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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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...
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?
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
Hi everyone,ok heres a pic of mirror im making , will take another pic when its all grouted.how is everyone ?keep busy people, i know i am, been nearly a week on this mirror but i must say im loving making them.bye for now.
Hi kimarj,coloured pieces are broken china plates so are the white pieces,soon as this one is finished im starting an even bigger mirror making it for a friend of my hubbys,hes given it to his wife for christmas : )have you tryed making a mosaic?
Wow you are busy...someone is gonna have a nice christmas gift :)
I have made a fountain from broken botles and mirrors.If you look at the other recent post you will see it tiltled"if you close one eye and squint" ha ha...I still don't know how to link to a post yet. Show pics when finished!!
Hi all, going to grout mirror today,cant wait to see it finished,will post a pic soon.
dahtzu,if you like i will post how to make a mirror,i need to do this anyways for my website shall post how to make a mosaic mirror soon,not sure what colour grout was thinking of a peach colour.what do u think?
Wuvie...I'm excited for you and your new job. I just hope you will like the job and everyone there will love you. We here on DG love you and all you do in showing your talents, giving instructions, and especially for the encouragement you give each of us. Please come as often as you can and know for every time I come here, I'll be looking for you and missing you when you are not here.
Your DG Friend,
Hi everyone,im feeling very sad at the moment,taking my little girl shera to the vets tomorrow morning,my beautiful little girl,how can i say this,if there is another place beyond this one,i hope she will be very happy there,im going to miss you shera,sorry guys but im not feeling to good about this,see you all in a little while.caroline : (
Caroline, I am so sorry. I cry for you and me. Nov. 24, I held my baby in my arms as he was put to sleep. My Rocky (Shih Tzu) was 16 and he was my baby. Had lost both eyeballs this year, had a collasping Trachea, pneumonia in May and Thanksgiving he got pneumonia again and his lungs just couldn't handle any more. The pain for me is never ending, feels like a hole in my heart. I am so sorry you had to face this same pain.
Thank you Kim. I'm not kidding when I say he was my baby. He was hand fed, taken to bed each night and stayed on my bed until I took him up each morning. Rocky trained me exactly like he wanted me and I loved his method which was total uncondational love.
My heart goes out to you Caro and Faye. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things to cope with. Neither Shera nor Rocky are suffering any more. That is the blessing that we all need to keep in the front of our minds.
Hi all,heres a pic of my shera,not at her best as shes 17,im feeling very guilty at the moment ,i know i done the right thing ,but still feel guilty,poor shera was getting alot worse ,going back a year ago shera and her daughter had one hell of a fight as they got jealous of each other ,molly caught shera's eye and i took her to the vets and they said she had damaged the channel under her eye,anyways they did not want to opperate because of her age,they said as long as it dont bother her and i keep cleaning the eye area and putting drops in her eye she should be ok.that was a year ago ,but last couple of months shera's been crying alot and didn't want me touching her eye as it hurt her to much,she could hardly stand up this last few weeks,went down hill very quick.
thank u all ,faye sorry to hear about your little rocky.
Caro and Faye,
I'm so sorry you lost your best pals .. I know its hard .but they are not in pain anymore. and that's a good thing we had to put one of are Aussies to sleep she had 3 years ago a stroke & a heart atack.
We still miss her
And I'm thinking maybe I can tumble some of my "reject" homemade tiles for mosaics, too...anyone else ever tried anything like that? Of course I have several 5-gallon planters full of rocks I've collected over the years, too. The little hobby tumbler I had just couldn't handle my need for VOLUME...LOL!!!
Yes, you can tumble broken pieces of tile for mosaics. It works just like with the glass; it smooths the sharp edges.
Glass, tiles and rocks should be done separately.
I also use mine to clean pieces of driftwood.
While running, it sounds like a waterfall. I have mine outside. A concerned neighbor stopped by one day. He thought I was running water. We live in a desert. He was very nice but concerned I was wasting water. I showed him what I was doing and he was very relieved.
Ooh I'm glad to hear the tile works. I bought BOXES of it to do a mosaic on my doesn't-yet-exist patio slab. I would have thought the tumbling would take the color off. Very cool.
Oh and I finally scored my montser tumbler too! A 35 pounder. :o It's not here yet, but should be arriving any day.
I just thought of you the other day Faye as I was loading up my HF. Yes, I am STILL tumbling from the box you sent. Wooohoooo, now I can tumble in volume!
