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 on: November 25, 2020, 07:03:57 AM 
Started by BeeBeads - Last post by BeeBeads
Thank you George.

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 on: November 24, 2020, 06:33:35 AM 
Started by BeeBeads - Last post by mizgeorge
I make them in sterling. The biggest selection for base metals would probably be bijoux - https://www.bijouxbeads.co.uk/pvc-tubing/pvc-3mm

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 on: November 23, 2020, 07:40:43 AM 
Started by BeeBeads - Last post by BeeBeads
Can anyone tell me where I can find the peg-style type of closures for rubber tubing?  They're the ones that push into the tube ends and form a tight closure. 
Thank you!  Smiley

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 on: November 22, 2020, 08:02:57 AM 
Started by shelly - Last post by Dietmar
Marble making is fun.

If you need more practice, make after every day some "bench cleaner marbles". Get all leftovers from the bench and assort them roughly into color groups like blues, hot colors and greens. Heat the end of a stainless steel punty and stick the leftovers to the end. Heat the whole blob untill the air goes out and give it a nice twist with a second punty or a glass rod. Shape it with your marble mould and transfer to a clear glass punty to continue the shaping process on the other hemisphere.

A bubble free clear is a problem in 104. If you get a good batch try to keep the bubbles out while gathering it into a blob. Remove the scummy ends from freshly cleaned rods with your tweezers in the flame, before fusing them together. Avoid any folding operations and push the solid rods slowly into the maria or the gather between both ends. Let the gather cool untill it is solid and peel the outside if needed. Use this Gather as you would use a boro gather and keep it nice and warm while all operations.

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 on: November 22, 2020, 03:56:44 AM 
Started by mel - Last post by Dietmar
There might be a tooo big difference in COE between the green and the other glass of the bead. I woulr like to see the broken surfaces to examine the way it broke. Glass tells you a lot about what went wrong, but you'll have to read it.

It might help to dilute that glass with a COE 104 glass. In a class I was told to use a transparent green (pea green) to mix it, but I choose the opaque version. The opacifier will break down but the lower viscosity might help better to make the COEs fit better.

If you do the stringer test, it shows how well the two glasses will fit in a combination. The test result should be straighter after mixing with the same amount of COE 104.

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 on: November 18, 2020, 11:59:06 PM 
Started by Flowers - Last post by Flowers
Thank you all so much for the really great help and advice.  Moira I think that the nightlight you have sent a link to may be ideal in all my searching I couldnít find one like that with the sensor at the bottom so the glass doesnít cover it.  I think it may work I will order one to try.
Thank you all soooo much.

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 on: November 18, 2020, 04:50:09 PM 
Started by Flowers - Last post by Moira HFG
How about this?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-Night-Light-Plug-In-Auto-Sensor-Energy-Saving-Children-Nursery-Baby-Safety/302260570073?epid=17034686650&hash=item46602247d9:g:xPkAAOSwuxFY0um6

You'd need to make some sort of attachment to fix A to B. Maybe run a line of silicone around the edge? Or make a wire bezel-type thing?

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 on: November 18, 2020, 01:16:37 PM 
Started by Flowers - Last post by mizgeorge
Unfortunately our 220/240 voltage would fry one from the US.

I wonder if you could adapt one of the flat square plug in nightlights from Amazon etc? I suspect the front panel may well be about the right size to replace with your fused piece. Otherwise, perhaps just make a little stand with a warm tone LED light behind it.

Alternatively, it might be worth contacting one of the stained glass suppliers - I'm sure I've seen a kit version somewhere in the UK.




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 on: November 18, 2020, 08:35:34 AM 
Started by Flowers - Last post by Flowers
Hi Nick
Thank you for the great idea I did think of this but would I need a transformer as we are on a lower voltage than in America?  I really donít know how the electrical stuff works :-)

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 on: November 18, 2020, 02:16:33 AM 
Started by Flowers - Last post by Nicknack
Hi. I don't know where to buy them, but, as a last resort, you could get an American one and an adapter. You can get them from Boots, and probably online. It fits our plugs, with holes for the US plug in it.

Nick

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