View Full Version : May I introduce myself and aske a question?

08-12-2003, 09:28 PM
Hello everyone my name is Ed but my nick is Tass. I have been looking around the forums a bit and this is the best forum I have found for glass art on the web so far. I have a nortel Red-Max and some day may get good enough to actually use the larger burner but for now I just use the minor. I am self trained by reading a few books from the library and finding out as much as I can on the web.

I am starting to move past just doing beads and would like to start making other items. and this is where my question comes in. I have read all kinds on info on the web about making different canes and I cant find any info on making ribbed cane. I would like to try and make some glass pens but it needs the ribbed cane and I would like to know if anyone can point me to a site with info on making it? any help would be great.

I hope I can make a contribution to the forums as I do have a few things that I may be able to write up as a Tutorial and I thing others might like the info. Until then.


08-12-2003, 09:54 PM
I don't know how it is made, I only know one place where you can buy it... CR Loo. I'll be watching this thread with interest, though!!


Ted Trower
08-12-2003, 10:25 PM
Ribbed cane is made by pressing the gather into an optic mold ( available from Steinert Industries and a few others) just before pulling the cane. It's not that hard to make your own molds if you want to but the commercially made molds are wonderful.

Mike E etc
08-12-2003, 11:02 PM

very brief and not complete;

08-12-2003, 11:54 PM
Mike and ted thank you very much I think between the 2 I have figured out how I can make a mold and what to do. I will let you know how it turnes out in a few days when I get the extra time to make a mold and do a few pulls.


Jennifer Geldard
08-13-2003, 12:59 AM
Arrow springs has some info here:

08-13-2003, 07:16 AM
You can maka a very simple mold by taking a block of wood and putting nails in it in a circular pattern. The nails need to be angled slightly outward at the top and remove the heads.

You can also make ribbed cane by striping rod down another rod and heat just enough to twist and pull but not enough to melt it all smooth.

Mark Wilson
08-13-2003, 07:31 AM
another method is it get your gather on a punty, then roll it on a cane marver. i bought my cane marver from steinert. here is a picture that shows it. there is a different pitch on each side of this steel plate. the cane marver sits on top of a hot plate to bring it up.