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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

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Q & A Monday – 11/11/13

Jodi McRaney RushoWow, it seems like it was just summer a minute ago, and now we’re barreling into the holiday season and 2013 is coming to a close. Crazy stuff.  Today I’m answering reader’s questions, if you have a question, send it on over.

There was a great newsletter last week about what a good tile saw blade will do for you, and THE question I got the most in the last 2 weeks is:

Q:  What is the model of saw?? Continue reading Q & A Monday – 11/11/13

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Q & A Monday 9/30/13

Jodi McRaney RushoLots of readers send me their questions directly, but there are a whole host of questions that get asked anonymously.  One tool that I use to help decide what to write about is Google Keyword Search statistics.  Now, alas, Google is discontinuing the service, so as a tribute and a farewell, I’m pulling questions from the Keyword Searches and answering them here:

  • Q: how to cut a wine bottle with a tile saw
  • A: It’s amazing how many times this one comes up in searches.  I have a couple of videos about cutting bottles with a tile saw, but I think people need to see it a bunch of times before they feel comfortable giving it a go.  The basic things to remember are:  go slow, use lots of water, and the quality of the blade is critical. Continue reading Q & A Monday 9/30/13
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Q & A Monday, 9/9/13

Jodi McRaney RushoHey there!  Here we are back again for another Q & A Monday.  All of these questions were received via e-mail and answered directly.  I’m sharing the gist of them here because they are good questions and I’m sure the info will be helpful.  All personal details have been omitted for privacy reasons.  If you have a question, feel free to send it on over and I will do the best I can to help.

 

Q:  I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Continue reading Q & A Monday, 9/9/13

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Q & A Monday – July 8, 2013

Jodi McRaney RushoHere we are again with Q & A Monday!  These are all reader questions submitted via e-mail.  Personal details have been omitted for privacy.  If one of these questions is your and you’d like attribution and a back link, let me know.  If you have a question of your own, send it on over via the contact form.

  • Q:  I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Continue reading Q & A Monday – July 8, 2013
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Q & A Monday – 5/6/13

Jodi McRaney RushoAnd we’re back with more questions from readers for Q & A Monday. Today’s questions are all about working with crushed recycled glass, or frit. I’ve left out the personal details for privacy, so if one of these questions is yours and you’d like attribution and a back link, please let me know. If you have a burning (melting?) glass question, send it on over. I may even have an answer for you.

  • Q:  I have a kiln that I have been playing and experimenting with for months now.  I adore wine bottle glass, and have had complications casting melted wine bottle frit that I make.  From research I have done, and some of my experimenting, I have found that wine bottle glass is difficult to cast unless fired at very high temps.  Even then, I have had to do a lot of cold working with the pieces I have tried to make after firing.  I love to try and make little jewelry pieces out of the frit.  Do you have any suggestions for working with wine bottle frit, including firing schedules at all?  Thank you so much! Continue reading Q & A Monday – 5/6/13
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Q & A Monday – 4/22/2013

Jodi McRaney Rusho  Welcome to Q & A Monday!  Where we answer reader questions about all things recycled glass.  I’ve removed personal details for privacy reasons, if one of these questions was yours and you’d like attribution, let me know.  If you have a question, send it over! Continue reading Q & A Monday – 4/22/2013

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Q & A Monday, 4/15/13

Jodi McRaney RushoHere we are again at another Q & A Monday.  Today is all about questions from facebook fans.  If you haven’t liked the Glass With a Past page on facebook, you may want to.  The updates are shorter and more frequent, and there are often comments from other glass-o-philes with valuable information.  Once again, I have omitted personal details for privacy, if one of these questions is yours and you would like attribution and a track back, let me know!

  • Q: A very good friend sent me several bottles from the naval academy where our husbands went to school prior to flight training. The bottles all have enamel on them and she has asked me to make a couple bowls out of them. I have cut the bottles into rings and would like to know if you might know a temperature they could share that would fuse the rings to stick together and not burn off the enamel. If you dont know, how about a starting point to test the glass ? What schedule do you use when you have enamel on glass you want to slump? TY~~ Continue reading Q & A Monday, 4/15/13
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Q & A Monday, 4/8/2013

Jodi McRaney RushoWow, time flies, here we are in April already.  I spent last week participating in a grueling Fine Art show called Art & Soup.  I was able to show and get lots of good feedback on a new series of recycled pate de verre panels, which I’ll be sharing in the next weeks.  But, for now, onward to the Questions and Answers!  These are all reader questions that I am reposting here in case anyone else has the same questions.  Reader details have been omitted for privacy.  If you submitted one of these questions and want attribution and a back link, please let me know.

  • Q:  I just got a kiln, I carefully researched and researched and finally bought one, a small one for glass 8×8, figured it would be a good  beginners kiln. It comes with a digital pyrometer. When I was shopping around and contacting numerous kiln outlets, one of the places told me I needed to have a device for controlling temperatures.  But they were at least $200 more. They warned me if I didn’t get one  of these I would “have to babysit the kiln.” Well, I thought, so? I  have to babysit the dishwasher or else it overflows, there’s a lot of  things in my life I have to babysit, what’s one more thing?  I finally found your website because using recycled glass is the goal  and I’ve been saving bottles and jars and broken dishes for almost a  year while I saved up for my kiln.  So I get my kiln and I’m reading your information and I was, to put it  mildly, shocked!! I’m figuring out how to read the ramp time  information and looking at two of your ramp times one was 13.5 hours  and one was 22.5 hours. Maybe I’m still not reading these right, but  still, I thought babysitting would be and hour or 2 or 3. As I work  full time I have maybe 2 hours at night and then the weekends I’m out  running to complete errands or other events and having to be home  monitoring the kiln for 12+ hours is not possible. So my kiln sits by  the box it came in, unused, for almost 3 week nows.  I figure there’s 2 solutions. (well, maybe 3, if one of them is that  I’m totally not reading the ramp info properly)  1. Find projects that will only need to be fired for a few hours.  2. Bite the proverbial bullet and buy a controller unit.  http://www.skutt.com/glass/products/GM-2LTcontroller.php  That’s another $400. Or I could try and find a used kiln that has a  controller. That of course could take forever.  Man!! live and learn.  Do you have any suggestions regarding Solution #1 (projects with a  short fire time) or any of the rest?  Thank you so much. I love your site!! I’m completely inspired. Continue reading Q & A Monday, 4/8/2013