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Making Molds with Firebrick

firebrick business card slumper

Firebrick is the type of brick used to make kilns, it’s a soft white refractory material that stands up to high heat.  In my area, you can buy them through the local classified ads for about $3 to $5 each.  I use them for a number of things, one of which is sawing into custom slump mold shapes.  When doing production work, I may need 5 or 6 of one kind of simple mold at a time, and it makes sense to cut them myself if I can.

**SAFETY**

Firebricks contain silica, and are very dusty to cut.  You should cut outside and ALWAYS wear a respirator when cutting fire bricks.

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DIY Mandrel Drying Rack

bead mold mandrel rack

For the longest time, I’ve been balancing my freshly dipped kiln formed bead mold mandrels on whatever is handy.  Well, not anymore!  If I had have realized how easy it was to make a drying rack, I would have done it ages ago!

To make your own mandrel drying rack you will need:

2 long bamboo skewers or dowels

piece of cardboard, longer than the skewers and at least 6″ wide

ruler

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Lentil Bead Molds

kiln formed bead molds

Materials needed:

Lentil Bead Mold (any size, or ALL the sizes for extra fun)

Kiln Wash

Glass frit

Step 1.  Prepare the mandrels.

Each bead kit ships with a dozen mandrels and a tube of bead release, so you’re all set to go when your kit arrives. Continue reading Lentil Bead Molds

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Triangle Bead Molds

fused triangle glass bead mold

Triangle bead molds are now available in the online shop.  Each mold ships with 12 stainless steel mandrels, a tube of bead release and an instruction sheet and a full color tutorial for a bracelet using your new mold.  Not sure if it’s for you?  You can preview the instructions and the tutorial on the product page at any time!  Here are some examples of jewelry made with this mold. Continue reading Triangle Bead Molds

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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.
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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 😀 Continue reading Q & A Monday – July 21, 2014

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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. Continue reading Stainless Steel Tile Molds

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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! Continue reading Q&A Monday – 2/17/2014

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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. Continue reading Q & A Monday – 11-25-13