Cleaning the Murrine fusing vessel and the Caldera Kiln

Cleaning the Murrine fusing vessel and the Caldera Kiln

February 09, 2018

When we finish pulling murrine we need to know how to clean the kiln and the murrine fusing vessel.  Here is a youtube video about my process of pulling murrine and how to clean up the kiln and fusing vessel.  Links to all the tools and equipment I use are included.  Hepa Vacuum I use to clean up glass dust and fiber paper residual.Fein 9-20-28 TURBO II SET Turbo SetWelding blankets  kevlar works to 1200 and black carbon blanket protects to 1800 degrees. Perfect&nbs [...]

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Cleaning a Wet Tile Saw (Dewalt) after cutting Glass.

Cleaning a Wet Tile Saw (Dewalt) after cutting Glass.

February 06, 2018

My dad taught me a long time ago to clean up after I made a mess in our shop.  If you keep your tools clean they last a long time and save you money on repair bills. If you learn how to take your saw apart and how to clean it, it will work when you need it.    Please leave us some feedback.  If you have and idea for future blogs and videos let me know and I will research the topic it may turn up in a new blog. Enjoy and have some fun in your studio!  [...]

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Cutting Larger Murrini Glass (greater than 10 mm) on A (Dewalt)  wet tile Saw

Cutting Larger Murrini Glass (greater than 10 mm) on A (Dewalt)  wet tile Saw

February 06, 2018 1 Comment

This you tube video describes the process I use to cut larger pieces of murrine into parallel pieces.  I then use these pieces  to fuse a  blank that I use for making drop ring Murrine Vessels.  A list of tools and supplies are in this blog.There are several great wet tile saws for glass.  I like the Dewalt wet tile saw for several reasons.  The first is it is very precise, Second it is easy to clean, Third it has plenty of power, Fourth it has a nice stand and it i [...]

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Sandblasting  for the Studio Artist

Sandblasting  for the Studio Artist

February 01, 2018 2 Comments

This is a discussion and u-tube video that explains how I chose and use my sandblaster.  One of the most useful tools in my studio.

The details of why I choose this solution for sandblasting in my studio are included in the blog  . I have included links to find the supplies and equipment that will help you be successful.

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Making a Drop ring Murrine fused glass Vase

Making a Drop ring Murrine fused glass Vase

January 30, 2018

The next step was figuring out what to do with the murrine I had made.  I decided to make a drop ring vase by fusing this murrine into a blank  and then using a drop ring mold to  slump a vessel. ​ I fabricated a 3/4 inch stainless steel rings in my shop then added fiber paper 1 /16 inch to inside ring. Held fiber paper on  w Elmer's glue and then placed on  kiln  shelf paper.  Then stacked murrini in center of  2 sizes of blanks.  Decided [...]

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Murrine Glass from a Caldera Kiln...notes on the first firing

Murrine Glass from a Caldera Kiln...notes on the first firing

January 28, 2018

After I made the mobile stand and firing shelf for my Caldera kiln the next step was to pull some glass.  Here are some notes on my  first firing.I fabricated a cold rolled steel bottom that was 6 x 6   with a 1 and  1/4 inch hole in the center. Next I cut a piece of kiln fiber paper 1/8 inch thick to the size of the steel base. Wear a mask.1/8" Fiber Paper - 24" X 24"​Next I cut 48 sheets of glass 5 x 5 to fit in square stainless steel kiln boxFilled up the fusing box [...]

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How to make an Ergonomic Murrine Glass Cutter with a Lexan cut off bin.

How to make an Ergonomic Murrine Glass Cutter with a Lexan cut off bin.

January 23, 2018

When I added making murrine glass to my studio I had to come up with a way: 1. To cut it ergonomically and not stress my wrists and carpal tunnel, 2. To be able to set up repeatable cut lengths, and 3. To capture the cut glass murrine missiles so they did not end up all over the studio. Before you start making murrine take a class.  I took a class for Larry Pile at Hollander glass in Houston.  Also a big thank you to Cyndi who works there for her help and support.  The course will [...]

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Safety in the Glass,  Enamel and the Art Studio.

Safety in the Glass,  Enamel and the Art Studio.

January 16, 2018

As a orthopedic surgeon I have spent many hours repairing people's bodies from accidents or injuries.  It always made me feel bad when the cause of the injury was related to careless accidents.  Such as drug use, alcohol use, sleep deprivation, or inappropriate safety.  Many of  these injuries could have been prevented if safety was the norm.  My motivation in writing this blog was to  collect a great deal of important info, and put in in one easy accessible&nb [...]

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Morning reflections, on a snowy cold day, on things I have learned during my growth as an artist.

Morning reflections, on a snowy cold day, on things I have learned during my growth as an artist.

January 16, 2018

​This stuff we call art is enticing and exciting but it requires a great deal of very hard work, learning and failure.Sometimes you need to take a class with a master teacher, and other times, with the web searches, and your brain you can figure it out.Your ideas are your stimulus to your work, no ones else. So you have to learn to trust your ideas and not be afraid of failure.Going to look at  art  online, in museums or in a gallery, or on pinterest is crucial to training [...]

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A simple water source/ solution for wet laps and wet belt sanders used in cold working glass and enamels.

A simple water source/ solution for wet laps and wet belt sanders used in cold working glass and enamels.

January 14, 2018

When I was setting up my cold working area in my studio I needed a simple way of getting water to my machines without expensive plumbing. Recirculating used water with a pump is possible but you risk introducing grit from previous steps, and thus scratches into your work from the wastewater contamination.​Here is what I came up with and it works perfect.  I started out with a trip to the Lowes.  I am sure any home center will do.​Hook one end of 1/4 inch tubing to your  machin [...]

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