P.S. this isn't exactly trash to treasure but I have to tell somebody...well anybody who'll listen. (If you don't want to listen just put your hands over your eyes. LOL!) I got a greenhouse for Christmas. :D Come to think about it, it's EXACTLY trash to treasure. The reason it's now mine is because it's quite dilapidated and in serious need of repair. I actually suspect my dad picked it up for nothing (or next to) and the real gift is that he's going to rebuild it for me. Good old Dad. Gotta love 'im for understanding what makes me tick.
Ack, I have been tumbling for 3 months and all I have to show for it is a gallon baggie full of glass. My goal was to tumble all winter long and hopefully have enough to make a dry creekbed running past my deck area in the spring. It is just too slow going with the 6 pound tumbler; hence the 35 lb. Turbo Tumbler. The guys at the recycle center have been saving bottles for me and they are actually getting ahead of me. Ha! No more I say!
a 35lb tumbler no that will get the job done.
take a picture so we can see what it looks like ...
I got few blue bottles for christmas even my soon to be son-in-law found an old
MofM at a junk shop for me ... now im not sure I want to smash it or slump it ..I got 4 of them in different sizes.
Hi everyone,hope you all enjoyed christmas,i worked on my mirror all over christmas,finished it christmas afternoon,it was a order i had,was a present was this gentlemas wife,but was worth it to see the end result,gentleman was very pleased,that put a smile on my face.
Looks like you all going to be busy with your tumblers,cant wait to see all your tumbled glass,please show pics when it ready. c u all soon caroline.
Oh how gorgeous! I have a large vintage buffet mirror that has a corner broken off. I've been trying to decide how to frame it to cover the break. I'd love to know what the pieces are, dishes? tile? bottles? I hope you were paid very well, it is worth it! Do you frame it and then cover the frame? Please share, pretty please!
Im happy you like my mirror,its frame is made from mdf board for base and mdf in four strips glued to that , then mirror is glued to that with mirror glue,then covered with small mirror tiles around mirror,then cut up teacups, plates ,saucers,i used a glue called nonails for indoor or out door use,then glouted with very light grey grout,if you have not made a mirror before ,start off with a small one first,are you going to make a mirror cathy4?.some of the dishes date back to the year 1903,but, i must say i had a smashing time making it lol. im so happy you like it thank you. caroline.
caroline, we may be moving in a few months, and I can already see this mirror hanging on the wall where it will reflect the light from the windows. I will make a small one first to learn the process.
I have a huge set of dishes my in-laws bought me for a wedding present over 30 years ago. I'd LOVE to smash them but they aren't in a color I would ever choose for myself. LOL I have my great grandmothers dishes, too, but I could never break them, they are a treasure.
I sold a china coffee set that was my MIL's that was a pretty shape----I would have liked if the colors had been COMPLETELY different----just wasn't my style. The lady who got it was thrilled; I didn't get much for it, but at least someone has it who appreciates it, and it's not taking up space in my house!
I think seed money for a greenhouse sounds like a MARVELOUS idea!
Oh my gosh, Caro, you should really put that mirror on
it's own thread, it is so pretty and will be buried in this faux
glass thread. By no means am I sending you away, I just
want your mirror to receive the accolades it deserves.
Oh, no, Carol, I didn't mean for you to leave at all, I just meant
that when people are viewing the Trash to Treasure forum, they
won't see your fabulous mirror unless they happen to read this
I have to run to work right now, but later on I'll make a new thread
for you. It doesn't mean you have to participate or even move, it
will just be a showcase for others to see your mirror. If you would rather
I not, I will understand. I'll check back in later to see what you think.
Basically I'm just wanting to show off your stuff! LOL
Hello there, I dont have a tumbler, but I luv beach glass. I have a few pieces I'd like to use. But my question is about sand blasting, does anyone do that? I bought a small blast unit (used). All I know is silica is bad news. I luv metal, glass, tile, pottery, terra cotta and talevera. I have a small round table and 2 chairs (ice cream parlor style). All metal, needs a tabletop and seats. I want to do a mosaic top, but I know nothing about getting started. The pattern books cost an arm & leg AND half a heart. I need my body parts to buy gas!!! I need a place to start. Can I use a piece of plywood to do a mosaic on? It will probably be used outside, or on a covered porch. At best it may get put in the garage for the winter! I'd really like to do it this year. I'm so inspired by you all:))
A sandblasting cabinet, lucky you! We have the blaster, but no cabinet.
One day...one day. :-)
Oh, you are lucky! You can place wine bottles into the cabinet with stickers
on them, then blast away, afterwards removing the stickers to reveal sections
which have not been blasted, still shiny and smooth. I'm not sure exactly what
type of stickers you would need, something that could survive the blasting.
Do you have a blaster and something to blast?
