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Save on Our Compact Sandblaster for Your Home Studio - Get the convenience of two blasters in one!
Add incredible interest and dimension to your glass art with sandblasting! This Cyclone Blaster offers professional results at an affordable price. Small enough for a home workshop, but sturdy enough for repeated studio use, you will get double the value with the combination features. Includes both a pencil and spray gun blaster. Pencil blaster is ideal for detailed areas and smaller projects while the spray gun is excellent for blasting larger areas quickly.
Glass Etching book
Aluminum Oxide, 10 lbs.
2 moisture separators
Requires a 70w light bulb. Sandblaster requires an air compressor and connector (found at tool stores).
Sandblasted coral reef project by Michael Johnson. Floral project below from the book included in this kit, "Glass Etching: Surface Techniques and Designs," shown by permission. Design by Debra Oxley. Executed by Norm Dobbins.
Cons : lack of CLEAR instructions, book makes setting up more confusing.
instruction manual would be nice, not pieces of paper in three different spots.
Other Thoughts : The book that comes with the kit has instructions for setting up a sand blasting station, but nothing like the item purchased. Instructions should be more than pieces of paper stuck here and there on the unit, very confusing for a newbie.
Pros : The book that comes with this kit is excellent. It really helped in getting started
Cons : The set up instructions for both the cabinet and the air filter/dryers were basically non-existing. However, once i figured everything out with the help of someone at Home Depot, it worked fine.
Other Thoughts : Must take out the orange tabs on the filters to get the system to work. Also, it is important to really tighten the connections between the cabinet and the filters to prevent leaks.
Part 1 of a 2 part blog on the basics of glass fusing. In this weeks article Donna will tell us how to set up your work area and gives suggestions on finding the perfect kiln. Often potential fusers ask about the cost of getting started in glass. I found that it isnt as expensive as one might think because the list of necessities for the beginner is not too long. So what would the list look like for someone who had NO experience at all? Well, this is what I began with, and I think you might find these ideas helpful. Space to Work- A place to cut glass can be fairly small. The most important detail is a floor surface such as concrete that will be easy to clean. I tried commercial tile in my first studio, and the shards were soon embedded under the work area. Obviously,
Fusing glass in a kiln is a fascinating technique that enables artists to create unique and gorgeous projects. The following fusing rules and firing instructions should provide you with enough information to make a variety of projects, creating an appreciation for the complexities and potential of fused glass, and paving the way for more intricate designs and ideas. Download
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href=http //www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html Adobe web site. -- Tested Compatible When glass is heated inside a kiln it expands, and when it cools it contracts. When fusing two or more pieces of glass together, they need to expand and contract at the same rate. Otherwise, when the glass cools, one glass will pull on the other
Mosaics add charm and whimsy to any room in your home or corner of your garden. Mosaics are not only beautiful to display, but they are truly a lot of fun to make. Traditional mosaics are made by cutting tiny pieces of glass and fitting them together with just enough space between each piece for grout. Traditions change, however, and todays contemporary mosaics are not only made from glass but broken china pieces, buttons, shells and even Grandmas rhinestone jewelry. To begin, choose an item on which to mosaic- fountains, small bistro tables and stepping stones are good starting places, but generally mosaics can be applied to any and all surfaces. If youve chosen a smooth surface, rough it up first using fine grit sandpaper or score it using a craft knife. A rough surface will allow the adhesive to form a better grip. Next, decide on a pattern for