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Barnacle Bay
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« on: August 01, 2013, 12:30:56 PM »

Hi Folks,

Just received my little blow pipe and I have been testing it by just blowing down it, but it only has a real tiny amount of air coming out of it, and I'm getting a wee bit dizzy  Undecided

I have now inspected the mouth piece hole size and it really is not as wide as a pin, should I make it slightly larger  Huh

Thanks in advance,

Lou
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 12:37:12 PM »

I've only used a blow pipe mandrel once, and very nearly blew the glass out (just caught it in time).  You only need a tiny amount of air, about enough to resuscitate a mouse!  I expect someone else with more experience will get back to you with proper advice.

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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 12:39:33 PM »

Nick thanks for that, though I'm not sure if the amount of air would resuscitate a flee  Cheesy

The hole size is approximately 0.1mm  Huh

Feeling a bit woozy - feels like I've had a couple of glasses of vino could save me some money  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013, 06:04:46 PM »

Do you have the slim Jim one? My eyes damn near exploded out me face first time I used it and still no shard! Try starting off with a small hollow. Once you have a wee bit of puff in there it does get easier.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013, 02:59:11 AM »

You can actually still breathe while blowing down the tube so you don't get dizzy, put some air in your cheeks like a hamster and use that and just breathe through your nose
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2013, 03:59:18 AM »

The hollow pipe is meant to be better than th slim jim...but i still get lightheaded trying to blow but dont think i have the technique down right!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2013, 04:39:19 AM »

I have the slim jim and found the same first time I used it however I then started to breath through my nose and it helped. It is amazing how small an amount of puff you need to make the glass expand and I always start with a hollow. HTH x
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2013, 06:02:05 AM »

Do you have the slim Jim one? My eyes damn near exploded out me face first time I used it and still no shard! Try starting off with a small hollow. Once you have a wee bit of puff in there it does get easier.

Not sure what its called but its slim.

I will fill my cheeks like a Hamster & use the breathing techiques Wink 
If that doesn't work, I will eat loads of baked beans, stick it in another blow hole and fart like crazy, I may get enough extra heat to melt some borro   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2013, 05:09:06 AM »

Is this to get the first bubble in?  If so then a couple of suggestions, you could try thumbing in like a glass blower does. So put your thumb in your mouth with the pipe with lips sealing all, blow into the pipe, cover the pipe end with thumb, take out of mouth - this should have put some air into the pipe and sealed it in there - then the heat from the pipe should expand the air and it has only one way to go - into the glass.  Once the bubble is started blowing the rest should be easier.  Or the other way to start a bubble for lampworking would be to wind the glass onto the end of the pipe such that you build a bubble into the glass - like you do when making a hollow bead, then make sure there are no holes in it, even it up and then blow
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 07:19:39 AM »

After a few trys and nothing with glass, tried blowing it in water & a very tiny bubble showed in the water - no wonder I was almost passing out, OH cut the end off so it now has a hole of the same diameter at both ends - and guess what... it is purfect really easy to blow and I blew a nice sized bubble first time and made these shards, should of cut the end off sooner!



Thanks for all your suggestions folks  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 01:26:55 PM »

Hey they look great! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 01:56:10 PM »

Hey they look great! Grin

He, he - cant wait to try them out as they do have a nice smudging of Kalypso & Triton on them  Grin

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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2013, 03:59:36 PM »

Ooo they are going to be a bit spesh then, have you plans or are you going to go with the flow?
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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2013, 04:08:55 PM »

Ooo they are going to be a bit spesh then, have you plans or are you going to go with the flow?


I'm just going to roll with it or in it - little kiln & gas on - check, tee minus 20 minutes and counting b4 I set myself loose, then shards away - & steady as she goes  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2013, 04:25:16 PM »

Share pics please?
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