With regard to the table, I'm certainly no professional, but will give you
my two cents. I'm just guessing, but I think I would vote against using plywood
outdoors with mosaics, even if you were going to bring it in for the winter.
I would definitely suggest scoring and sealing the plywood, even consider
adding a sheet of backer board on top of the plywood. After you mosaic,
seal the grout and enjoy.
Definitely consider a visit to the mosaic forum for sure, as there are many
on board who have made outdoor and semi-outdoor projects. I'm not of much
help, I'm afraid.
Patterns are all over the place, lots of them free. Check some of the commercial mosiac sites. Or copy a simple pattern from a coloring book or similar source. Enlarge it to fit your table and you're good to go. Or make a sketch, perhaps abstract. For a first project, especially, you want to keep it simple so the design will show up.
Because there are lots of free bottles around, you could experiment with the sand blaster. Something like Gorilla tape might be strong enough to allow you to blast a design. It sounds like fun. Let us know how it works out.
Is your metal table top solid enough not to bend when moved? If so you could probably seal it with a rust proof paint and do the mmosaic directly on it. But don't do this if it might bend or buckle as this would crack the mosaic.
Hi again, since I'm not a typist, I'm going to refer to you all by your state. or country:)
PA. I love jazz's table. She is very talented, but unavailable!!haha:).
OK. I dont have a cabinet either, I got the blaster at an auction. I havnt even hooked it up yet. I'm going to build a cab. out of plywood. I want to cut the sleeves off a welders leather shirt and attach them to the arm holes. And use plexiglass for the window. I already have a pair of gloves, wow good start. A friend gave me a better *gun* than the silly plastic one it came with. I need to get blast medium. I guess I'll just try different grits till I find what I like. I never thought about blasting the actual tabletop. I just planned on blasting the paint off the frame. It is just a frame. Like jazz's was. I really am afraid to use plywood, unless I can get it sealed really well. How about greenboard? Its meant to get wet, right?
I have lots of stuff to blast. I have TtoT metal all over the place;) Aaannd, a good friend across the street who just happens to be a welder, yay:).
Mexico, I have an idea. I need to go to Lowes and look at tile. It might be *cheating*. But the more I think about it the more I like it. I like geckos, I have 2 small tiles with geckos in relief. If I trace them to a transparency, then transfer them to a sheet of 1in. tile. I can cut the sheet down to nip the edges and fill in the gaps. Does that make sense? And I should only need 3-4 colors.
CA. I'm going to search *handmade tiles* and see what pops up!
Well, now I wish I had a heated shop to work in!!! darn it. That doesnt help the cabin fever at all.
Happy New Year, Lora:) pics? yes, L8R
Slowto - check with your local Lowes for discarded tile. Just ask them in the tile department. If they don't have any at the moment they may take your name and number or just keep checking, if you are there a lot. I am able to get rubbermaid-type bins of tile for $5 including the bin! Some are broken, mismatched, discontinued, etc. I got quite a variety out of three bins. Haven't gotten any in a while - trying to cut back on my hoarding :-D
I asked about that several years ago. They told me they cant do that because the manu. wants all the rejects returned. So, I pick up bits and pieces whenever I can. I know there are places in the SW that sell all kinds of mismatched/broken/bad glaze etc. but not around here:(
Maybe its worth a try, again. Lowes, SL's and HD, here I come:)
Hey Brender, you want to trade? 2-3 tiles or a cup of pieces and I'll send you something! I'll take anything. I luv surprises:)
Our local hardware stores often have a shopping cart full of
broken tile and such with a "Take it all for $xx.xx type price.
Of course, when and if I'm in the store, I'm not there looking to
buy a cart full of tile. Sigh. The good things on the wrong days.
Let the fun begin, Caroline!!... You've inspired me to get back to tumbling - got some stuff at the recycle center last weekend. Got distracted (which doesn't take much!) by other stuff. Hope you are feeling better?
The boys at the recylce center have been saving blue bottles for me. I stop once every couple of weeks and they usually have anywhere from 2-6 bottles for me, but there are always at least a couple. I stopped today to pick up my booty and there was none! Not one stinkin' bottle. Apparently another lady stopped in enquiring about blue bottles and they thought I had sent her and they gave her my whole stash! Now I was a little disappointed but not terribly miffed, after all I do not hold exclusive rights to the Blue Bottle Market in Van Wert County. But I certainly hope she got all she needed and I am not going to have competition from here on in.
Oh, Lala, I'm so sorry! I realize it's not life and death for you, but
still, what a stinker! Maybe you could leave them a clearly typed
letter in bold font to hang in the office. "THESE BOTTLES ARE
Glad all of you popped in, you're just in time for the new thread.
This one is getting a bit long for the folks on dial-up.