Wednesday, March 30, 2011
CHIHULY COLLECTION EXHIBITION TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE | Oklahoma City Museum of Art
If you have not had the chance to visit in a while do so. Gather some inspiration!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Have you ever been experienced? Well I have. - Jimi Hendrix
I was not experienced. We needed to fix the furnace. We needed to repair some items in the studio. Time and heat are incredibly hard on equipment.
We turned off the furnace on a Thursday evening. I had ordered what I expected to be the things needed to repair it. A list is needed. The items that are consumable within the furnace and it's workings.
The Furnace - Elements, Gathering Port Casting, Crown Casting, High Temp Bricks, Fiber Frax, Noalox, Wires, Cooling tubes, BussBlocks, Watlow fuse... the folks over at Craftweb are most helpful and with a community of folks with a similar furnace it is invaluable to have assistance of this nature. I too would like to have a guide book or a wiki knowledge base for this purpose.
The Lehr - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehr_(glassmaking) I ordered the new elements from Duralite. The elements are configured by the company and they sent everything needed for installation. They do not send a how to guide. Not having done it correctly in the past we were not really ready. The element pig tails come up through the lehr wall and need to be covered with a mullite tube. We did not do this and had to go back and redo.
Yolks - We have several yolks now. Rollers for the yolks are available from Steinert. It does require a 3" angle iron to get the right spread on the rollers. Old wheels work well for the bases as they are heavy and balanced and can be moved easily by rolling them around.
Pipe Warmer - Still the process of building. Measure twice, cut once.
Glory Hole and Garage - I have purchased these commercially. Be aware that your time frame and the manufactures time frame may be different from one another. His month looks to be like four of my months.
Layout of the studio floor - This is always evolving. With electric lines and oxygen lines, and physical constraints it is difficult to find the best layout. I believe we continue to make good progress and hope it continues to get better over time.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We have been busy in the studio over the past few days. We have gotten everything broken down and started rebuilding. Things are moving along nicely. Good progress moving forward. We plan on tackling the furnace on Thursday. I am not sure if it will be hot and ready for the weekend yet. I will keep everyone posted.
many thanks for all the help.
Monday, March 07, 2011
I know I am missing a couple of folks listed below. I will check the schedule tonight and get it all update on the calendar.
Spring Break is quickly approaching. The new glory hole and garage should be here. I am getting three new fans to help move some air. We will be fixing broken things and making things better around the studio. Should be great fun.