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Coldworking with Loose Grit

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There are many options for finishing glasswork once it has come out of the kiln. You can use expensive machines to cut, carve, grind, and polish work. Or you can achieve these results simply, effectively, and inexpensively by coldworking with loose grit. (Loose grit is composed of particles of abrasive media, in this case silicon carbide, the same material typically found on wet/dry sandpaper.) In this lesson you will learn the advantages of working with loose grit over fixed-abrasive machinery, how to set up a grinding station, how to grind glass with loose grit, and different finishes you can achieve.

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