Part 7...HOW TO Make faux sea glass

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Coming from our previous thread:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/784510/

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Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

Whoa Ho!!!! Wouldn't that make a beautiful dragon body!!! Just an observation. :-)

Janet

I took all of my tumbled (not by me) glass and made a planter for some coleus. Some of you might have seen this one elsewhere, but it definitely belongs in these threads. :-)

Janet

Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

I suppose actually ADDING the image would be helpful. HAHAHAHA

Having a blond moment,
Janet

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

katiebear Thanks for the info on the tumbler. I will check out Ball Mills N Rock Tumblers. I like the idea of getting rid of the sharp edges before using . Imagine, no more nicks. I've covered 6 balls and have more to cover, but will probably wait until after I decorate for Christmas. That takes a lot of time.

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Hey Y'all, I'm considering bidding on that very tumbler on Ebay. I'm still waffling, but wanted to make sure I'll not be bidding against any of you should I decide to go ahead and buy myself a Christmas present. :-P

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

LaLa, there are several tumblers on Ebay exactly alike.

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Faye most of them are "Buy Now" but there's one of the 35 lb. Ball Mills N Rock Tumblers tha is up for auction.

Oops nevermind. It just soared way out of my budget.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Sorry Lala, Keep watching, your turn will come.
YBF Faye

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Thanks Faye, he just listed another one so I've got another shot at it. I JUST got my income tax refund back (can you believe that?) and I've earmarked it for a tumbler ......that is after everybody who's willing to pay $300 for one gets theirs first. LOL

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

$300. Gosh, I would never have one at that price. Mine was $174. and I thought that was bad. Google..Ball Mills N Rock Tumblers....All sizes

North West, OH(Zone 5b)

Oh you got one Faye??! Yippee for you! What size did you get? I did google it actually and all hits led me back to Ebay....did you find them somewhere else?

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Lala, Yes I ended up on EBay and got the 15 lb. Tumbler plus the smaller barrel. I found this to be my best bet of getting one. Good luck. Oh, don't have it yet, but is ordered.
Faye

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Hi All I just got back from Portland ..
The HF mailer was here The double Tumbler on sale again at HF.
Cheryl

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

The HF mailer was here The double Tumbler on sale again at HF.

What is HF? How much is the double tumbler? what size?
Thanks, Faye

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

Hey Faye,
HF= harbour freight my HF tumbler is 3 pounds so i'm guessing 6 for the double.
So are you tumbling with that monster one you ordered yet? :)

Kim

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Hi Kim, no not here yet. I won't know how to use it when I do get it. LOL and now I'm looking for a kiln and have no idea how that works...Going back to what's been said before, "It's Wuvie's fault" I love all the talent shown on T to T and want to do most of it. One thing I'm counting on is Wuvies good instructions...THANKS Wuvie.

N.C. Mts., NC(Zone 6b)

Do you think this double tumbler is a good one to start with. The one on sale at HF ? I have never tumbled anything but think I would like to do this. Thanks.

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

Faye you are soooooo right!! Because "It's Wuvies fault" I got a tumbler..and a kiln..It needs some work. I don't know how to use a kiln ..but I sure want to ..and Wuvie will teach us :*).Ha ha ha ha...all her fault.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Yep Wuvie's fault and don't we just love her....just couldn't do without Wuvie..

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

YES!!!

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

lizh
I have the double tumbler .. I think its a great started warning the belts from HF suck ...but you can buy a hoover vac belt and cut it into 4 belts they work great its belt # 38528-035 you get 2 in a package for around $2.00
Cheryl

N.C. Mts., NC(Zone 6b)

Thanks so much Cheryl. I think I will order that one.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

I may wish I had ordered the smaller one, only time will tell. I do have lot's of bottles and hope I'll be able to do something with them. I think I need a kiln.........

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

Faye I got a kiln off craigslist.. it needs new elements but I could not beat the price free.
It's on the kiln related post.I just want so much to slump/ fuse glass. It will take a litle time to get the elements.. not cheap.

mulege, Mexico

I noticed somebody on eBay had a kiln element up for auction. You might check there.

katiebear

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

hello katiebear :)
i checked out those elements on ebay still don't have a clue..i think that i need a lot of them.
i will check the kiln in the morning ..thanks again!! i am so clueless he he.

