Tuesday, January 27, 2009

9 new members of the family

These are the nine I made yesterday. Next is the polishing of the bottoms.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Made 9 paperweights today

I made 9 paperweights today/tonight. They are made of some nice dichroic glass with twisted latticimo cane. I will post a pick tommarow night. Also, Ive been thinking of not trying to sell on ebay for a while and try to use Kane County Flea Market as an avenue to sell my art, this way people can look over the peice first and decide. Oh, also today I bought another 40lbs tank of propane. I have two now spliced together to feed the glory hole. Have a good day to all of you, and Ill chat with you on the next post.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Made Glass Today!

The long awaited day has arrived. I made 4 paperweights today in the shop. I'm fortunate to have my own shop running again.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Furnace is running!

Today I installed the new controller and started the furnace. It will be up to around 1800 degrees over a period of 18 hours. It was -14 degrees in Chicago this morning. Im not kidding..................I wanna move! So far the choices are : Seattle, Chapel Hill, Durham NC, or Jacksonville Fla.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Today in the shop I added dabs of mortar to the element shelves. This will keep the elements from creeping of the shelf as they soften from the heat. I also added a 40watt light bulb and socket to the inside of the electrical cabinet. This will add some radiant heat to, hopefully, keep the temperature near the digital controller above the minimum 15 degrees to operate. Im projecting that within 2 weeks I will make the first batch of glass.............God willing.

Monday, January 5, 2009

fired up the annealer

I was in the shop today and figured out how to program the controller for the annealer and also brought the annealer up to 950 degrees F. This is a small but important victory. Reminds me of a saying I heard "how do you eat an elephant.......one small bite at a time".

Friday, January 2, 2009

This is the control panel for the annealing oven. I finished it today. I am heading back to the shop to weld the yoke stand together.