details for privacy.  If you have a question, send it on over!

 

 

Q: Hi Jodi,
can you please guide me as to how can I buy a bottle cutting machine?
I live in India and Amazon.com has it only in the US for sale and it is beyond my reach.
Since this shall be difficult what other way would it be possible to lay me hands on
one such gadget.
I was also thinking of a drill machine with a diamond cutting blade. I am not sure
whether it is safe.
Please let me have your opinion.
With best wishes. Read more

Q & A Monday – July 21, 2014

Jodi McRaney RushoHappy Monday!  If you can smile about that, you’ll make it through anything.  Today I’m answering questions about mixing compatibilities in terms of bottles and frit, making polishing machines and using a ceramic kiln for glass.  These are actual reader questions and answers.  I’ve removed personal info for privacy reasons.  If you have a question, send it on over.

 

Q: can I use Uroboros 96 coe powdered frit on my bottles when I slump them or do I have to use the 82?? thank you. excited to slump some bottles :D Read more

Stainless Steel Tile Molds

Stainless steel has a bit of a mythical place in the glass world, it’s great for molds, difficult to work with, expensive as all get out.

Some of these things aren’t true.  Stainless can be easy to work with, and a very useful thing indeed.  A few years ago, I had a client that wanted custom made recycled glass tile for her bathroom.  The tile would be made with the wine bottles she saved up, which would be ground, filtered and the frit custom mixed to make colors, and then fused into tile shapes.  Which meant I needed a bunch of custom sized tile molds.  I had experimented with ceramic tile molds, which worked well, but were time consuming to make. Read more

Q&A Monday – 2/17/2014

Jodi McRaney RushoGood Morning!  Last weeks newsletter brought up a lot of questions about cutting bottles for fusing and a bunch of other stuff too.  Let’s get right to it, shall we?  (all of the identifying information had been changed to protect privacy.  If I’ve posted one of your questions and you would like attribution and a back link, let me know.)

Q: I am sure enjoying your emails and ideas! I have a question: how are you cutting the bottles vertically? Are you using a saw? If so, what kind? I am currently using an actual tile wet saw, and the vertical cuts are difficult–not enough room for the bottle to travel under the blade. Beer bottles (short ones) Work ok in the cut. I am experimenting now with them! Read more

Q & A Monday – 11-25-13

Jodi McRaney RushoWell hello there!  Today I’m answering more reader questions.  If you have a question, send it on over.  I’ve removed identifying information for privacy reasons.

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Q: Hi, I’m extremely new to fusing/slumping glass, having been a lampworker for a number of years.

Since I have to import all my glass supplies anyway, having no access to brick/mortar stores here in Panama, I was wondering if you could offer recommendations on suppliers for your ancillary needs; forms, release, powders, etc. I’ve found multiple sources on-line, but am not sure who best fills the need for the recycled glass market. Any assistance will be welcomed. If you prefer not to post publicly, just send a private message. Read more

Bench Polisher From a Tile Saw

Sometimes, the tool you need the most doesn’t exist.  It’s at that moment that you realize…Hey, I could make one of those!  I’m doing an awful lot of edge cold working and don’t have a lap wheel, and my hand held polisher isn’t fabulous for edges.  So, with a little ingenuity and a sharp hack saw, a new bench polisher is born.

I started with this tile saw, since I can’t use it as a saw. (don’t buy one, it’s horrible piece of equipment)

Tile Saw for polisher conversion

Tile saw pre-hacking

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Non Traditional Molds for Slumping

Wouldn’t it be great if you could use any cool thing you find for slumping?  Well, maybe not everything, but there are lots of things that CAN be used for slumping, as long as they are prepared correctly.  Let’s look at a few examples and consider what we would have to do to successfully use them for slumping. Read more

Cold Working With a Rock Polisher

Rock Polisher for Cold Working Glass (and rocks)

One of the facts of life about working in glass is cold working.  It’s not a lot of fun for very long.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching glass become all smooth and clear and gorgeous through all of the stages.  I just don’t love it 90 times in one day.  Read more

Fusing with Brass – Loops

Solid brass plumbers chain

Fusing brass loops into recycled glass artwork is relatively easy and is a great way to add loops for wind-chimes and sun-catchers.  The loops are probably a bit too chunky for jewelry, unless you’d doing industrial style jewelry, then you’re good to go.

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Glass ‘Tools’ from the Craft Store

When you are looking to expand your tool kit of cool things that can be used to make recycled glass art, don’t overlook the craft store!  Not all cool glass tools come from glass companies, there are a ton of scrap-booking and craft store items that can be (mis) used to good effect in the glass studio.  Here are a few:

Scrapbook Department

1.  Scrapbooking molds

Scrap booking molds for making plaster inclusions

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