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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby marykaynitchie » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:55 am

You can calculate it to be 6mm thick, but that is likely to leave gaps that don't fill in. The deeper your calculation, the more likely that your piece will result in a solid slab or tile.

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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby kimaicheler » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:04 pm

Hello, I am trying the flow slab technique for the first time. I am ready to fire, but have a concern. How much of a "gap" is acceptable to fill in the gaps. Should I add frit or just go for it?
Any suggestions before I fire?
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Also, I just re-read all the discussions on this thread and I appreciate the comment to add 1 inch to the piece before casting to allow for cold working. I lost more of the edging than I suspected. I can't wait to try it again with this idea. thanks.
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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby marykaynitchie » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:26 pm

How deep are your slabs? In your image, it looks like they will flow very little and fill in nicely. But that would be easier to confirm if your slabs are more than 6-8 mm deep.

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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby kimaicheler » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:40 pm

You were right! Yippee, the cracks filled in. I measured pre firing and it was indeed 8mm. so all is good.
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Before slumping, can you recommend the best cold working technique? The wet belt sander or the lap grinder I've been reading seem like the most logical next purchase. In the meantime with my current piece, is it best to even out the edges with the tile saw and then slump? The edges were a bit rough.
I'm so happy how this is coming out. I can't wait to try another "design".
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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby lalalandglassstudio » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:04 am

Hi, I was wondering what diamond blade was used on the wet saw? Thank you, cheers, Kirei
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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby marykaynitchie » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:26 am

I am not sure exactly which blade was used in the video, but blades are a big source of discussion. Here is a link to another thread about saw blades for glass:

http://www.bullseyeglass.com/forums/vie ... f=14&t=130

We also have a video called "Tile Saw Basics": https://videos.bullseyeglass.com/videos ... aw-basics/

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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby alix » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:01 pm

In the wedge-slab diagram, can you tell me where the negative space is? Thanks!
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Re: Pattern Bar: Flow Slab

Postby marykaynitchie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:08 am

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