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Old 02-20-2003, 09:41 AM
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How to make your own frit and save money!!!

we all love glass, just about as much as we all love to save money. i will admit it, i do not like to waste anything, or spend more money than is absolutely required. so when i need some frit, i usually make it myself to save money. you can buy about 10 different color cullet glass from Gabbert Cullet (304-375-6435). it cost around 60 cents to $1 per pound plus shipping costs from NC. here is a picture of some red, green, and blue cullet from them. the glass came from the fenton art glass factory.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:42 AM
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here is closer picture of the red glass
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:45 AM
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to make frit, you need to crush the big pieces of glass into little ones. you can buy an expensive glass crusher from several places, but they don't work any better than the one i made. it uses standard pipe fittings.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:46 AM
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first off, make sure to do this in a well ventilated place, wear a resporator, and gloves. place a handful of glass into the crusher.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:47 AM
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put the center rod in place
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:48 AM
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then wack it with a hammer a few times.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:49 AM
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after you are done, the post will be sitting deeper in the crusher.
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now to sort out the various sizes of frit, you need a few different screens and a bowl.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:52 AM
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i nest the screens inside each other and then pour the glass into them.
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then i use a finer screen to seperate the powder into 2 different sizes.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:55 AM
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any big chunks get recycled again.
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:56 AM
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the net effect is that i end up with 4 different size frits 0, 1, 3, and 7. i am going to look for another screen so i can get 5 (size in mm).
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Old 02-20-2003, 09:59 AM
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i pour it into bottles, lable them, and then it is ready for use. normally a bottle of glass will cost from $6 to $8 if you buy it, but is costs much less to make it yourself. and it does not take much time, much equipment, and you can even get some pleasure by crushing something.
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of course you will be getting some big chunks of glass as well. i use these by preheating them to 1100F and then picking them up directly on a red hot blowpipe. you might have to wack them with a small sledge hammer to precrush it to work with the technique i have just described. thats it.!!
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Mark thank you!!! You are always so giving to this forum. And the Info you give is always so helpful. Thanks for the pictures as well. They are worth a thousand words.
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