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High quality diamond abrasive surface makes smoothing rough edges easy
Perfect hand held size – pad measures about 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 1-1/4" each
Ideal for cold working small fused projects. Use all four grits in conjunction to take your project from unfinished to high sheen. Just start with a lower grit pad and work your way up to the highest grit for a beautiful shine. Also great for taking the sharp edges off of glass. The surface of each pad has a plated diamond abrasive surface that is permanently glued to the semi-flexible foam support pad. Use wet or dry for fine work on glass, marble, ceramics, granite and other composites. Pads measure about 4.25" x 2.5" x 1.25".
Save when you buy this four pack of Diamond Hand Pads. Includes one of each grit: 70, 120, 220, and 400. Also sold separately.
Pros : I use these just about every time I fuse. They are a must-have if you don't have a grinder! They are my go-to if my cut is not quite straight and are really handy for putting nice clean edges on jewelry. Also handy for getting stuck-on shelf wash off the bottom of your pieces. I use the 70 grit the most often, and it takes a lot of material off quickly. The higher grits are good for smoothing out rough spots or burs.
Cons : Great for smaller pieces, but sometimes I wish they were just a bit larger.
Part 2 of a 2 part series on the basics of glass fusing. In this weeks article Donna gives advice on indispensable tools for beginner glass fusers. In the beginning, I used one larger tool, and that was a Super Star Grinder. It is still running, running, running. Others have come, and some have gone, but this one is still here. For smaller cold working projects, diamond hand pads do a nice job. The next cutting tool that I bought was a saw. My Taurus 3 Ring Saw has worked extremely well for me, and I love what I can do with it that I couldnt do before, but I worked for 2 years before I purchased this nifty item. As for cutters and breakers, I have many, but for me, the Silberschnitt breaker pliers are a must for small (1/4") strip breaking.....saves so much glass. I use both plastic
Frit Molds are becoming increasingly more popular, especially with all the new styles of jewelry molds coming out. Getting a beautiful finished project can be tricky at times. Issue #1 Glass tends to stick; and create sharp ‘daggers’ on the sides of the glass project. This can happen when the glass ‘separator’ is getting thin or worn away. Boron Nitride MR-97 is the answer. It is a versatile product that can also be used on stainless steel molds as well. Think of it like ‘teflon’ on your frying pan. It will not allow the glass to stick to the mold. Projects pop right out and are ready to wear. You do have to follow the instructions and reapply as directed. Watch a video on how to use Boron Nitride MR-97. However if you do get ‘spurs’ on the sides of your project, simply use a wet hand sanding pad to