Kim

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Kim have you started up your kiln ..you might not need all the elements.
Cheryl

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

No I have not...that would help told ya I need help ;~)

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Kim,
I went back and looked at your new kiln .. its really in good shape.
you do know that you can use it with or without the top ring.
I couldn't really tell what kind of plug it uses but if you can plug it in set the controls on low for about 30 mins to heat it up slow and dry it out .If you have any kiln posts prop the lid open a little. Peek inside to see what elements are on.
Then turn it to med and wait a few mins and look again. Then hi all elements should be on ...
BECAREFUL and just peek ..... Dont grab the kiln post it will be very hot & dont lay it down on anything that will burn.(don't ask)
To get it to turn on with out a cone ..set the timer flip the leaver up and push in the little button . Don't let the leaver fall hard just lay it down or it will kick off the kiln.
Heres a few links for your kiln

http://www.clay-king.com/images/l&l/jfeatures.htm

http://www.hotkilns.com/photos-j230.html

http://hotkiln.com/troubleshoot-general.pdf


Cheryl

This message was edited Dec 1, 2007 7:29 AM

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

gee whitakers...if I ever get a kiln, I'll not know beans about using the thing...don't even understand what I just read in the instructions above...how sad, how kiln dumb I am.

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

no worries Faye we will learn and you will get a kiln!

Cheryl thank you so much DH says he has to put a line in for the kiln
so I quess i'll be studying how to use it til then.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Good luck Kim. Take notes and save them for me. I'll need all the help I can get. Lol

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Dahtzu,

Trust me, I still have that feeling, and when you ask questions
you may end up feeling even moreso. I know I do. ;-)

It seems that unless everyone has the same exact kiln, it is
difficult to give and receive information which makes you feel
confident. My experience has been that using your kiln to get
an idea of how it feels and works is best.

For example, Cheryl's beautiful bowls with the tempered glass,
I've been wanting to make them for years. Finally bought a kiln,
gave it a whirl and ended up with an enormous melted paperweight.

Lesson learned? Not to listen to hubby's no kiln experience and
trust my gut. I realized that even though I was making a big bowl, each
of those tiny little pieces of glass were being exposed to intense and
incredible heat. Of course I could not expect them to melt beautifully.
I should have known they would not require much heat. Next time, not
as long and not as many of the switches.

It will just take some time, I'm traveling that road with you.

:-) KM

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Karen,
What temps and time did you use ...
It does take a higher temp and hold time then stained glass or warm glass .. You do know you can fuse that stained glass you found .. not to each other but cut a piece and fuse to its self
E-mail me if you need help

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Cheryl,

It was indeed my fault, I was trying to wing it without a pyrometer,
without cones, just blindly flipping switches. LOL.

Hubby keeps asking what the holdup is on ordering the things
I need. I guess I'm just trying not to spend more than I have to, but
will just have to suffer and spend. ;-)

KM

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Thank you, thank you, thank you . Please keep posting all experiences learning to use a kiln. I think many of us will benefit from your experiences.
Faye

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Well The Kiln Gods were not nice to me today ..
I was doing a slump over cans to make candle holders & a few pendents on the shelf below them ..
One of the pieces I was slumping broke in half and fell on the pendents ...
and then the other one is stuck to the can ..
I did get 2 small pendents ..
Well ill try again tomorrow...
Cheryl

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

oh my.............I don't even know what the term slump means...I'm so lost. way over my head.

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Datz,

Slump is basically draped. Imagine a piece of chocolate melting in the sun,
taking the form of whatever it is melting on. For example, if you lay a piece
of chocolate bar on top of a calculator, it would 'slump' into the shape of
the calculator keys.

LOL. Silly example, but I'm sitting here looking at both, that is why I thought
of that. Does that help?

KM :-)

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

perfect example!!! Wuvie
i want to do this so much ...i took class on fusing... just a few hours
made some tiles and such..when we where done they sent us home...
and told to come back later to get our projects..boy they would not even show us the kiln :( bummer

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